The World Through the Eyes of Angels

The World Through the Eyes of Angels

The World Through the Eyes of Angels Mosul Iraq in the s is a teeming multiethnic city where Arabs Kurds Assyrians Jews Aramaeans Turkmens Yazidis and Syriacs mingle in the ancient souks and alleyways In these crowded stree

  • Title: The World Through the Eyes of Angels
  • Author: Mahmoud Saeed Samuel Salter Zahra Jish Rafah Abuinnab
  • ISBN: 9780815609919
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mosul, Iraq, in the 1940s is a teeming, multiethnic city where Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Jews, Aramaeans, Turkmens, Yazidis, and Syriacs mingle in the ancient souks and alleyways In these crowded streets, among rich and poor, educated and illiterate, pious and unbelieving, a boy is growing up Burdened with chores from an early age, and afflicted with an older brother whoMosul, Iraq, in the 1940s is a teeming, multiethnic city where Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Jews, Aramaeans, Turkmens, Yazidis, and Syriacs mingle in the ancient souks and alleyways In these crowded streets, among rich and poor, educated and illiterate, pious and unbelieving, a boy is growing up Burdened with chores from an early age, and afflicted with an older brother who persecutes him with mindless sadism, the child finds happiness only in stolen moments with his beloved older sister and with friends in the streets Closest to his heart are three girls, encountered by chance a Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew After enriching the boy s life immensely, all three meet tragic fates, leaving a wound in his heart that will not heal A richly textured portrayal of Iraqi society before the upheavals of the late twentieth century, Saeed s novel depicts a sensitive and loving child assailed by the cruelty of life Sometimes defeated but never surrendering, he is sustained by his city and its people.

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    The novel “The World Through the Eyes of Angels” is about an Iraqi man’s experiences and memories from childhood and beyond. Each chapter tells the story of a person, or multiple people that left a lasting impression on the man. The format of the novel adds to its uniqueness because by separating the characters, each chapter focuses on the character description and memories associated with that character, instead of intertwining all of the characters and memories. The descriptions of chara [...]

    Abigail BakerThe World through the Eyes of Angels is an inspiring novel based on the childhood of Iraqi novelist Mahmoud Saeed. Saeed leads the reader through points of his history that are close to his heart. It is rare that a novel is capable of grasping truths of reality and this book is fearless and is not for the faint of heart as it describes in detail the reality of life in another place and another time. This novel brings light and understanding to English speaking society which has yet [...]

    I loved this novel. While the book felt like a compilation of several short stories at first, it slowly became tied together beautifully in the end. The way Saeed writes each character makes you feel deeply as if you are in the narrator's shoes himself. Saeed can make you laugh then cry but in the best way possible. I actually got to meet Mr. Saeed and he is simply wonderful. After meeting him, I could hear his voice and captured his essence while re-reading this novel. [MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD] In [...]

    A wonderful novel about a boy growing up in Iraq, decades before Saddam Hussein came to power and war rained down upon the nation. The stories are told in simple, elegant and beautiful language, and like many of the best books about childhood, it feels like the authentic memories of an adult gazing back on the moments that shaped his life. And like many of the best works of translated literature, "The World Through the Eyes of Angels" opens a window onto another culture; Iraq is a familiar place [...]

    "Mahmoud Saeed has produced a plangent and tender tribute to the Mosul he knew in the 1940s and ’50s." - M. D. Allen, The University of Wisconsin, Fox ValleyThis book was reviewed in the May/June 2012 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: worldliteraturetoday/2012/

    I cried at several points while reading this book. Beautifully written and an equally-beautiful English translation. This is a tender reminder of a young person's innocent heart and the fragility of life.

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