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Americans remain woefully ignorant Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City Bombay Lost and FoundWry, witty, and charmingly erudite, this lovely book goes through the looking glass of the Arabic language and emerges with a radiant image of the Arab world Diana Abu Jaber, author of Life Without a Recipe, Crescent, The Language of Baklava, and othersYou will travel through countries and across centuries, meeting professors and poets, revolutionaries, nomads, and nerds O Neill s generous storytelling makes the intricacies of Arabic grammar seem fascinating and inexplicably glamorous And the most unforgettable character you encounter may be the Arabic language itself, which will feel like an old friend by the time you finish this warm and hilarious book Annia Ciezadlo, author of Day of HoneyThis charming memoir is sure to bring a nod of recognition to any student of Arabic, however uncomfortably he or she ever sat in that classroom, as well as to enthrall those never students curious about the world s fifth most spoken language Louis Werner, AramcoWorldO Neill doesn t teach readers to be fluent in Arabic, but she imparts a valuable lesson on how and how not to learn a language, and the journey is fascinating than the result Publishers WeeklyO Neill s prose is affable and chatty and her approach to her travels is almost recklessly upbeatHer tale of her Year of Speaking Arabic Badly is a genial and revealing pleasure Seattle TimesIn a witty memoir, O Neill chronicles her attempt to learn Arabic in the Middle East The tome is on Seth Meyers shelf Us WeeklyAlong with exploring fascinating local cultures and customs, Zora O Neill ties in her unique experiences attempting to master Arabic Like her journey, her memoir is colorful, comical, and compelling Bustle, 16 Must Read Nonfiction Books Due Out In June 2016As Zora O Neill explores local Arabic cultures, she also highlights the often humorous trials and tribulations of learning the difficult language Along the way, her writing brings to life dynamic settings and captivating people Romper, New Summer Books to Enjoy On Your Warm Weather Adventures O Neill engages in Arabic with anyone she can, studies colloquial expressions, and chronicles vocabulary, usage, and contradictions People she interacts with while picnicking, hitchhiking, even at the aftermath of a car accident are opportunities for an exchange What emerges is the idea of language as a connection, passion, and a reflection of the lives and history of diverse Arab peoples, a view which is lacking in the general news coverage of Middle Eastern conflict Glimpses of daily life, particularly of Arab women, are intriguing and sometimes unexpected, including the rich assortment of Lebanese cursing while driving A useful complement to Middle Eastern study and essential for Arabic learners as well as an enjoyable peek into contemporary lives in the region Library JournalIn her engaging, colloquial account, freelance and travel writer O Neill recounts how, at the age of 39, just after the events of the Arab Spring, she decided to return to Egypt and take up a vernacular approach to studying Arabic rather than approaching it as if it were a dead language A valiant chronicle of the author s Year of Speaking Arabic Badly Kirkus ReviewsAt a time when politics dominates our view of the Middle East, Zora O Neill has found a different port of entry the language An enthusiastic and resourceful student of Arabic, O Neill captures both the richness of the language and the ways in which it allows an outsider to connect with common people all the way from Morocco to the Persian Gulf Peter Hessler, author of Country Driving, Oracle Bones, and othersThis book works well on two levels as an account of learning a new language with an unfamiliar alphabet and multiple dialects, and as an account of traveling through nations where that language is dominant Zora O Neill is a keen observer of cultures fresh to her and a fine writing stylist The tragic timeliness of the genocide in Syria gives O Neill s account unplanned urgency for readers in 2016 17 Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award citation for Best Travel Book 2016 17The shaddais the key difference between a pigeon hamam, and a bathroom hammam, Be careful, our professor advised, in the first moment of outright humor in class, that you don t ask a waiter, Excuse me, where is the pigeon or, conversely, order a roasted toilet If you ve ever studied a foreign language, you know what happens when you first truly and clearly communicate with another person As Zora O Neill recalls, you feel like a magician If that foreign language is Arabic, you just might feel like a wizard They say that Arabic takes seven years to learn and a lifetime to master O Neill had put in her time Steeped in grammar tomes and outdated textbooks, she faced an increasing certainty that she was not only failing to master Arabic, but also driving herself crazy She took a decade long hiatus, but couldn t shake her fascination with the language or the cultures it had opened up to her So she decided to jump back in this time with a new approach Join O Neill for a grand tour through the Middle East You will laugh with her in Egypt, delight in the stories she passes on from the United Arab Emirates, and find yourself transformed by her experiences in Lebanon and Morocco She s packed her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humor, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers.From quiet, bougainvillea lined streets to the lively buzz of crowded medinas, from families homes to local hotspots, she brings a part of the world that is thousands of miles away right to your door A natural storyteller with an eye for the deeply absurd and the deeply human, O Neill explores the indelible links between culture and communication A powerful testament to the dynamism of language, All Strangers Are Kin reminds us that learning another tongue leaves you rich with so much than words. 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    • All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
    • 4.1
    • 313
    • Hardcover
    • 336 pages
    • Zora O Neill
    • English
    • 12 February 2017

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