A Thousand Farewells

A Thousand Farewells

A Reporter's Journey From Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring

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In 1976, Nahlah Ayed's family gave up their comfortable life in Winnipeg for the squalor of a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. The transition was jarring, but it was from this uncomfortable situation that Ayed first observed the people whose heritage she shared. The family returned to Canada when she was thirteen, and Ayed ignored the Middle East for many years. But the First Gulf War and the events of 9/11 reignited her interest. Soon she was reporting from the region full-time, trying to make sense of the wars and upheavals that have affected its people and sent so many of them seeking a better life elsewhere.

In A Thousand Farewells, Ayed describes with sympathy and insight the myriad ways in which the Arab people have fought against oppression and loss as seen from her own early days witnessing protests in Amman, and the wars, crackdowns, and uprisings she has reported on in countries across the region.

This is the heartfelt and personal chronicle of a journalist who has devoted much of her career to covering one of the world's most vexing regions.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670069095
0670069094
Branch Call Number: 956.054 N231t
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 24 cm

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spacecat
May 30, 2014

I finished this book a few weeks ago. It was a bit of a chore as there was no map and I know I should have memorized the map of the Middle East by now, but. . . Now, though, when I turn on the CBC news and see Nahlah Ayed's tired face reporting from Crimea, or Kiev, I can't help but say to myself "What were your parents thinking?". Taking young Winnipeg-born children to live their formative years in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan? Well, they forged a Middle East/ European correspondent out of it. From great adversity comes great strength and wisdom, sometimes. Lucky for us Canadian news watchers.

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mclarjh
Apr 19, 2014

Entertaining, but hard to tell fact from fiction; the author is very inconcise. .

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John_M
Feb 06, 2014

Presents a portrait of a reporter in the fractured and wartorn middle east. Nahlah does a great job in presenting this portrait. I did feel that the presentation was at times a bit too self serving and critical of the Moslem world where she was brought up in.

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

Nahlah Ayed was born in Winnipeg to Palestinian parents. They moved to a refugee camp in Jordan when she was young, as her parents wanted the children to learn their Arabic culture. Returning to Canada in her teens, Nahlah’s interest in the Middle East was only reignited after 9/11. She landed a job with CBC and, as an inexperienced young reporter, was sent to Afghanistan. Speaking Arabic opened many doors for her, and she has spent years covering Middle Eastern conflicts. She writes with a deep understanding of the area and believes it her mission to give ordinary citizens a voice on the world stage.

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wedadk
Mar 26, 2013

A very well written, easy to read book. The book provides important historical background combined with the author's perspective and experiences. I found it difficult to put down. A must read!

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Liber_vermis
Nov 05, 2012

The author, who was a youngster in Winnipeg, was interviewed on the CBC Radio program "The Next Chapter" on November 5, 2012. The full interview may be downloaded as a podcast from the program's web site.

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elizaray
Jul 31, 2012

I found this book to be a very important read. It not only is a historical overview of the goings on in the Middle East but it tells the human story and puts you in the shoes of the people in that region. Highly recommended!

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