A Thousand Farewells by Nahlah Ayed
A Reporter's Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring

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Emotional detachment from her subjects may be the price of professionalism, but it bleeds occasionally into detachment from the issues, and gives some accounts a whiff of deadline...
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In 1976, Nahlah Ayed’s family gave up their comfortable life in Winnipeg for the squalor of a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. The transition was jarring, but it was from this uncomfortable situation that Ayed first observed the people whose heritage she shared. The family returned to Canada when she was thirteen, and Ayed ignored the Middle East for many years. But the First Gulf War and the events of 9/11 reignited her interest. Soon she was reporting from the region full-time, trying to make sense of the wars and upheavals that have affected its people and sent so many of them seeking a better life elsewhere.

In A Thousand Farewells, Ayed describes with sympathy and insight the myriad ways in which the Arab people have fought against oppression and loss as seen from her own early days witnessing protests in Amman, and the wars, crackdowns, and uprisings she has reported on in countries across the region.

This is the heartfelt and personal chronicle of a journalist who has devoted much of her career to covering one of the world’s most vexing regions.

 

About Nahlah Ayed

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Nahlah Ayed was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is of Palestinian descent, and is fluent in both Arabic and English. She joined the CBC in 2002 and is currently a CBC correspondent, stationed in Libya .
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Viking. 376 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rayyan Alshawaf on Jun 15 2012

...buoyed by its poignant opening chapters and its stirring final section.

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Reviewed by Roland Elliott Brown on May 18 2012

Emotional detachment from her subjects may be the price of professionalism, but it bleeds occasionally into detachment from the issues, and gives some accounts a whiff of deadline...

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Reviewed by Roland Elliott Brown on May 18 2012

Ayed’s voice is fresh in Middle East coverage. She is plain-spoken, intellectually honest and writes of Arabs and their leaders as individuals and moral agents, not as mere vessels in receipt of the great powers’ policies...

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