Moving the Palace

Moving the Palace At the dawn of the th century a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service In this lush chron

  • Title: Moving the Palace
  • Author: Charif Majdalani Edward Gauvin
  • ISBN: 9781939931467
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the dawn of the 20th century, a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa, encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service In this lush chronicle of far flung adventure, the military recruit crosses paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace in Tripoli and is transporting it across the continentAt the dawn of the 20th century, a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa, encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service In this lush chronicle of far flung adventure, the military recruit crosses paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace in Tripoli and is transporting it across the continent on a camel caravan The protagonist soon takes charge of this hoard of architectural fragments, ferrying the dismantled landmark through Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, attempting to return to his native Beirut with this moveable real estate Along the way, he encounters skeptic sheikhs, suspicious tribal leaders, bountiful feasts, pilgrims bound for Mecca and T.E Lawrence in a tent.

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    1. I'm reminded once more of how idiosyncratic and personal reading can be, because much of what I loved in this novel would have been why I might have put it down another time. The story is told as if through antique glass--with bubbles, waves, and occasional clarity--and it begins with a narrator looking at a photograph of his grandfather, and thinking about all the stories he has heard about the man in the photograph. What follows is acknowledged as partly made up in the head of the narrator, pa [...]

    2. Moving the Palace is a quirky little book about a Lebanese Protestant who goes to work for the British colonial administration in the Sudan the early twentieth century, and finds himself deep in the desert where he finds a fellow Lebanese merchant trying to find a buyer for an entire palace that's being transported piecemeal on the back of camels. Beyond that, there isn't much by way of a plot to this brief novel, but Majdalani's writing is vivid and often deadpan, dryly funny (there's one parti [...]

    3. A picaresque without a narrator I loathe! Which is to say, a picaresque without the picaresque. Our hero comes into possession of a disassembled Moorish palace and embarks on many travels in prewar sub-Saharan Africa to try and find a Sultan or a tribal chief who will buy it from him. The author bio says that Charif Majdalani has often been described as a Lebanese Proust, which a) makes this book sound far more discouraging and less funny and charming than it is and b) makes me side-eye the auth [...]

    4. The story of Samuel Ayyad, a Lebanese man who, in 1908 at the age of eighteen leaves his home in Beirut to become a civilian officer for the British army in the Sudan, is told many decades later by his grandson. The narrator states at the beginning of his tale that the stories of his adventurous grandfather’s life have been passed down through his family by word of mouth making some of this story read more like legend than biography. He begins his tale with a rhetorical question:How to bring t [...]

    5. Think of this as the story of a road trip by camel with a palace in the baggage. At the turn of the last century a Lebanese man leaves his country for Egypt. He takes a job with a British officer in Khartoum. His duties in the tribal areas of the Sahara bring him in touch with another Lebanese man, who is carrying his palace from Tripoli in pieces on camels, hoping to sell it to a tribal chieftain. He is ready to give up, but convinces Samuel to buy it. Samuel decides it would be a wonderful hom [...]

    6. Don't let this book cover fool you. It is NOT a child's book!! My book cover is actually different than this one, a more adult looking cover. I won it through , and I want to thank AND the author for giving me a chance to read and review this novel.Don't get me wrong with my "okay" rating. It has some glowing comments -- about the details and how you really can picture this castle being moved in pieces through Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. The novel has some glowing description. The d [...]

    7. This is a tale full of the mounted cavalcades beneath great wind-tossed banners and restless wanderings. The setting is the early 20th century and the tale is recounted to the reader by the grandson of a Lebanese explorer, Samuel who in the course of his travels in North Africa is enlisted into the services of an eccentric English colonel in Sudan. In the course of his assignment Samuel crossed paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace and is transporting across the continent [...]

    8. L'ambiance est crédible et bien communiquée; les grands espaces - et les petits aussi - très bien peints; l'aventure, l'humour, les comparaisons imprédictibles propres à l'auteur, tout y est. Cependant j'avais lu le "Villa des femmes" plus aisément. Ce roman m'a ennuyé à certains endroits - peut être plus par disposition personnelle que pour les qualités intrinsèques du livre, je ne saurais le dire. Peut être que le thème du libanais levantin aventurier est devenu désabusé (pour u [...]

    9. I received this as an ARC at ALA Annual this year. Majdalani's novel is a marvelous read for this former CMES-er. Seeing Middle Eastern history through the eyes of our unique protagonist, the Lebanese Samuel, was fascinating. I thought the translator did a beautiful job, and the lyrical prose evoked both the original French and Arabic. I would put Majdalani's book next to Gentlemen of the Road and Baudolino in my collection of beloved travel narratives, especially those that encourage blurring t [...]

    10. What makes this book unusual is it is a portrayal of colonialism from the viewpoint of the colonized. Well, that isn't really the case. The Lebanese protagonist spends the book traveling through Sudan, (what is now) Saudi Arabia, and Syria, largely "passing" as a European while still identifying personally as an Arab. One annoying thing about the book is the sentence structure. It is filled with run-on sentences that might have been a product of translation from the original Arabic. Still the tr [...]

    11. I couldn't decide whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. It is beautifully written rollicking story, but with too many characters that were difficult to keep up with. It also helped that I have decent knowledge of the time and place.

    12. Even though I enjoyed, I constantly felt that I was too uneducated to truly understand. So many historical references went over my head.

    13. Quirky. Fun. Hard to know what to compare it too. Language was beautiful, and this was a translation. 3.5 stars.

    14. This book takes you to a different culture, a different time, a vastly different perspective on events during the time the story occurs. There is a great big world out there.

    15. Majdalani has an incredible sense of deadpan humor that runs all the way through Moving the Palace in a way that I would argue is a fundamental premise of the book

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