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The Crossing
The Crossing: My journey to the shattered heart of Syria | Samar Yazbek
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'ONE OF THE FIRST POLITICAL CLASSICS OF THE 21st CENTURY'- Observer 'EXTRAORDINARILY POWERFUL, POIGNANT AND AFFECTING. I WAS GREATLY MOVED' Michael Palin FOREWORD BY CHRISTINA LAMB Journalist Samar Yazbek was forced into exile by Assad's regime. When the uprising in Syria turned to bloodshed, she was determined to take action and secretly returned several times. The Crossing is her rare, powerful and courageous testament to what she found inside the borders of her homeland. From the first peaceful protests for democracy to the arrival of ISIS, she bears witness to those struggling to survive, to the humanity that can flower amidst annihilation, and why so many are now desperate to flee.
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feminismandyoga
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#WITMonth!!!!!
I've been enjoying WIT Month for a few years now but my luck with women's memoir throughout it has been rather hit or miss. Nevertheless, I persist and here are the books I've read and those I intend to read this year. Just the #witmemoir, there's more fiction to come as well.
What are you reading for WITMonth this year?

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vivjm
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Eye opening & heart breaking. I can only read in small doses. #womenintranslation

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bookish_mamma
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Im only 50 pages in but this book is already breaking my heart 💔 really looking forward to getting into this more!

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RachelO
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From exile in Paris, Samar Yazbek crosses back to Syria 3 times to tell the stories of the people who remain. She works with women trying to survive, feed and educate their children, travels with rebel fighters, and interviews emirs and fighters who believe her people to be infidels who have no place in Syria. All the while, they're negotiating air strikes and bombardments. It's angry, chaotic, harrowing, & emotionally-draining, as she tries 👇

RachelO ... to counter the 'nauseous familiarity' of what we see on global mass media, and remind us of the humanity behind the headlines, and the stories of the individuals involved. #syria #readaroundtheworld 2y
TrishB Great review 👍 2y
CatLass007 Yes, great review! Thoughtful and insightful. 2y
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Izai.Amorim Great review 👏👏 2y
Cinfhen Great review 🙌🏻 2y
Sue Sounds like a must read! 2y
Simona Great review. I‘m going to finish it today... 2y
RachelO @Simona Thank you. I'm looking forward to seeing your review - it was a tough read! I'm lining up some shiney happy light reading for November, now! 2y
RachelO @Izai.Amorim @Cinfhen @sue @suet @jas16 Thanks. If you're planning on reading it, I should probably mention that it's unsurprisingly graphic in its depiction of life in a warzone 😞 2y
Jas16 Thank you for the warning and the review. I definitely want to read this 2y
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This is Yazbek's third crossing into Syria. Arriving in Turkey, she's taken aback by the number of fighters she's travelling with. She's met by the family she stayed with during her first crossing, who are now in exile themselves. Aala is an eight-year-old storyteller, who goes on to describe their journey to Turkey.

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This is a tough read - I've almost bailed a couple of times already, and may or may not finish.

In 2012-13, Yazbek crossed back into #Syria several times to tell the stories of her country and the people living through the war. She tells what she sees, and the stories she's told in a tumble of urgency, & travels around rebel-controlled Syria, telling of life in a warzone.

RachelO I wondered how otherpeople were doing with #readaroundtheworld this month? Think I'd also like to read something of Syria in earlier more peaceful times. @jenp @currey (edited) 2y
batsy This sounds like a tough read. I'm still waiting for my book to arrive from Book Depository 😕 2y
RachelO @batsy What'll you be reading? 2y
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batsy This one. Set in an earlier time, but I think it'll be a bit of a difficult read in terms of subject 2y
RachelO @batsy Sounds interesing though. Hope it arrives soon. 2y
Currey @RachelO Yes, I am half way through A Woman in the Crossfire and it is difficult going. As it is diaries, one is reading scattered thoughts of terror, anxiety and depression mixed in with translations of interviews from revolutionaries. There is a huge amount of violence depicted. The book captures the chaos excellently but is very tough going. 2y
RachelO @Currey Thank you. I think this one may be a little more 'daily life', and a little less of her own thoughts/experiences. She's travelling with activists, but particularly seeking out women to hear & tell their stories. And she definitely depicts the chaos and violence in the same way. 2y
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