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Smashwords book reviews by sara basrai
- The Lebanese Troubles
on April 07, 2010
The Lebanese Troubles is a bold novel, rich and innovative in its execution. Alain is economic in his prose. Each words counts as he brings alive a world through the eyes of his main protagonist, Richard. It is clear that the relative prosperity and security of the Lebanon, set between Mediterranean and Arab cultures, is under threat and on the brink of civil war. Richard, too, is on the brink of change, a young man trapped by convention, but as yet unable to define his new identity. The religious and ethnic diversity and turmoil of the Lebanon is reflected in Alain’s characters.
I can’t recommend this novel enough, or the intelligence and ingenuity of its author, whom I have the pleasure of working with on TNBW. Alain is always willing to share and trade ideas, and is passionate about the art of drafting well-written, transcendent stories.