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Copyright Cahners Business Information. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Regardless of the quality, the paintings are a tribute to their memory. Maybe death is the meaning of life? And I suspect that the same was true of you. I sat next to his bed. The story displays the manners and mores of a ruling class on the brink of the abyss. Sep 02, Jessica rated it it was ok. Koolaids makes parallels between war-torn Rbaih and the gay community torn apart by the AIDS epidemic.

So what I find interesting is that I like these small books. Another thing that i liked about this is how relevant it still is, probably because time in Lebanon waltzes slowly If ever there was a doubt to the narrator’s intentions we are koolaics a quote by Norman Mailer saying, “There is nothing safe about sex. Alaneddine appreciate your feedback. He asks me what I am doing. This is the fire.

Sarah’s next letter expresses her shock and includes a slice of fruitcake to “ease the pain. By that definition Juan should have been declared dead long before koopaids even got to the hospital”. This phrase, ” drinking the Kool-Aid ” has a particular significance, meaning to accept an argument or philosophy completely or blindly.

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Which was sort of my attempt in writing Hakawatito basically show that the stories are us. Although he planned to keep troops in Lebanon after the Beirut barracks bombingthat plan was later aborted. It is not important in THIS structure. Koolxids people still question how much the death toll and research regarding treatments would have changed had he acknowledged the disease when it first arose in America. When the epidemic started out as Gay-related immune deficiency GRID in the late 70s, early 80s, the disease only infected homosexual men.


The one straight sexual relationship the we read of is in the context of an affair in Lebanon between a powerful political figure’s wife and a warlord. For rabh, the author reacted repeatedly rather than acting. This image is a closeup of a man’s face, focusing on the eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth. Personally, I think that the form works well for the story Alameddine wanted to tell.

The link between the style of Koolaids and stream of consciousness literature makes more sense when the novel’s status as a postmodernist work is taken into account.

In this, the narrator describes a play he wanted to write that described the workings of Lebanese society in a very concise way.

Sometimes it is slight and other times it is quite obvious. Having both of these moments rabbih in tandem allows Alameddine to examine not only how they function separately, but how they influence one another.

A deft and poetic exploration of tribes vs. The most important thing, I think, is that camp turns something that is supposed to be silly into art. Using dream sequences, prose geared towards insight, and a variety of forms including playsAlameddine demonstrates that tradition is irrelevant — what is important is the ability to convey character.

Because throughout Koolaids there are actual massacres described, there are actual benchmark events throughout the Lebanese Civil War, there are explanations about the division between East and West Beirut—some of them factual, some of them told in letters to the main characters, some of them diary entries. Views Read Edit View history. Alxmeddine into a book about AIDS and war, readers will have expectations that there will be a lot of death and suffering. It is mentioned that Kurt painted by copying masters, and, as mentioned, Alameddine injects his literary masters into the text, sometimes even as characters, as with Cortazar.


The book deals with very heavy topics and in those topics there is smaller threads that leave you thinking.

Not, I survived and I was different. One very important comparison that Alameddine makes throughout the book is the idea of koolaisd in regards to AIDS and Lebanon. I have this argument with my psychiatrist.

Lists with This Book. No, actually he had The decision to have many narrators, all of which are to some extent unnamed, is one of the most important facets of the novel.

Apr 09, Denny rated it really liked it. I guess everything in the novel is geared toward maintaining the tension between enhancing and containing the story.

Koolaids: The Art of War by Rabih Alameddine

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. I remember my name. Ronnie was the greatest president in history, right up there on Mount Rushmore. Judas and he were just friends. I was dating this guy for about four years, and it was a mistake from the beginning. Do you think this is enough? Representation without substance, without power, is not enough.

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The range of experiences involved in both the Lebabnese civil war and in being homosexual are seen in the first perspective from about ten main characters.

While I did not explicitly count the alamecdine because I preferred to let them wash over me as a chorus, acknowledging their individuality, but moreso feeling the cathartic effect of their identities morphing into one—I did note the variety of forms. And my book is the bridge to that?