A Novel

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"From celebrated Irish writer Colum McCann comes a dazzling new novel set in Occupied Palestine and Israel. In an astonishing act of the imagination, McCann illuminates the political situation that has riven the region for more than seventy years in a completely new light. Using a fascinating blend of real events and people, he fictionalizes their stories. As the author says, "This is a hybrid novel with invention at its core, a work of storytelling which, like all storytelling, weaves together elements of speculation, memory, fact and imagination." McCann tells the story of Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, and how they came together after the terrible loss of both of their daughters, one to suicide bombers and the other to Israeli police. Parents from both sides who have lost loved ones gather together in a Parents Circle to tell their stories, to heal, and to never forget their unimaginable losses. Deploying a myriad of seemingly unrelated historical, cultural and biographical snapshots, this highly original and inventive novel reframes the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The result is a breath-taking narrative based on events that actually happened. McCann says, "Bassam and Rami have allowed me to shape and reshape their worlds. Despite these liberties, I hope to remain true to the actual realities of their shared experiences." Apeirogon is a completely mesmerizing novel. Driven by a compelling voice, Colum McCann has written a powerful and haunting narrative that is simply masterful in its universal implications."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.,, 2020
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9781443424431

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Mar 17, 2020

Two fathers, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, become friends when they meet in a group for parents whose children have been killed in their country’s long-running conflicts. But, that’s just the simplest description. Like other of his books, which echo in this one, readers are taken through an extraordinary number of random coincidences that reflect our shared humanity.

Amazing way to tell these families’ stories, experiencing the grief and guilt that stays with them and their navigation through ordinary life called by them, the Occupation. But, the book is so much more, although hard to describe. Highly recommended. Almost an experience just to read it!

Mar 08, 2020

I must preface this review, by saying that I had to read the New York Times book review before I appreciated this book. I don’t like reading other opinions before I read this book, but there was so much information about why McCann wrote this in such short chapters. Once I understood what an apeirogon was, things started to make sense. It is a polygon with an infinate number of sides. It a novel based on the death of two girls in Israel. One is Jewish and one is Muslim. The two fathers became friends and have spent countless hours talking about creating a peaceful world. Voices of many people are heard in this 457-page book. It is not a book to be read quickly, but rather a book to grief the death of innocent people as well as hope that things can change.

debwalker Feb 29, 2020

Reframing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Brothers united in grief for their daughters. Brilliantly told in 1,001 fragmentary chapters, an allusion to the Arabian Nights.

Feb 28, 2020

This is the best book I've read so far in 2020. I don't remember the last time I rated a book this high. I can't say I "enjoyed" it or "liked" it, because those words aren't appropriate for this book. I don't "enjoy" reading about the deaths of children. I don't "like" graphic descriptions of bombings. This is a difficult book to read because of its subject matter and structure, but it's an important book we should all read.

Apeirogon is a brilliant book. McCann attempts to tell the story of a huge subject (the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). His novel is an apeirogon; it shows the many different sides to a complex and confusing history.

My full review can be seen on my blog, MySplendidMess.com.

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