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am 23. Oktober 2005
This book is an absorbing blend of history and literary criticism. A somewhat melancholy narrative of the political and economic failure of the Arab World in the 20th century, it is also a study of Arab intellectual currents of the time. The author chronicles the lives and the thoughts of these intellectuals from the heyday of modernity in the middle of the century through pan-Arabism, secular nationalism and Nasserism.
The great dream of an Arab Awakening failed miserably. The total defeat of 1967 was a turning point in the move towards religious fundamentalism whilst the increased oil revenue after 1973 only exacerbated the fragmentation of the Arab World into brutal fascist regimes, medieval theocracies and oiligarchies.
There were and are exceptions to the majority of intellectuals who were united mainly in their hatred of Israel, like the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, the Palestinian academic Sari Nusseibeh and a few others. According to Ajami's insightful analyses, repeated failure led to extremism and further disasters and thus the cycle of hopelessness continued.
This book was published in 1998 so it preceded the expressions of more murderous nihilism as seen in 9/11, the further intifada against Israel and the genocide in Darfur. The embrace of religious fundamentalism has been facilitated by the nihilistic utopianism of writers like Edward Said and others. One of the results of this regrettable trend has been the more severe oppression of minorities like the Christian Copts in Egypt.
The book is illuminating on many levels: the Shia/Sunni divide, The Iranian revolution and Arab perceptions of it, The Oslo accords, Iraq's war against Iran and Kuwait, the assassination of Sadat and the attitudes of the Arab intelligentsia towards Israel.
Dream Palace Of The Arabs is a most enlightening read for those who wish to understand the tragic history of the Middle East. The work is scholarly and well researched, but the writing has a riveting and poetic quality that keeps the reader captivated throughout.
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am 19. Juni 1999
If for nothing else, Fouad's essay on "The Orphaned Peace" is worth the price of admission. His insight is peerless, his prose lyrical (his editor did a wonderful job preserving his unique style and language), and his thoughts are, as always, challenging. As one can see from other reader reviews, it takes an uncommon intellectual courage for him to look with such unblinking eyes at the world he grew up in. It is a sad story, told in a unique idiom. A must-read for anyone, Arab or Jew, interested in the region.
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am 20. September 1999
As always, Fouad Ajami is doing an amazing job to rewrite the history using his "Ajamian" style. A Generation's Odyssey is a true waste of time. I really wish that I read An Apartment Called Freedom instead.
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am 5. Februar 1999
Fouad Ajami has no ax to grind (unlike Ed Said) and cuts to the quick of the Arab culture. It's not for nothing that he was a regular guest on the McNiel Lehere report for a good while. Worth reading.
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am 26. März 1998
I am in two minds abou this book. On the one hand, it is beautifully written and it taught me a great deal, but I do not think it does the subject justice. Too much of it reads like a hagiography of the poets he admires, and there is too little analysis of Arab intellectualism, the purported topic of the book. I would have preferred more focus on the intellectual trends (a la Hughes "Consciousness and Society: The reorientation of European Social Thought 1890-1930), as opposed to the fixation on certain figures. On the whole, I'd buy it again but I am longing for more.
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am 5. Februar 1999
The current generation of Arab literary intellectuals perspective of what has befallen the Arabs in the Middle East during the past fifty years. Beautiful poetry and insightful reflections on secular nationalism as opposed to the theocracies in Israel and Iran.
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am 13. Januar 1999
Basically, if you are interested in learning about the Arab World, then do not read what Fouad Ajami has to say. He is an expert at misrepresenting the truth. Read books by Edward Said or Robert Fisk instead.
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