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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.
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 5 months after purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2011 :
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
Canadian Lebanese Human Rights Advocate
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
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 30 days after purchase)