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A tale told in language as bright and sharp as shards of glass.

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It transformed the point of view of a generation of swimmers, bringing us closer to ourselves, and closer to both the land and the rivers that sustain us. The ghost of a failed relationship and the ghost of Virginia Woolf, who drowned in the waters of the Ouse, motivated Laing to follow the river from its source to the sea — the opposite direction to many of the writers gathered here, myself included.

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Laing is an excellent companion: witty, knowledgeable, curious and compassionate. Packed with adventure including a stint being kidnapped by guerrillas, this is a gripping account of an astonishing trip. The poem is told in the voices of those the narrator meets on the way. I have read it and re-read it so many times my copy is soft as chamois. The oldest story ever told, or at any rate, ever written down, was inscribed onto 11 clay tablets around BC and rediscovered in Mesopotamia in AD.

In , the opening lines turned up in a vault in the British Museum. Rivers run through it, as they do through all the great origin myths.

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Gilgamesh the king and his companion Enkidu unleash the wrath of the gods when they cut down trees from a sacred forest and float them downriver, as a result of which Enkidu dies. Gilgamesh sails to the underworld in search of immortal life, only to return empty-handed. The Fish Ladder is published by Bloomsbury. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Books Top 10s.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Liat is spending time in the New York apartment of friends, while she studies for her translation degree. Hilmi is living in Brooklyn, trying to make it as an artist.

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Their whirlwind romance would be uneventful except for the fact that Liat is Jewish and comes from Tel Aviv, and Hilmi is a Palestinian from Ramallah, in the West Bank. Well, all I can say about that is thank you, because had this book not been banned, I would never have gotten to read it yes, I can read Hebrew, but being dyslexic, it is a very slow and tedious process.


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However, we all knew that what they really objected to was the taboo romance between an Arab man and a Jewish woman so yes, he is a racist. All politics aside difficult as this may be , I believe that what Rabinyan has achieved here is simply stellar. As noted above, essentially this is a classic plot of star-crossed lovers, using a setting where everything in their lives, both internal and external, is against them.


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  5. While neither of their families would approve of their relationship, Rabinyan also shows us the internal turmoil that both Hilmi and Liat have knowing from the onset that their relationship is doomed. That neither of them can view their emotions as casual, only means that neither of them can walk away without causing each other and themselves pain. When it comes to love, the only thing that should matter is what kind of a person you are, not your religion or your nationality.

    I could almost feel their internal struggles going on within me, mostly because of the deep empathy that Rabinyan evokes through this story, which is precisely what excellent writing is all about.