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My Father's Paradise

A Son's Search for His Family's Past
Sabar, Ariel (Book - 2009)
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In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted storytellers and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people's traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage--until he had a son of his own.
Authors: Sabar, Ariel
Title: My father's paradise
a son's search for his family's past
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009, c2008
Edition: 1st paperback ed
Characteristics: viii, 344 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ariel Sabar
Notes: Includes Reader's guide and other special features
Contents: Zakho
1. What's in a name
2. An Island in a river
3. A Book with shining pages
4. Rotten core
5. A Surprise
6. The Dyer's son
7. Little thumb girl
8. A Woman's purpose
9. A Prayer to the Prophet
10. No wasted steps
11. Lost in the land of Assyria
12. Speaking with angels
13. Arabs before Jews
14. Plus and minus
15. The Mountains are our only friends
16. Freezing in Baghdad
17. Hanging
18. Let the Hajji speak
19. Can't help this time
20. To hell with books
21. Let my people go
22. A Suitable level of civilization
23. God will provide
24. Iraqi stamps
Israel
25. Kissing the ground
26. Where are the Jewish synagogues?
27. Herzl's beard
28. Ana Kurdi
29. Some of the best in Zakho
30. John Savage
31. Sleepwalking out windows
32. The Brotherhood of man
33. Gold
Aramaic
34. Lishana Deni
35. Cleft sentences
36. It's all God's world
37. Hets and 'Ayins
38. Abandoning the fountainhead
39. Exiled and redeemed
40. Systematic description of a living dialect
41. Getting lost
Yale
42. Aramaic for dirges
43. To a deep well
44. Missions
45. A Memorial candle
46. Are they kings?
47. Some enchanted place
Father and son
48. Speechless
49. Hollywood on the Habur
50. Coming of the Messiah
51. Covenants
The Return
52. River keeps flowing
53. Time travel
54. Habur
55. Kiss the eyes of your sons
56. Turkish delights or Jordan almonds
57. Heaven sent
58. Chasing phantoms
59. A Disaster, God forbid
60. Kind of a problem
61. Breakdown
62. "The Girl. the Jew, is alive"
63. Convenient truths
Conclusion
64. Paradise lost
65. Ice-blended mocha
66. Saba's music
Summary: In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted storytellers and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people's traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage--until he had a son of his own.
Awards & Distinctions: National Book Critics Circle Award, Autobiography
ISBN: 1565129334
9781565129337
Branch Call Number: 305.8924 S113m 2009
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-332)
Subject Headings: Zākhū (Iraq) Jews, Kurdish United States Jews, Kurdish Israel Jews, Kurdish Iraq Zākhū Sabar, Ariel Sabar, Yona
Topical Term: Jews, Kurdish
Jews, Kurdish
Jews, Kurdish
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