Out of It

Out of It Gaza is being bombed Rashid a young clever Palestinian has been smoking grass on the roof watching it happen when he gets the e mail he has been desperate for he s won a scholarship to London Rashid

  • Title: Out of It
  • Author: Selma Dabbagh
  • ISBN: 9781608198764
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gaza is being bombed Rashid a young, clever Palestinian has been smoking grass on the roof watching it happen when he gets the e mail he has been desperate for he s won a scholarship to London Rashid s sister, Iman, frustrated by the atrocities and inaction around her, is beginning to take an interest in an Islamic resistance group Sabri, their intellectual older bGaza is being bombed Rashid a young, clever Palestinian has been smoking grass on the roof watching it happen when he gets the e mail he has been desperate for he s won a scholarship to London Rashid s sister, Iman, frustrated by the atrocities and inaction around her, is beginning to take an interest in an Islamic resistance group Sabri, their intellectual older brother, is working on a history of Palestine from his wheelchair while their mother pickles vegetables and feuds with the neighbours.Out of It follows the lives of Rashid and Iman as they try to forge places for themselves in the midst of occupation, the growing divide between Palestinian factions, and the rise of fundamentalism Written with extraordinary humanity and humour, and moving between Gaza, London and the Gulf, this book helps to re define Palestine and its people.

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    1. A novel about the conflict in Gaza, set at about the time Hamas was winning the struggle to take over from the PLO. It is written from the perspective of brother and sister Rashid and Iman. It starts in Gaza, moving to London, another unspecified country in the Gulf and back to Gaza. Rashid and his friend Khalid run an information centre which sends details of casualties/atrocities to London. Rashid copes by smoking grass from his marijuana plant (Gloria) and dreaming of his girlfriend in London [...]

    2. A view of the Palestinian society. The poor, the rich, the homeless, the fighter, the bored guys, and the annoyed girls. The secular, the extremist, and the unideologist. And Above all GAZA.It draws a portrait of the miserable life in Palestine; the siege, the Zionist attacks, the demolitions, and the detentions in prison. All are committed by the Apartheid "Israel".Rashid, Sabri, Iman, their mother, their father are representatives of Palestine factions and colors.I love it, thought dislike som [...]

    3. 3 1/2 stars.I'm finding this book very hard to rate - the content was 5 star, but unfortunately the editing let it down. When I frequently find that I am rereading paragraphs to extract their meaning, the flow of the narrative is lost and the book loses its punch. However, this is the author's first full length novel and I'd be interested to read another if she writes a second.Rashid and Iman are twins, living in Gaza. Rashid copes with the pressures by smoking marijuana and getting stoned, his [...]

    4. Twenty-six-year-old twins Rashid and Iman live with their mother and older brother Sabri in Gaza; the night the bombing starts, Rashid is blissfully stoned after receiving the welcome news that he's won a scholarship to study in England, and his sister Iman is at a meeting of the Women's Committee in a basement room at one of the newly-built universities. Trapped inside until the following day, she is frustrated by the other committee members refusing to hear her thoughts and opinions because sh [...]

    5. I received this book in a Giveaway and I'm glad that I did.This novel shows the Israel/Palestine conflict through the eyes of the twenty-something Palestinian protagonists, each with their own perspective of the world and the place where they live.I will admit that I previously knew very little about what all was going on with those conflicts and this novel introduced me to aspects that get overlooked by the Western media and pieces of the history that I was unfamiliar with. As a result this bo [...]

    6. While I am unable to comment on how realistic the portrayal of Gaza, Palestine, Gazans or the Palestinian struggle, having not been there myself, I have to say the way the book was written was fabulous. It kept me anticipating and speculating how the characters got where they were in the page I was reading and what will happen to them in the pages to come. The manner the author censored boycotted brands, official names of political parties or the conflict itself was truly sophisticated - enough [...]

