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"Every significant novel is an act of reckless originality. Colum McCann’s Apeirogon is nothing like any book you've ever read. Think of reading David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, or George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo for the first time. Think of discovering an entirely unprecedented, and profoundly true, narrative form. Think about feeling that the very idea of the novel, of what it can be and what it’s capable of containing, has been expanded, forever." (Michael Cunningham, New York Times best-selling author of The Snow Queen)

"Apeirogon is a brilliant dramatization of the tensions behind a universal problem, the contentious ownership of land and the location and nature of its borders. This novel arrives at a crucial time for us in the history of the world." (Barry Lopez, National Book Award-winning author of Outside)

"Colum McCann loves a high-wire act, and Apeirogon is a powerful, political tightrope walk of a novel. It’s the story of modern Israel and the story of modern Palestine. This beautiful, deeply felt book is first and foremost an extraordinary act of listening." (Nathan Englander, PEN/Malamud Award-winning author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth)

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New York Times best seller

“A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart.” (Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire)

Longlisted for the Booker Prize

From the National Book Award-winning and best-selling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their children attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

But their lives, however circumscribed, are upended one after the other: First, Rami’s 13-year-old daughter, Smadar, becomes the victim of suicide bombers; a decade later, Bassam’s 10-year-old daughter, Abir, is killed by a rubber bullet. Rami and Bassam had been raised to hate one another. And yet, when they learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them. Together they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace - and with their one small act, start to permeate what has for generations seemed an impermeable conflict. 

This extraordinary novel is the fruit of a seed planted when the novelist Colum McCann met the real Bassam and Rami on a trip with the nonprofit organization Narrative 4. McCann was moved by their willingness to share their stories with the world, by their hope that if they could see themselves in one another, perhaps others could, too. With their blessing, and unprecedented access to their families, lives, and personal recollections, McCann began to craft Apeirogon, which uses their real-life stories to begin another - one that crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The result is an ambitious novel, crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material, with these fathers’ moving story at its heart. 

©2020 Colum McCann (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • sara robbins
  • 2020/03/02

Too many chapters & interruptions

This may be a better read than audio. I stopped listening after @ 3-4 hours. There are more than 1000+ chapters with some being one word or one sentence. While the story may be a good one, the constant interruption to state the chapter number was distracting so I stopped listening. Very disappointed as I wanted to get through this. If anyone knows how to listen w/o the chapter #’s, advise!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kyle Westaway
  • 2020/03/07

Powerful

Perhaps the best novel this century. A deeply moving story about grief, healing and purpose.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom
  • 2020/03/16

Like a barrage of rubber bullets into the Reader’s Soul

An amazing reading experience. Like the Chapters and Verses of a Holy Book McCann transcribes the emotions, thoughts and experiences of two men whose lives are ripped apart by the senseless and purposeless deaths of their daughters. One Israeli and the other Palestinian, Rami and Bassam realize the bond their daughters’ deaths have forged between them and dedicate their lives to trying to make the World understand their lives, their pain and their loss in the Hell of Today’s Israel. The power of their story is the horrific backdrop of the simplest moments of their daily lives, one privileged, the other caged. The reader is reminded of Hannah Arendt’s “banality of Evil” in the accounts of the ridiculously childish and stupid acts of cruelty inflicted on everyday Palestinians trying to live their lives: the “one cigarette checkpoints”, endless stripsearches and deprivations of any access to creature comforts. We feel the pain of Rami as he relives the misery of not knowing and ultimately discovering his daughter’s fate. And later feel the distrust of the Israeli community as they accuse him of Race Betrayal as he tries to get them to see the senselessness of their Way of Life. All this related in beautiful prose interspersed with poetic references to the history and culture of the two civilizations make this book an important read for our times. Five Stars.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Daniels
  • 2020/03/13

Possibly a good read. Terrible listen.

One word chapters followed by pause and then Chapter number is tremendously distracting. This is the first book ever that I am not going to finish on Audible.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • katie
  • 2020/04/04

Outstanding

I have listened to more than 150 audible books and left only one review prior to this one. The story unfolds in short, sometimes seemingly unrelated segments that soon begin to integrate as McCann weaves together the unrelenting heartbreak that permeates every aspect the lives of two grieving fathers - one Israeli, the other Palestinian. Their personal stories reflect the difficult, complicated social constructs of life in a hotly disputed land. The resulting story is fascinating - it must be puzzled out. I loved everything about this listen.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Susan
  • 2020/07/13

A beautiful, poignant story

A prose poem, really, told in Colum McCann’s lovely lilting tones. It doesn’t always work when an author reads his own work, but this time it does. The heartbreak of the Arab/Israeli situation is captured perfectly. I recommend!

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Debra
  • 2020/04/03

Total fail

The chapters are so short that the narrator is announcing the chapter number every few minutes. I found this utterly annoying.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Helene Atwan
  • 2020/03/13

Brilliant and very emotive

Colum McCann is a miracle. And he reads this beautifully. Be prepared to have your mind changed.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Deb
  • 2020/08/15

Lyrical

I haven’t listened to a book like this ever. Every line is like poetry. Read by the author, it captures every meaning of every line. I loved it and have set out on a mission to make sure everyone reads it. I’m going to buy the hard back just to have and to re-read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Arabella
  • 2020/07/29

insight into occupation, grief, desire for peace

This book centers on two families who lost daughters in the ongoing Palestinian/Israeli conflict. As I have lost two children, I found the going rough, dragging me like the two protagonists back into grief over and over. The book took me, however, into a world of occupation I had never imagined, one so full of fear, indignity, disrespect, and terror I again found the going rough. As the book is non-fiction, McCann found a brilliant way to tell the families' stories: in non-linear snippets. He is an excellent writer whose fiction works I have enjoyed. This true story gripped me the most.