The Tiller of Waters

The Tiller of Waters This spellbinding novel narrates the many layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut The desolate almost surreal urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sag

  • Title: The Tiller of Waters
  • Author: Hoda Barakat
  • ISBN: 9789774248634
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • This spellbinding novel narrates the many layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay inThis spellbinding novel narrates the many layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt Both Mitri and his father are textile merchants and see the world through the code of cloth, from the intimacy of linen, velvet, and silk to the most impersonal of synthetics Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grandparents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut Haunting scenes of pastoral Kurds are juxtaposed against the sedentary decadence of metropolitan residents Barakat weaves into her sophisticated narrative shreds of scientific discourse about herbal plants and textile crafts, customs and manners of Arabs, Armenians, and Kurds, mythological figures from ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Arabia, the theosophy of the African Dogons and the medieval Byzantines, and historical accounts of the Crusades in the Holy Land and the silk route to China.

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    1. قصة مملة جدا. لا حبكة و لا حتى يوجد قصة فقط استعراض لمعلومات الكاتبة عن تاريخ القماش ( علم لا ينفع و جهل لا يضر)

    2. hoda barakat reveals a invesitgation of where our minds would go were we to be left alone. thankfully her protaganist wasn't a politican. this book took me some time to become invested in. its brevity hasn't been an incentive to finish it quickly but there are precious nuggets of wisdom within the book. it does the reader the favor of mentioning the breadth of destruction in beruit and insinuations of israeli militancy. this nuance is important for two reasons: the relief to read a commentary on [...]

    3. A very interesting book about a war in Lebanon and a person stuck in the middle of it. But the book is also about material, and weaving, and cloth and there is a beautiful; section near the end about silk. Here is a small example of the beautiful use of language – this section is about silk: “Come a little nearer, and close your eyes so that their energy will pass into your ears. What do you hear? the sound of a pent-up brook suddenly freed, or a wave crashing onto hot sand, or the escape of [...]

    4. A surreal novel for those who are familiar with the landscape of middle east. Flowing fabrics and weavers dominate this prose. There is no plot if you are looking for one. Initially the book will enchant you with beautiful descriptions but slowly the devastated landscape of Beirut will take you deeper into the rubble of war where a man in his futile ambition to grow a garden on the ruins of his cloth shop looks for new plants. Also, it unfolds the Kurdish mythology of how 'KURDS', came into bein [...]

    5. لم استمتع بالكتاب. هو يتحدث عن لبنان و وقع الحرب و الخراب فيها و كيف انها على مر العصور تدك و تعاود الوقوف حتى تصل لاعلى مراتب الازدهار و قممها ثم تدك المره تلو الاخرى كانما يستشعر نهايتها من قمم نجاحها.بطلها تائه فيها و في خرابها فيها الكثير من الفقد و التشويه و معايشه الخراب [...]

    6. رواية من الممكن أن اقول عنها انها "غريبة" ,قرأتها ضمن منشورات كتاب في جريدة 2004,يمضي فيها الخال موثقا الواقع بطريقة صادقة و عميقة جدادون ان تبدو كذلك,و للقماش حكاية أخرى تغير نظرة القاريء له بعد أن ينتهي,حيث يصبح القماش كائنا حيا حيويا و حساسا فيها.

    7. يعزّ علي أن أعبّر عن حجم استيائي و خيبة أملي مما آلت إليه الرواية العربية.لم أقرأ كتابا عربيا مثيرا للإهتمام منذ زمن بعيد.لا يسعني أن أقول عن رواية هدى بركات سوى أنها رواية مملة و تافهة إلى أبعد الحدود.

