Intolerable

Intolerable In The 1960s, Kamal Al Solaylee S Father Was One Of The Wealthiest Property Owners In Aden, In The South Of Yemen, But When The Country Shrugged Off Its Colonial Roots, His Properties Were Confiscated, And The Family Was Forced To Leave The Family Moved First To Beirut, Which Suddenly Became One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The World, Then Cairo After A Few Peaceful Years, Even The Safe Haven Of Cairo Struggled Under A New Wave Of Islamic Extremism That Culminated With The Assassination Of Anwar Sadat In 1981 The Family Returned To Yemen, A Country That Was Then Culturally Isolated From The Rest Of The World.As A Gay Man Living In An Intolerant Country, Al Solaylee Escaped First To England And Eventually To Canada, Where He Became A Prominent Journalist And Academic While He Was Enjoying The Cultural And Personal Freedoms Of Life In The West, His Once Liberal Family Slowly Fell Into The Hard Line Interpretations Of Islam That Were Sweeping Large Parts Of The Arab Muslim World In The 1980s And 1990s The Differences Between His Life And Theirs Were Brought Into Sharp Relief By The 2011 Revolution In Egypt And The Civil War In Yemen.Intolerable Is Part Memoir Of An Arab Family Caught In The Turmoil Of Middle Eastern Politics Over Six Decades, Part Personal Coming Out Narrative And Part Cultural Analysis This Is A Story Of The Modern Middle East That We Think We Know So Much About. Intolerable is a powerful, timely and courageous memoir about the author s experiences growing up in the Middle East Yemen, then Lebanon, Egypt and back to Yemen , dealing with increasing social intolerance the rise of Islamic fundamentalism , his upper middle class family s plummeting social and economic status and his burgeoning homosexuality, which of course was taboo.Realizing he couldn t survive as a gay man there, Al Solaylee ingeniously found a way to get to England for graduate school Intolerable is a powerful, timely and courageous memoir about the author s experiences growing up in the Middle East Yemen, then Lebanon, Egypt and back to Yemen , dealing with increasing social intolerance the rise of Islamic fundamentalism , his upper middle class family s plummeting social and economic status and his burgeoning homosexuality, which of course was taboo.Realizing he couldn t survive as a gay man there, Al Solaylee ingeniously found a way to get to England for graduate school and then, through a bit of luck, applied to emigrate to Canada He dedicates the book to Toronto, for giving me what I ve been looking for a home Now a professor at Ryerson University and a former theatre critic for the national Globe and Mail disclosure we are friends, both having covered the theatre beat for different publications , the author effectively captures his sense of dislocation he wants to be loyal to his family
Finally getting underway with reading the books for this year s Canada Reads debates, my most favorite book event ever This year Canada Reads 2015 is all about books that can change perspectives, challenge stereotypes and illuminate issues I decided to read Intolerable first because of Yemen, a country I have a strange vicarious connection with On the surface the book seems to meet the theme s criteria change perspectives and challenge stereotypes Arab immigrants to the West face a lot of Finally getting underway with reading the books for this year s Canada Reads debates, my most favorite book event ever This year Canada Reads 2015 is all about books that can change perspectives, challenge stereoty
The Story Behind the StoryThere is no doubt that Kamal Al Solaylee s new book Intolerable A Memoir of Extremes has all the elements of a fascinating biographical and socio historical epic a young boy growing up in an Arabic family in Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon that gets caught up in the economic, religious, and political upheavals of the region over the past fifty years his fascination with the allure of western pop and artistic culture that is denigrated by family members and his society The Story Behind the StoryThere is no doubt that Kamal Al Solaylee s new book Intolerable A Memoir of Extremes has all the elements of a fascinating biographical and socio historical epic a young boy growing up in an Arabic family in Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon that gets caught up in the economic, religious, and political upheavals of the region over the past fifty years his fascination with the allure of western pop and artistic culture that is denigrated by family members and his society a dawning sense of his gay sexual identify and his desperate struggle to liberate himself from the strictures of his upbringing so as to carve for himself a life in a different part of the world where he can pursue freely his intellectual and emotional aspirations Intolerable hopefully will be adapted for the screen some day It would make a great film.But I found myself drawn not so much to the dramatic narrative
While the book was not exactly as bad a read as the first word of the title, and while I did learn a thing or two about Yemen and the unravelling of a vibrant open society, I felt like the author was bored while writing this memoir I was not engaged by his story, not interested in the familial relationships he described, because they all simply stayed on the page, two dimensional at best I m not sorry I read the book because it is part of CBC radio s Canada Reads contest in March , but I woul While th