    7. It's hard to convey quite how much I loved and appreciated this novel! So many of the characters were mined so well, it was written on that level of honest appraisal of people's thoughts and actions that is still so refreshing to read. It attacked the ugly and the beauty within the story and the characters, exposing both with equal ruthlessness. I felt like I was gaining a lot of understanding and also was awed by the articulation of so many fears and insecurities of my own.I would have loved mo [...]

    8. full-stop/2012/10/24/rReview by Kehan DeSousaIt would defy me to talk about Palestine without being overtly political, and maybe that’s why Selma Dabbagh doesn’t even try to avoid politics in Out of It. Out of It is political in the sense that all novels can be conceived of as arising from and being shaped by their historical context, but it’s also, very literally, about politics. The primary characters spend their lives worrying about Palestine’s fragile material existence; they approac [...]

    9. This novel has a mentality similar to my own, concerning the MC twins Iman and Rashid, and all the people around them. Regarding the mentality comment, I refer to this post-TBI wreckage. This made it "hard to follow" - much like how I've had the comment my thought processes can similarly be "hard to follow".I honestly don't remember if I put this book on hold as a request or if I just noticed it on the shelf. I'm leaning towards the latter recollection since I do recall I was wandering in the D [...]

    10. Twins Rashid and Iman and their elder brother Sabri are Palestinian siblings living in Gaza. Their family is a westernised, privileged one; their father was a prominent politician in the former administration and they have lived abroad. Their house is symbolically still standing, while all around them their neighbours live in tents. Their relative wealth and privilege cannot protect them from the situation they live under, but it gives them a few more options.Each family member has to decide whe [...]

    11. This is my first novel from the oldest conflict-ridden region in the world. To be honest, I did not have much of an expectation from this novel. And also, my knowledge of the Israel-Palestine conflict is rather sketchy. I know what's going on there but how it all started that I didn't know. West Asia was far from my radar. I am so glad this book makes the conflict both human and accessible. Rashid and Iman are twins who are trying to find their own response to the conflict much like I was trying [...]

    12. A first-reads giveaway win for me, Out of It was a perfectly fine book, but it was just missing something for me. I will readily admit I should know more about Palestine and Israel, but I really only have the most basic of understandings of it. I felt this book was expecting the reader to already know more, such as an understanding of the politics and resistance movements within Palestine in it's struggle for the land it was promised to keep. I also, just did not particularly relate to the chara [...]

    13. What a disappointment. The first third of this novel was excellent. Against the backdrop of the struggle to survive in Gaza under bombing and oppression from Israel, we meet various members of a Palestinian family. Rashid, disillusioned and desperate to leave, his sister Iman, struggling to find a role in the struggle and flirting with religious fundamentalism, his disabled older brother Sabri, a bitter former fighter who lost his family and also his legs in a car bomb and then his mother who ha [...]

    14. I was lucky enough to win a copy of Out of It through . Dabbagh delivers a compelling story of a brother and sister who are trying to carve a life for themselves despite the chaos around them. Both characters are well developed. Rashid sees a bright future for himself when he is awarded a scholarship to London, but things don't go exactly as he had planned. Always feeling like a outsider in his own family, Rashid struggles with his family's past, present, and future. His sister, Iman, is also st [...]

    15. Twins Rashid and Iman along with bomb blast survivor older brother Sabri live in Gaza. Rashid gets a ticket out in the form of a university scholarship to London. Iman finds herself getting more involved in the resistance movement. Sabri is a housebound figure sourcing and distributing information.You get a real feeling of sense of place. I cannot say whether it is an accurate portrayal of life in Gaza but it has a feeling of authenticity about it. The tension, confusion and complexity of the st [...]

    16. This was a very hard book to read, but then, the life of those described/written about is very hard! There is no room for lightness and very little air in this story. The family and individuals described come to life as do their struggles. There are no easy answers, barely any answers as members of this priviliged family try to come to terms with their lives in Gaza and in their attemps to leave Gaza. I really struggled to read this, not because of the writing which is excellent but because of t [...]

