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    Suad Amiry's Sharon and My Mother-in-Law

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Suad Amiry's Sharon and My Mother-in-Law

Ramallah Diaries

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This book is sharply, gloriously different. This is a book about life under occupation, vivid and immediate enough to make you share what is ludicrous, brutal, ordinary and fantastical about the situation of Palestinians in Palestine; and it's warm, human, sometimes funny. -The Scotsman

Surprisingly funny, and refreshingly different from any other writings on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law describes Suad Amiry's experience of living on the West Bank from the early eighties to the present. Amiry tells us about the life and gossip of her neighbourhood in Ramallah, her moving family history and the struggle to live a normal life in an insane situation; from the impossibility of acquiring gas masks during the first Gulf War to her dog acquiring a Jerusalem Passport when thousands of Palestinians couldn't.

The book contains a diary Amiry kept during the Israeli invasion of Ramallah in March 2002, when her feisty 92-year-old mother-in-law came to live with them and we learn how daily chores such as buying food and visiting friends and relatives become Herculean tasks for anyone living in a state of siege. With a wickedly sharp ear for dialogue, and an eye for telling details of human behavior, Suad Amiry has written a wonderful and very funny book about the absurdity (and agony) of life in the Occupied Territories. (from the Granta website)

ISBN: 1 86207 803 3
Subtitle: Ramallah Diaries
Author: Suad Amiry
Publisher: Granta Books
Print: McPherson's Printing Group
Subject: Political
Subject: Personal Memoirs
Subject: Palestinian Arabs
Subject: Social aspects
Publication Date: October 2005
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 194
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 16 mm

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About the publication Suad Amiry, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries (2005): This book is now out of stock, and we no longer supply it to our members or to the wider public. We suggest you could search for online new or second-hand bookshops to secure your copy.

  1. Extremely funny ... it provides unique insights into life under occupation. This powerful little volume should be required reading for American neocons. -Sunday Times

  2. Faced with the choice between laughter and tears, Amiry gives us both. Spirited, thought-provoking and shockingly entertaining. Amiry knows how to end a story with laughter, but beneath it lies a steely pragmatism, and it's this that gives hope for the region. -Daily Mail

  3. This book is sharply, gloriously different. This is a book about life under occupation, vivid and immediate enough to make you share what is ludicrous, brutal, ordinary and fantastical about the situation of Palestinians in Palestine; and it's warm, human, sometimes funny. -The Scotsman

  4. A journey into the absurd reality of Occupation...This is a deceptively slight book, an unexpected success in a dozen countries, which conveys a determination to endure against the odds in a good-humoured fragmentary narrative of everyday events. -Independent

  5. A moving and witty book about the Israeli occupation of Palestine... Suad Amiry is an extraordinary woman, capable of expressing the heartbreak of an oppressed people but able also to see the absurdity of the petty rules, curfews, checkpoints and restrictions imposed on the people of the West Bank. -The Irish Times

  6. A shocking depiction of living under Israeli occupation in Ramallah...And yet, somehow, Amiry and her friends retain a wry sense of humour which lets them laugh out loud at the absurdity...her lively writing is suffused with warmth and humanity...a moving, must-read book. -Metro

  7. The book perceptively brings together the ordinariness, humour and pain of Palestinian life under occupation without the denseness of politics, which makes it an easy and enjoyable read. -Palestine Post
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