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The Map of Salt and Stars

The Map of Salt and Stars

Scritto da Zeyn Joukhadar

Narrato da Lara Sawalha


The Map of Salt and Stars

Scritto da Zeyn Joukhadar

Narrato da Lara Sawalha

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (197 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
12 ore
Pubblicato:
May 1, 2018
ISBN:
9781508253341
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today's headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.

It is the summer of 2011, and Nour has just lost her father to cancer. Her mother, a cartographer who creates unusual, hand-painted maps, decides to move Nour and her sisters from New York City back to Syria to be closer to their family. But the country Nour's mother once knew is changing, and it isn't long before protests and shelling threaten their quiet Homs neighborhood. When a shell destroys Nour's house and almost takes her life, she and her family are forced to choose: stay and risk more violence or flee as refugees across seven countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety. As their journey becomes more and more challenging, Nour's idea of home becomes a dream she struggles to remember and a hope she cannot live without.

More than eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya, sixteen and a widow's daughter, knows she must do something to help her impoverished mother. Restless and longing to see the world, she leaves home to seek her fortune. Disguising herself as a boy named Rami, she becomes an apprentice to al-Idrisi, who has been commissioned by King Roger II of Sicily to create a map of the world. In his employ, Rawiya embarks on an epic journey across the Middle East and the north of Africa where she encounters ferocious mythical beasts, epic battles, and real historical figures.

A deep immersion into the richly varied cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, The Map of Salt and Stars follows the journeys of Nour and Rawiya as they travel along identical paths across the region eight hundred years apart, braving the unknown beside their companions as they are pulled by the promise of reaching home at last.

Pubblicato:
May 1, 2018
ISBN:
9781508253341
Formato:
Audiolibro

Informazioni sull'autore

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of The Map of Salt and Stars and The Thirty Names of Night. He is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) and of American Mensa. Joukhadar’s writing has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. The Map of Salt and Stars was a 2018 Middle East Book Award winner in Youth Literature, a 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. He has received fellowships from the Montalvo Arts Center, the Arab American National Museum, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Camargo Foundation, and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.


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  • (3/5)
    Poetry was lovely. Book was full of hardships making it hard to want to read on.
  • (3/5)
    It is a good book and it gives you a good feel for how it can be for other people. Good read and it was for sure worth my time! However it's not my favourite, the emotions in this book are so deep and piercing then there where moments that there where tears in my eyes. I felt for the characters, and all I was wishing for was their struggle to end....
  • (5/5)
    It’s such a beautiful story told by such a skillful narrator.
    I traveled with the characters so easily, through time and space.
    The story is rich with sounds, smells, touches and most vigorous scenes one can clearly see.
    ❤️
  • (5/5)
    Great insight into Syria. The reader also was good to listen too.
  • (4/5)
    It was good but not great. A little more drawn out than I cared for.
  • (4/5)
    The story is beautiful but the narration is sooo slow. Listen at 1.5x
  • (3/5)
    I struggled with this book. I felt something was missing... Like all is no neatly arranged , but somehow it is missing an important piece.
  • (5/5)
    This book is masterful storytelling with such beautiful and complex characters.
  • (2/5)

    1 persona l'ha trovata utile

    The story is fine, it addresses important issues. It is nostalgic and has some beautiful passages. BUT it is too long. Sometimes my mind just wondered.

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  • (5/5)

    2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    It’s a nice weekend read, felt engaged the whole way through.

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  • (5/5)

    3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    Such vivid imagery. Loved the different voices the narrator does. Such a beautiful portrayl of the middle East. Beautiful, lyrical, authentic and heartbreaking.

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  • (5/5)

    1 persona l'ha trovata utile

    the imagery, the passion and pain...immaculate. I yearn to read more from this wonderful author

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  • (5/5)

    4 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    Such lyrical writing and the blending of the two stories artfully done. The human heart knows no borders.

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  • (5/5)

    1 persona l'ha trovata utile

    Super well written and interesting. Loved the two stories and how they interconnected!! Highly recommend

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  • (5/5)

    2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    A well written, beautifully narrated book which kept my attention throughout. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

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