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In the Country of Men

Matar, Hisham (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In the Country of Men


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In the Country of Men captures life in Libya in the wake of Muammar al-Qaddafi's revolution. Through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy named Suleiman, we watch a family struggle for survival in a climate of deadly political suspicion. Against a backdrop of innocent childhood rituals--playing games with his best friends, learning his country's history on visits to the ruins surrounding Tripoli--Suleiman is also awakened to dangers he cannot comprehend. When his father is brutally interrogated and his best friend's father disappears, Suleiman arrives at a crossroads that will shatter his understanding of home and homeland.--From publisher description.
Authors: Matar, Hisham, 1970-
Title: In the country of men
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press Trade Paperbacks,, 2008, c2006
Edition: Dial Press Trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 264 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Hisham Matar
Summary: In the Country of Men captures life in Libya in the wake of Muammar al-Qaddafi's revolution. Through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy named Suleiman, we watch a family struggle for survival in a climate of deadly political suspicion. Against a backdrop of innocent childhood rituals--playing games with his best friends, learning his country's history on visits to the ruins surrounding Tripoli--Suleiman is also awakened to dangers he cannot comprehend. When his father is brutally interrogated and his best friend's father disappears, Suleiman arrives at a crossroads that will shatter his understanding of home and homeland.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 9780385340434
0385340435
Branch Call Number: FICTION MATAR 2008
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I read that this was "the Libyan Kite Runner", in the sense of being told through the eyes of a young boy with the back drop that of a country in turmoil. Lyrical language and sense of foreboding throughout.

Report This Jun 14, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The novel foreshadows Matar's later book, "Anatomy of a Disappearance". Set in Lybia, the father disappears in this novel as well.

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  • CorinneSaad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent novel to help you understand what's happening in Libya today - although not for the faint of heart. Matar exposes the weaknesses in all his characters. His language is also quite beautiful.

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