Out of place: a memoir

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Vintage Books, Sep 12, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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From one of the most important intellectuals of our time comes an extraordinary story of exile and a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the lost Arab world of his early years in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.

Said writes with great passion and wit about his family and his friends from his birthplace in Jerusalem, schools in Cairo, and summers in the mountains above Beirut, to boarding school and college in the United States, revealing an unimaginable world of rich, colorful characters and exotic eastern landscapes. Underscoring all is the confusion of identity the young Said experienced as he came to terms with the dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, ultimately, an outsider. Richly detailed, moving, often profound, Out of Place depicts a young man's coming of age and the genesis of a great modern thinker.

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I have not read Edward Said's essays, but I am familiar with his work and his political leanings. So I did not hesitate to pluck this from the Strand's dollar bin to get an idea of how he came to his ... Read full review

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This book is a great insight tool of understanding cultural identity in contexts. It gives a voice to migrants and what they experience when trying to a assimilate. Read full review



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Edward Said is University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia Universtuy. He lives in New York City.

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