Out of Place

Out of Place

A Memoir

eBook - 1999
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"Out of Place is an extraordinary story of exile, a narrative of many departures, a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the Arab landscape of his early years - "the many places and people [who] no longer exist ... Essentially a lost world." Vast changes occurred as Palestine became Israel, Lebanon was transformed by twenty years of civil war, and the colonial Egypt of King Farouk disappeared forever by 1952." "Underscoring all is the confusion of identity as Said had to come to terms with the dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, ultimately, an outsider."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307829641
0307829642
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 295 p.) : ill.
Summary: "Out of Place is an extraordinary story of exile, a narrative of many departures, a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the Arab landscape of his early years - "the many places and people [who] no longer exist ... Essentially a lost world." Vast changes occurred as Palestine became Israel, Lebanon was transformed by twenty years of civil war, and the colonial Egypt of King Farouk disappeared forever by 1952." "Underscoring all is the confusion of identity as Said had to come to terms with the dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, ultimately, an outsider."--Jacket.

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Oct 10, 2016

An interesting non-political, personal view of the Middle East during the first half of the 20th century. Said's parents suffered the death of their first-born son when an infant so they were very protective of "Edward". This autobiography of Said (1935-2003) is the chronicle of his 30-year struggle for self-identity. While illustrated with family photographs, this autobiography might have benefited from a family tree diagram and some simple period maps of Cairo and Lebanon.

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