A graceful story of love across an insuperable gulf and a powerful allegory for the conflict that has beset the Middle East for the last half century. To call your son Ossyane is like calling him Rebellion. For Ossyane's father it is a gesture of protest by an excited Ottoman prince, for Ossyane himself it is a burdensome responsibility. At eighteen he leaves Beirut to study in Montpellier, far away from his father's revolutionary aspirations for him. But it is , and when war breaks out in Europe, Ossyane is drawn into the Resistance. His return to Beirut is a rebel hero's welcome after all, and a joyful reunion with Clara, whom he first met in France.
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But, overall, both his pacifism and his passivity seem unfortunately generic, and his plight never fully engages our emotions. A daring concept not so daringly developed. Ana is the daughter of Matthias, head scribe to Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee. She demonstrates an exceptional aptitude for writing, and Matthias, for a time, indulges her with reed pens, papyri, and other 16 C.
Her mother disapproves, but her aunt, Yaltha, mentors Ana in the ways of the enlightened women of Alexandria, from whence Yaltha, suspected of murdering her brutal husband, was exiled years before. Yaltha was also forced to give up her daughter, Chaya, for adoption. As Ana reaches puberty, parental tolerance of her nonconformity wanes, outweighed by the imperative to marry her off. Her adopted brother, Judas—yes, that Judas—is soon disowned for his nonconformity—plotting against Antipas.
Their connection deepens after she encounters Jesus in the cave where she is concealing her writings about oppressed women. There, poverty, not sexism, prohibits her from continuing her writing—office supplies are expensive. Problem avoided when, notified by Judas that Antipas is seeking her arrest, she and Yaltha journey to Alexandria in search of Chaya.
A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships. A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past. Gone is the rebellious young person she remembers, and in his place stands a compassionate, accomplished adult.
As Jack and Mallory chase down answers, Mallory also tries to repair her rocky relationships with her two sisters and determine why her father has always been so hard on her. Even so, Delinsky sometimes manages to pick up the pace, and in those moments the beauty and nuance of this complicated family tale shine through.
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PORTS OF CALL
Ossyane's father was the son of the mad daughter of a deposed Ottoman sovereign and an Adana physician; his mother was an Armenian. Raised in Beirut, he was given the name Ossyane "Disobedience" and educated to be a revolutionary leader Studying medicine in Montpellier at the outbreak of the Second World War, he joins the French Resistance, working first as a courier and then a forger. Returning home as a hero, he marries a Jewish woman met during the war. But then the Arab-Israeli War comes between them, fraternal enmity raises its head, and Ossyane's life is put on hold. Now, thirty years on, he awaits a meeting on a Paris bridge that will decide whether his tale is a tragedy or not This is the story Ossyane pours out over three days to an unnamed narrator, who has recognised him from a photo in a history book.
Ports of Call
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A graceful story of love across an insuperable gulf and a powerful allegory for the conflict that has beset the Middle East for the last half century. To call your son Ossyane is like calling him Rebellion. But it is , and when war breaks out in Europe, Ossyane is drawn into the Resistance. But if one war has brought the Jewish-Muslim couple together, another, much closer to home, is destined to separate Ossyane from the people and the world that he loves. His is a voice which Europe cannot afford to ignore". He is also the author of an acclaimed scholarly work, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, as well as the much admired essay, 'On Identity'.