Search Results: "Said K. Aburish"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 1995

"Despite—and often because of—the author's strong bias, this book is valuable reading for anyone who wants to understand the prevailing Arab perceptions of modern Middle Eastern history. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A long, bitter indictment of Riyadh, whose royal denizens are charged with greed, self-interest, and incompetence. ``Like a rotting carcass, the House of Saud is beginning to decompose,'' writes political consultant and journalist Aburish (Children of Bethany, not reviewed, etc.), who blames Saudi Arabia for the long and wide tragedies of the Arab people. Read full book review >

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NASSER by Said K. Aburish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2004

"'For an Arab to excel in administration is rare,' Aburish remarks in another curious statement. If so, Nasser was all the more exceptional."
Thoughtful—though sometimes puzzling—biography of the Arab world's "most charismatic leader since the Prophet Mohammed," and the last to command international influence. Read full book review >

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OUT OF PLACE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"A beautiful and moving account that stands on its own as a classic in the art of memoir and as a key to understanding the genesis of Said's intellectual work."
Said's compassionate and lyrical memoir explores his feelings of displacement in both his cultural setting and his family, revealing the roots of his intellectual, political, and personal unfolding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1982

"Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault (a valuable service); and if he fails to present a strong case for the originality or coherence of his own approach to criticism, he touches on a wide spectrum of lit-crit schools with erudition and balance—making this a quietly provocative collection for specialists in critical theory."
Said (Orientalism, Covering Islam) presents his more strictly academic/literary side here—in a dozen more-or-less-related essays, most of which derive from lectures and academic-journal pieces. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM THE GOLDEN HORN by Kurban Said
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Stylish and amusing, buoyed up on plaintive emotional undercurrents. Any reader who loved Ali and Nino won't want to miss it."
A first English translation of a 1938 novel by the pseudonymous Eurasian author of the classic romance Ali and Nino (not reviewed): another incisive portrayal of the cultural incompatibility of East and West. Read full book review >

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FROM OSLO TO IRAQ AND THE ROAD MAP by Edward W. Said
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Always controversial, but worthwhile for those who follow current events—and those who wish for peace in Palestine."
A gathering of recent, polemical pieces on the Middle East by the late literary scholar, pinning most of the blame for the troubles on Israel, but assigning some to the PLO. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2000

"A powerful, groundlevel perspective on one of the greatest tragedies of our time."
A collection of 50 impassioned, damning essays on the consequences of the Middle East peace process. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR PALESTINE by Najla Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An enlightening, warm, timely coming-of-age story exploring the author's search for identity framed within the confounding maze of America's relationship with the Middle East."
In an illuminating memoir, the daughter of Edward Said, the writer, academic and symbol of Palestinian self-determination, explores her complex family history and its role in shaping her identity. Read full book review >

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THE OUTLAW VARJAK PAW by SF Said
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"It's a rare sequel that so surpasses its predecessor; one hopes the neatly resolved plotlines don't preclude further installments. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Varjak Paw is back! Read full book review >

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THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE by Edward W. Said
Released: Nov. 21, 1979

"By using and recommending only partisan documentation, however, and neglecting to provide evidence for a number of controversial interpretations (Palestinian 'ejection from Israel; 'unauthorized' Arab terrorism), Said limits the usefulness of his tract as a scholarly work; but the position had not heretofore been articulated at this elevated level."
In this polemical essay, Edward Said, a Columbia professor and member of the Palestinian National Council, presents the Palestinian case to the American public—a follow-up to his general attack on the field of Middle East studies in Orientalism (1979). Read full book review >

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REFLECTIONS ON EXILE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating exploration of post-colonialism as seen through the eyes of its progenitor."
A compilation of 35 years' worth of critical essays from one of the boldest and most articulate cultural theorists alive today. Read full book review >

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ORIENTALISM by Edward W. Said
Released: Nov. 30, 1978

"The book is redundant and not always reasonable, but bound to cut a wide swath and leave its mark."
One may quibble with the title: this is a study of Islamic Orientalism solely, of Western representations of the Near East, with little or no direct reference to Persia, India, China, Japan. Read full book review >