Thursday, October 31, 2013

A thousand farewells

I am now reading Nahlah Ayed's A Thousand Farewells. It's more than just no-nonsense coverage of a difficult part of the world as this review notes. It is intensely personal. The autobiographical component is gripping and is an essential part of her coverage. It is curious that I began reading it in Winnipeg, the place where she grew up - apart from 7 years in a refugee camp in Jordan from age 6 to 13, an experience her parents thought essential - and though painful, it has produced a reporter who has integrity and can understand the need for escape from the primal bonds of millennia of interlocking rules.  These are bonds that should be destroyed. (Compare Psalm 2.)

More complete review here