Thursday, March 13, 2003

Book Review: Beirut Blues

I thought I would give another of Hanan al-Shaykh's novels a shot. This one was worse then the last one. Beirut Blues is a novel that is written as a series of letters from a woman to her friends, lover, grandmother, city, war. . . She wrote these letters, and from them we get a picture of what life is life from the perspective of this woman and the life she led in Lebanon throught the civil war there. Frankly I just didn't like the book. It was just not a good read, and a bit annoying to follow. There were mostly stream of consciousness stuff, with little plot. The big dilemma was whether the protagonist should leave with her lover to Paris and abandon the hell that was Beirut. There are some love triangle stuff and other tidbits about the war and feuds, and family and boring stuff. I was very not impressed.