The Rock of Tanios by Amin Maalouf

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An exploration of myth, passion and loyalty from the Lebanon's troubled past, The Rock of Tanios is another superbly rich and rewarding novel from the author of Samarkand and Leo the African. Expertly controlling his multi-faceted narrative with prose of great beauty and power, Maalouf delves into the history of an extraordinary life: that of Tanois, child of the mountains.
 

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Amin Maalouf is an eminent novelist, whose books include "The Rock of Tanios," which won the 1993 Goncourt Prize, France's most prestigious literary award. He was formerly director of the leading Beirut newspaper "an-Nahar" and editor of "Jeune Afrique,
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Quartet Books. 275 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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When Tanios's legal father (Lamia's husband) kills the Patriarch, the Christian leader of the village and a rival in the Sheikh's court, he and Tanios are forced to flee.

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At age 15, in 1836, Tanios, the illegitimate son of a Lebanese Catholic sheikh, turns completely white-haired-an omen that he must be a ``wise fool,'' or ``old-head,'' one who appears briefly to redre

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At age 15, in 1836, Tanios, the illegitimate son of a Lebanese Catholic sheikh, turns completely white-haired-an omen that he must be a ``wise fool,'' or ``old-head,'' one who appears briefly to redress injustice in troubled times.

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