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In the Country of Men | [Hisham Matar]

In the Country of Men

Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman is caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand, where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father's cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend's father can disappear overnight, next to be seen being interrogated on state television.
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Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman's days are circumscribed by the narrow rituals of childhood: outings to the ruins surrounding Tripoli, games with friends played under the burning sun, exotic gifts from his father's constant business trips abroad. But his nights have come to revolve around his mother's increasingly disturbing bedside stories full of old family bitterness. And then one day Suleiman sees his father across the square of a busy marketplace, his face wrapped in a pair of dark sunglasses. Wasn't he supposed to be away on business yet again? Why is he going into that strange building with the green shutters? Why did he lie?

Suleiman is soon caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand, where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father's cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend's father can disappear overnight, next to be seen being interrogated on state television.

©2007 Hisham Matar; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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"A poetic and powerful account...resonant with the details of a Libyan childhood." (Wall Street Journal)

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    Could not rate this book because the narrator put me to sleep.? Stephen Hoye has a droning voice. Tried listening several times but could not stay awake more than 20 minutes. Great book for insomina.

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    My 15 year old son and I listened to this book together. It was assigned to him in his English class and I am very glad it was. He's not found of reading much more than the Sports Page, so it was very gratifying to have him want to read the text while we listened to the narration. We were able to talk about the story and the characters in ways we never could have without Audible. The book also gave us a glimpse into a part of the world we know very little about and really peaked our interest. 2 thumbs up!

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