Abou and the Angel Cohen: A Novel

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Abou Ben Adhem, a retired goat herder and one-time taxi driver in America, is an Arab village elder living amid the turmoil of the Middle East-and family relationships that aren't so placid either. An angel named Cohen comes to Abou one night, and Cohen is slangy, modern, and full of information about mankind's behavior through the ages and its relevance to contemporary violence, customs, religious beliefs, and conflicts.
 

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ABOU & THE ANGEL COHEN

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Abou Ben Adhem was once blessed with a visit from an angel. Twenty years later, he lives in a shepherd's tent near his daughter's family on the Gaza Strip as relations between Palestinians and Jews ... Read full review

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I am reading this book again, part of another book club selection and in these times it could not be more relevant. The difficulties endured by Palestinians, particularly the elderly, women and children provide substantial material for discussion. There is comedy, tragedy and tension throughout the story, with an ending that leaves us wondering how the ends justify the means in the Middle Eastern conflict, at least on a personal level. It is a worthy read.  

Contents

The First Darkfall
1
The Second Day
13
The Second Darkfall
25
The Third Day
37
The Third Darkfall
45
The Fourth Day
53
The Fourth Darkfall
61
The Fifth Day
69
The Eighth Day
127
The Eighth Darkfall
141
The Ninth Day
149
The Ninth Darkfall
161
The Tenth Day
167
The Tenth Darkfall
179
The Eleventh Day
185
The Eleventh Darkfall
203

The Fifth Darkfall
77
The Sixth Day
87
The Sixth Darkfall
97
The Seventh Day
105
The Seventh Darkfall
119
The Twelfth Day
209
The Twelfth Darkfall
235
The Thirteenth Day
239
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Claude Campbell, a former English professor at the City University of New York, lives in Kodak, Tennessee, near Knoxville.

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