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  • By jen
    Jan 31, 2008
    "A moving and intensely personal account of growing up during wartime." History books will teach you about the political and military aspects of a war, but Playing Ball, Dodging Shells is a story of ordinary people. It's a story of the innocence of childhood in stark contrast to the ravages of war. It's a story of loss, of hope, and of the unyielding Lebanese spirit. As an American who has never come face-to-face with war, this book was a real eye-opener for me. It adds a human element to war that television and newspapers don't give you, and taught me things about Lebanon that our history books most likely gloss over. I highly recommend this book.
  • By samberg
    Jan 18, 2008
    "For all us spared and spoiled readers:" A much needed change of perspective. This is how it looks from the inside... At least how it looked to this extremely gifted young girl. Her courage, her joy at the moments when she can see hope and experience a joining of positive forces - these are things we might all be able to relate to. That she keeps her faith and sanity through all the dark periods though, and that we see a whole family stick together and share worries and festivities in the middle of uncertainty and violence - that is the truly admirable part. And then there is her artwork. The illustrations in this book are almost painfully moving. From the little girl climbing through the hole in her "playground" with a ball to the proud young demonstrator surrounded by a sea of flags - she is the brave woman we will sense behind the news of her country from now on...
  • By etm
    Jul 6, 2007
    "Easy to read, hard to put down" An honest and absorbing account of what it was really like to grow up in Lebanon during a period of war and transition. A fascinating look behind the scenes from a perspective that most of us would otherwise never see. Highly recommended.
  • By sandyonnet
    Jun 7, 2007
    "A remarkable experience" No matter how well you know Lebanon, you will find something new here which is poignant, touching and vivid about life in this troubled land over the past 27 years. These things are seen through the eyes of a child as she grows to be a young woman -- one who is uniquely Lebanese, with a spirited and indomitable approach to life. Clear details and imaginative artwork bring each personal experience immediately to life. At one point a bullet pierces the window, the curtains, the lampshade, ricochets on the wall and punctures a hole in the bed between her parents. Then in 1990 she is a child carried on shoulders and waving a Lebanese flag at Baabda. Years later on March 14, 2005, she is a young adult in Martyr's Square with her flag in one hand, but now cell-phoning friends with the other. A remarkable life, a remarkable book. You will enjoy it.
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Product Details

First Edition
Zahrat An-Naaman
January 29, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.48 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.63 wide x 10.25 tall
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