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Omar El Akkad

Autor(a) de American War

2+ Works 2,228 Membros 123 Reviews

About the Author

Omar was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in the Middle East before moving to Canada. He is a graduate of Queen's University. He spent ten years as a reporter covering stories such as the war in Afghanistan to the military trials in Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East and mostrar mais the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Omar is a recipient of the National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting for his coverage of the "Toronto 18" terrorism arrests. He has also won the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for young Canadian journalists, and has been nominated for several National Magazine Awards. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Omar El Akkad

American War (2017) 1,833 cópias
What Strange Paradise (2021) 395 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1982
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
Canada
País (para mapa)
Canada
Local de nascimento
Cairo, Egypt
Premiações
Giller Prize (2021)

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Chrissylou62 | outras 95 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Amir is a 9-year old Syrian boy who survives a shipwreck. Everyone else to be seen has washed up on shore, dead. He is on an island, but doesn’t know where he is, nor does he understand the language. When two men see him and point and shout, Amir gets scared and runs. He runs into Vanna, 15-years old and though they are unable to communicate verbally, she hides him.

The story then shifts to “Before”, which brings us up to date on how Amir got where he is. We go back and forth between Amir’s before and “After”. Much of after is told from Vanna’s POV, but occasionally we switch to the POV of a colonial who is dead set on finding Amir, the little boy who ran away.

Given that it’s (primarily) from a 9-year old’s POV, it took a bit to figure out what was going on through much of the story. I am still not sure I understand the ending. But it was a “good” (powerful) story, even so.
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LibraryCin | outras 26 resenhas | Feb 12, 2024 |
Wanted to love this but it didn't really click for me. I kept waiting for the moment when I'd become emotionally invested and it never happened.

Concept is frighteningly realistic - the US is a climate changed ravaged country fighting a new civil war against the south over fossil fuel. This is from the perspective of the southern fighters and it tries to get into the head of why somebody would fight such a war and become a terrorist in support of it.

I think I might have liked this more if it wasn't Christmas. I'm trying to feel happy and generous in my life right now and this is opposite everything this season represents. Maybe it would have worked if I was in a different headspace.… (mais)
 
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hmonkeyreads | outras 95 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
Apocalyptic fiction — like apocalyptic TV — really isn’t my bag.

Nevertheless, American War tells a story about what the future might hold for America that is neither implausible nor limited to the American landscape.

I will not spoil the ending for readers, let’s just say it’s grim.
 
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MylesKesten | outras 95 resenhas | Jan 23, 2024 |

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Obras
2
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Membros
2,228
Popularidade
#11,508
Avaliação
3.9
Resenhas
123
ISBNs
55
Idiomas
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