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I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters (urspr publ 2001; utgåvan 2002)

av Rabih Alameddine

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Named by Her grandfather after the "divine" Sarah Bernhardt, the Lebanese-American artist Sarah Nour El-Din tells her story. She begins a memoir, a novel -- and abandons every attempt in the course of the first chapter.What emerges from these fictional fragments is extraordinary -- a woman, and a life, perhaps more real than any we have known in literature. Raised in a hybrid family shaped by divorce and remarriage, and by Beirut in wartime, Sarah finds a fragile peace in self-imposed exile in the United States. Her vibrant character has survived rape, her mother's suicide, her sister's madness, and the impossibility of escaping her family. Her extraordinary dignity is supported by her best friend, a grown-up son, occasional sensual pleasures, and her determination to tell her own story.Passionate in her loves and even in her failures, Sarah Nour El-Din will walk off the page into the reader's life, even as she struggles to compose her own.… (mer)
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Titel:I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters
Författare:Rabih Alameddine
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2002), Paperback, 320 pages
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I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters av Rabih Alameddine (2001)

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Compelling narrative experiment. The novel unfolds as a series of first chapters, frustrated beginnings that challenge us to think carefully about the nature of storytelling. It ends up as a poignant family saga. ( )
  jalbacutler | Aug 19, 2019 |
This was very interesting.....

Sarah is living in the u.s. after coming here to study from Lebanon... Beirut was a dangerous & unhappy place to live.

Her father Lebanese, her mother American, divorced when Sarah was two... Her father then married a much younger woman, a Lebanese peasant, who made life difficult for Sarah & her two sisters.

Sarah's story is told in First Chapters (how clever), going back and forth in time. Two of the chapters were written in French, so I didn't bother with those.

I'm amazed that a man was able to write the story of a woman w/ such clarity & accuracy.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jul 25, 2019 |
This is a bit of a break from normality for me, but I enjoyed it a lot. Really interesting author. ( )
  lydiasbooks | Jan 17, 2018 |
sincerity flowing from half-formed artifice, chinks and cracks and gaping holes. sarah is a woman most herself when trying to be someone else. and so, by extension, is alameddine. he is his characters, whatever guise they take, and their stories are his stories.

and this is the book that stays with me, however many times re-read—because here he plays it straight.
  shmibs | Aug 24, 2017 |
Deze roman begint steeds opnieuw. De Libanese Sarah probeert in het steeds terugkerende eerste hoofdstuk greep op haar leven te krijgen. Ze is van een druzische familie en door haar grootvader vernoemd naar de actrice Sarah Bernardt. Ze leeft in Amerika, maar keert regelmatig terug naar haar familie in Beiroet. Sarah is sinds haar jeugd, als eerste meisje op een jongensschool, altijd buitenstaander gebleven. Gaandeweg onthullen zich de familie-intriges uit het verleden. Ook grootvader valt van zijn voetstuk. Uiteindelijk realiseert Sarah zich dat ze een onlosmakelijk deel van deze bizarre familie is. Alamaddine heeft een goed geconstrueerde, gevoelige roman geschreven. Een aanwinst voor de Libanese literatuur die altijd van hoogstaand niveau is geweest. Mooi omslag in steenrood met voorovergebogen vrouwengelaat; kleine druk. (bron: www.bibliotheekboxtel.nl - Drs. L.K. de Voogd) ( )
  Jannekemulder | May 26, 2010 |
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Named by Her grandfather after the "divine" Sarah Bernhardt, the Lebanese-American artist Sarah Nour El-Din tells her story. She begins a memoir, a novel -- and abandons every attempt in the course of the first chapter.What emerges from these fictional fragments is extraordinary -- a woman, and a life, perhaps more real than any we have known in literature. Raised in a hybrid family shaped by divorce and remarriage, and by Beirut in wartime, Sarah finds a fragile peace in self-imposed exile in the United States. Her vibrant character has survived rape, her mother's suicide, her sister's madness, and the impossibility of escaping her family. Her extraordinary dignity is supported by her best friend, a grown-up son, occasional sensual pleasures, and her determination to tell her own story.Passionate in her loves and even in her failures, Sarah Nour El-Din will walk off the page into the reader's life, even as she struggles to compose her own.

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