Ahhh..Kamal Komeath Al Solaylee..You are NOT a whiner When a person is able to live well..that may be selfish..so we all are selfish in that If you live well..then you are able to help others A miserable person can only enable others to stay miserable together.Thank you for your very personal story Thank you for coming full circle in your life When anyone wonders why so many people want to live in Canada..a quote from your story says it right..Quote Home at last I was Canadian now and p Ahhh..Kamal Komeath Al Solaylee..You are NOT a whiner When a person is able
I have very mixed feelings about this book, which I read for Canada Reads I felt like I learned a lot about Yemen and what it is like to grow up in the Middle East if you are gay That, to me, was the most interesting part of the book At times, I really disliked the narrator author I know that he had to leave, for his own reasons, and I don t begrudge him for that However, I felt that he was sometimes really harsh on his relatives and family members By the end of the book, he realizes tha I have very mixed feelings about thi
Intolerable is the perfect name for this memoir It was intolerable for the author to live in repressive countries where homosexually was not allowed or even acknowledged Equally intolerable was the poverty and living condition in his birth country of Yemen before he left, especially for his mother and sisters living under very strict orthodox rules.The personal story and the country story are both shared throughout The personal story is written in a sensitive, cathartic manner The intimacies Intolerable is the perfect name for this memoir It was intolerable for the author to live in repressive countries where homosexually was not allowed or even acknowledged Equally intolerable was the poverty and living condition in his birth country of Yemen before he left, especially for his mother and sisters living under very strict orthodox rules.The personal story and the country story are both shared throughout The personal story is written in a sensitive, cathartic manner The intimacies and feelings shared are open and raw almost too much so At times I felt like a bit of a voyeur Not in a graphic or sexual way It is because the author shares his vulnerabilities, deepest feelings and intimate thoughts with such abandon and without the usual boundaries Sometimes I felt like I was intruding into too private a space.This memoir had sort of a dual personality For me the book shifted back and forth between very raw and open to ve
Continuing to make my way through CANADA READS 2015 nominees, I found Intolerable A Memoir of Extremes to be the least impressive read to date Kamal Al Solaylee s memoir details his struggles to come to terms with his homosexuality in Yemen as it coincides with extremist Islam changing his country, family and ultimately leading to his immigration to Canada While Al Solaylee s story is undoubtably harrowing and provides a strong tale of an immigrant finding his place in the multicultural qu Continuing to make my way through CANADA READS 2015 nominees, I found Intolerable A Memoir of Extremes to be the least impressive read to date Kamal Al Solaylee s memoir details his struggles to come to terms with his homosexuality in Yemen as it coincides with extremist Islam changing his country, family and ultimately leading to his
Imagine growing up in an Arab country that originally allows women freedoms, and your friends are not only Muslims, but Christians, Jews, etc Now imagine that strict Islamic observance begins to spread, affecting the lives of your beloved sisters, particularly when your older brother embraces Islamic law and torments them about the work they do, the way they dress, and the way they speak their minds Finally, imagine moving back to a country where sharia law is practiced And you are a young Imagine growing up in an Arab country that originally allows women freedoms, and your friends are not only Muslims, but Christians, Jews, etc Now imagine that strict Islamic observance begins to spread, affecting the lives of your beloved sisters, particularly when your older brother emb
Not as well structured and eloquent as I would have wanted for a Canada Reads contender I thought the amount the author dwelt on his homosexuality was over the top Obviously, it played into his motivation for leaving and his sense of oppression, but I think he provideddetails than necessary I was put off by a sense of entitlement he conveyed throughout, giving us details like the fact that he now owns a Cocker Spaniel In light of the horrors his family is experiencing in Yemen, that wo Not as well structured and eloquent as I would have wanted for a Canada Reads contender I thought the amount the author dwelt on his homosexuality was over the top Obviously, it played into his motivation for leaving and his sense of oppression, but I think he provideddetails than necessary I was put off by a sense of entitlement he conveyed throughout, giving us details like the fact that he now owns a

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  • Hardcover
  • 204 pages
  • Intolerable
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • English
  • 06 September 2017
  • 1554688868