What takes place in the neonatal intensive care unit is the high drama of real life. This book is for anyone who has wondered how doctors and nurses work under intense pressure to diagnose and treat the smallest of patients, and how parents of these infants cope with the emotional ups and downs that are part the daily rhythms of life in the NICU.
Richard Devine, a reserved Brit who goes to Beirut to teach English, accompanied by wife Claire, make friends with American reporter Lawrence Anderson and his alluring and intriguing Palestinian girlfriend, Monique. But as the four of them meet up for dinner, the first shots in the Lebanese civil war are fired. Richard falls increasingly under the spell of Lawrence, a man who revels in the outrageous and the absurd, and begins to doubt his own direction in life as a staid teacher. Feeling trapped and fearful as the war begins to impinge on their lives, Richard and Claire are seduced into moving in with Lawrence and Monique by Lawrence’s offers of protection and safety; but ultimately they begin to feel like prisoners. Richard is tempted and confused by his attraction to Monique and barely notices the mutual attraction developing between Claire and Lawrence, until it is glaringly brought to his attention.
The Lebanese Troubles is a smartly written tale of intrigue and betrayal, told through the sometimes hapless-seeming main character who is portrayed by author, Alain Miles, with just the right trace of sardonic humor. The author draws heavily on his extensive experience living in the Middle East to bring each scene in the book vividly to life, with detailed and authentic descriptions of both Lebanon and its people that kept me fully engaged. He effectively uses the subject of war as a metaphor to explore the theme of disintegration of intimate relationships, and the reader is left contemplating the nature of loyalty and trust in everyday life. This book is a great read for anyone who enjoys a fast-paced yet nuanced story of shattered relationships in an absorbing foreign setting of historical importance. I recommend it highly!