A Year in Tyr

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
This is the memoir of an American who spent 2009-2010 with his family in Tyr, Lebanon near the border with Israel. Become an armchair expat as he shares his experiences of anti-American bias and the chances of a war with Israel constantly looming. You will be fascinated to walk through Tyr vicariously, and troubled as you realize what lurks below the surface there also lurks here and everywhere. More

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About Eric Jonas Swensson

Eric Jonas Swensson is an author, blogger, historian, ordained minister and social media director for nonprofits. He lives north of New York City with his wife and teenage son. A Year in Tyr is a memoir of time spent in Lebanon. His previous work is Kinderbeten: The Origin, Unfolding, and Interpretations of the Silesian Children's Prayer Revival.

Reviews

Review by: Marcela Whelan on Jan. 06, 2012 :
An interesting personal account from a unique perspective. Even without the photos in the book, Tyr is illustrated in vivid detail - the roads & road-users, the shopkeepers, the ancient structures are described with such detail that you can feel the sun's heat beaming down on each scene.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elias Bejjani on Sep. 19, 2011 : (no rating)
It is a great book. I enjoyed reading it and would like to see all those in the West who are interested in the Middle East's history, cultures, traditions and politics to do so. The book is rich in a great deal of information
Elias Bejjani
Canadian Lebanese Human Rights Advocate
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: stephen "steve" q shannon on Aug. 24, 2011 :
Strikes me as personal, candid, engrossing, plenty of fun, scary, and spiked with fascinating history I won't get any other way.

Slog...good crossword word, but not appropriate. Instead you have chosen an episodic approach that says to me..."Reader, be patient, if this segment of the book does not interest you, there's surprise and cunningness just ahead in the next few pages or less." No slog here!

Oh yes, for me you paint word pictures, a special gift. Causes me to want to be by your side despite the uncertainties and "masks" you encounter hour to hour.

Could this be the first in a series? You've shown you can narrate with crisp sentences and light hearted dialog?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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