KOOLAIDS RABIH ALAMEDDINE PDF

Shelves: fiction , international I read this book after being blown away by The Hakawati speaking of underlining book titles, the MLA has changed their guidelines to suggest italics instead , and wanted to read something else by Alameddine. There is not much of comparison between the two works. The multiple narrative perspectives are there in both books, Lebanon as seen by an expatriot, but the similarities end there. Koolaids makes parallels between war-torn Lebanon and the gay community torn apart by the AIDS epidemic. The I read this book after being blown away by The Hakawati speaking of underlining book titles, the MLA has changed their guidelines to suggest italics instead , and wanted to read something else by Alameddine.

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Shelves: fiction , international I read this book after being blown away by The Hakawati speaking of underlining book titles, the MLA has changed their guidelines to suggest italics instead , and wanted to read something else by Alameddine. There is not much of comparison between the two works. The multiple narrative perspectives are there in both books, Lebanon as seen by an expatriot, but the similarities end there. Koolaids makes parallels between war-torn Lebanon and the gay community torn apart by the AIDS epidemic.

The I read this book after being blown away by The Hakawati speaking of underlining book titles, the MLA has changed their guidelines to suggest italics instead , and wanted to read something else by Alameddine. The main perspective is Mohammad, a painter from Lebanon who moves to the United States and is part of a close community of gay men. The narrative unravels like the delirious end-of-life ramblings of an invalid, and it is often difficult to tell who is who.

In this case, it was the kiss of death. We would have been spared reading so many dull books. God destroys the faggots with fire and brimstone. He turns a disobedient wife into salt. But he asks us to idolize drunks who sleep with their daughters or offer them to a horny, unruly mob. It sounds like a tag team professional wrestling match with too many referees. Those infected with the virus are known to close their eyes, and fire, hoping to hit something. You know, AIDS TM is a registered trademark of Burroughs Wellcome, use of this trademark without paying royalties to its rightful owner is a crime punishable by a slow, torturous, torturous death.

For us Muslims, we just stone adulterers to death, which is much more humane than guilt. My favorite holiday. Rabih Alameddine jumped to the scene and was well-known right after An Unnecessary Woman. The book just jumped at readers and they I think too notice of him then. Of course before that, there was Koolaids and some more books that he had written but this discussion is about Koolaids. To me reading Koolaids was a harrowing experience. I cannot for the life of me imagine something like this happening to me or my loved ones, so whenever I read something like this, I am completely overwhelmed by it.

It is a fresh new voice then when the book released and is very different from his other books. The characters are plenty — they love and dream in fragments. As a reader, I just gave in to the book without trying to make much of it in the first fifty pages and when I started, I was too entranced by the language and over all plot to care about the writing. It is stories such as these that deeply affect us and our lives.

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This interview was conducted at the Bookstan conference in Sarajevo and over email. John Freeman: Good evening. Rabih always promised to give me a lap dance, but I never thought it would be in Sarajevo. Audience member: We want to see it!

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Dark and funny and despairing and literate and finally, in its unvarnished truth, affirming: Amid all the craziness, I am here. We are here. Indeed, the eponymous novella seems purposely confrontational. The question that the story explicitly raises is the true nature of perversion: the narrator maintains that society at large is more perverted than the people it accuses of sexual transgression. He addresses the reader directly: "Do you ever think about what made me the way I am?

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