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Born of Lebanese parents and having spent most of her formative years in Jordan from the 1960s through to the early twenty-first century, Amal Ghandour was part of a generation that saw and experienced the unsparing tide of Arab politics and its unhappy consequences. Amal’s family, including her father, had moved to Jordan after her father was sentenced to death in Lebanon. From the perspective of a member of the upper classes in her society, which was Amal’s background, she gives a lucid account of her life and encounters as she grew up in the Levant region in This Arab Life: A Generation’s Journey Into Silence. Get yourself Amal’s memoir to find out more.
Amal Ghandour’s memoir took me through an eventful and emotional ride that was riddled with heart-wrenching, agonizing, and yet at the same time, gratifying and witty anecdotes. She paints a perfect picture of what her childhood involved, and most importantly what it felt like growing up as an Arab girl. She captures the mood and setting of her Arabian homeland, enunciating the tension that pervaded the social and political norms of the region. Amal addresses many sensitive topics that span religion, politics, and family. She graces her narration with pictures and quotes which made the reading experience engaging. This Arab Life will appeal to enthusiasts of culture and politics.