    17. This book was received as a GoodReads First Reads WinI was unable to finish the book. It lay on my bedside for months with me never in the mood to pick it up. It was an interesting subject matter but the story was lost in the childish love relationship of Rashid and Lisa. I also found it a far fetched notion that all these young people were so easily able to leave Gaza and head over to London. Sex and alcohol was no big deal, as a Muslim I find that offensive. Too many things bothered me about t [...]

    18. "Set in contemporary Palestine, London and the Gulf, Dabbagh’s novel provides a fresh and impressive insight into what it means to be Palestinian in the 21st century.Focusing on twins Iman and Rashid, the novel escapes the traditional rhetoric of Palestine.Iman in particular is strong-willed and feisty, willing to subvert expectations in Gaza by removing her headscarf in public and becoming increasingly political." (Excerpt from full review at For Books' Sake).

    19. I wanted to like this, but it couldn't even hold my attention. I was constantly having to backtrack to the previous page after realising I had no idea what had just happened. I had nothing invested in the story and now that I've finished the book, I can barely remember how and why everything happened. The book also does this annoying thing where it flits from the mind of one character to another within the same scene, instead of settling on one at a time.Aside from that I didn't dislike the book [...]

    20. The initial pages of the book were a bit puzzling as the narrative style is pretty complex. Slowly, as you read the book you will get used to 'b' being talked about before 'a'. It is an interesting read. I shall give it three stars as the end was pretty vague. Also if the author has included a character similar to Leila Khaled, the great Leila Khaled of the Palestinian revolution, then she hasn't developed it well making her weak at some points. This was a disappointment. The novel is about the [...]

    21. I stayed awake late to finish this excellent first novel - extremely political but avoiding sloganising and sermonising (after all, actions do speak louder than words). It has superb pace and a wonderful eye for description, both of place of of character; particularly striking are the complex and subtle portrayals of familial relations, against a backdrop of Israeli atrocities and Palestinian resistance in Gaza. I bought this on the strength of a very positive newspaper review and will certainly [...]

    22. truky enjoyed this book. the characters were engaging with delicately nuanced personanlities and observations. the multi dimensional narrative on culture, of people just trying to carve out identities in a situation where pre defined identities ae expected to be taken up or imposed upon them. it was a very readable book, depicting the very real human stories of life in palestine as a palestinian. highly recommend it. quite haunting

    23. What strikes me both as a reader and writer in this novel is the closeness and intimate familiarity I felt with the text itself - the style, language, choice of words and phrases, metaphors, the way Selma describes emotions and gestures. On some deep level, the text felt to me like home.I read a lot, and this sense of home with a text rarely happens. It happened to me with only two other writers. It's a feeling quite difficult to convey in words.

    24. There are so many layers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that we don't necessarily understand, and what Selma Dabbagh does with her novel is to try to give us some access to them. I like the characters, what they symbolise. On some level I was expecting something major to happen sooner. Then I thought maybe there'd be a punch right at the end. I suppose there was, though it left me a little underwhelmed.

    25. I wanted to like this but couldn't because there was too much crammed into the story. There was about five or six different plot lines going on the result being none of them worked. The backdrop of terror torn Palestine would have been better explored if the author had taken one storyline and ran with it.

    26. Compelling story that races forward. At times tricky to keep track of characters and their mind sets but after a while this works out. Powerful and timely glimpse into the struggles and challenges of Gaza. If I could I would give it 3.5 starsarly a 4 Highly recommend. I am looking forward to author's next book.

    27. I loved this book. A real insight into modern Palestinians. The characters all felt very real, and the plot is compelling throughout building to a great climax at the end. Very atmospheric but it doesn't lay on the 'misery' too thick- after all, it centres around a middle class family who are aware of their advantage.

    28. Educational, eye-opening and also a page-turner. These things rarely intersect all that well, but it works in Out of It. Of course, "page-turner" is totally subjective and "educational" probably is as well. Coming of age, love, family secrets, exile, intrigues of the political elite, life. Set in Gaza in (I think) the early 2000s (and also London and briefly Dubai).

    29. I wanted to like this book more. The plot is good and I also quite enjoyed the range of characters, but something about them, at times, felt inauthentic--especially in dialogues that are meant to be didactic.

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