    8. لحد الأن أعتبرها من أسوء ما قرأت , رواية مملة جدا, لاتوجد لا حبكة و لا شيء , لا أعرف كيف أجهدت نفسي للصبر على قراءتها على امل اني سأعجب بفقرة ما أو أفهم القصة في صفحة من صفحاتها . خاب أملي و ضللت تائهة بين صفحتها بلا فائدة من دون أن أعجب ولو بعبارة واحدة

    9. This was one of the most descriptive books I have ever read; not always for the best but you'll need to finish it to make up your mind; personally the ending really struck a cord with memple yet powerful.

    10. Un romanzo che partendo dalla storia sia passata che recente ha continui salti nel visionario o nel ricordo. Un po' offuscata l'ultima parte.

    11. الطرح ضعيف و الأسلوب ركيك جدافشلت الكاتبة في وصف كل شيء عدا القماش وتفصيلاتهلعلها أعارت حبكة الرواية اهتماما كما فعلت مع القماششعرتها مدونة عبثية هشة القوام و مكتوبة بلا هدف السرد التاريخي ممل يفتقر عنصر الحماس و الإثارة والشخصيات لم تشدني بسبب عدم دخول الكاتبة إلى الأعماق [...]

    12. بدأت الكاتبة الرواية بداية طيبة لكنها بعد ذلك فقدت تركيزها ولا أدري يحاول القارئ متابعة القرأة فيضيع بين وصف أنواع الاقمشة ومتابعة الكلاب للاسف كانت رواية لاتستحق القرأة

    13. The Tiller of Waters is a beautiful novel that is vulgarly illusive. Don't take me wrong; I have no grudge against it--you'll find the opposite at the end of this review. I use "vulgarly illusive" to denote the novel's quality for being illusive/elusive and telling us so upfront. It opens with a list of epigraphs, two of which from Jorge Luis Borges and another from a pre-modern Chinese philosopher that sounds so much like Borges. The novel presents a narration by Niqula, a Beiruti young man who [...]

    14. Okay, I loved the book. I couldn't finish it before it was due back to the library but I read most of it. I'm a slow reader and whenever I did pick it up and read even a bit, I enjoyed it. It's a disturbing war novel taking place in Beirut during the civil war. The main, and nearly only, character, after losing his house to squatters, wanders in the bombed out city until he comes to his father's fabric shop. It has been bombed and the main floor burned and all of its cheap fabrics melted. But in [...]

    15. عندما يكون القُماش هو البطل علّقتني هذه الرّواية منذ عام ٢٠٠٤ عندما قرأت عنها. ووجدتها الكترونياً في مجموعة كتاب في جريدة. حكاية القماش وحبكته وأصوله، من الدانتيل الى الحرير ، صاغتها هدى بركات بخط متوازي مع بيروت(المدينة الملعونة) وتاريخها وحروبها . حكاية فريدة فلسفية فيها [...]

    16. قصة مختلفة، ماذا إذا أنفصلت عن العالم وعشت مختبأ عنه غضبان من أفعالهم. يختبأ شخصية القصة في وسط بيروت التجاري المدمر خلال الحرب الأهلية خائفاً من الوحوش الحقيقية في هذه الدنيا اللتي تقتل دون سبب أو لأنك تؤمن بالله بطريقة مختلفة. ويحاول تجنب الوحش اللتي تقتلة لأنها تحتاج أن ت [...]

    17. Couldn't get into it. The narrator was not likeable, and the whole thing moves too slowly. I didn't care for the tone of the books the story within the story took too long to get to. I'm reading the English translation. Maybe it's better in Arabic.

    18. It was OK. I read it as a sample of literature for my studies on Lebanese civil war & I believe that Hoda Barakat - albeit being a great writer - does not master the male voice in her writing. It is a plotless novel, original in its take & theme exploration. Surrealism meets magical realism.

    19. كتاب مثير بمضمونه وسرده لكنه يفاجئك بنهايته التي تحتمل الكثير من التأويلات "من قتلني يا ابي" احببت طرقة الكاتبة بمزج المعلومات والرواية بدون ان تشعر بالملل من سرد الحقائق التاريخية او العلمية

    20. اعجبني الكتاب كثيرا فهو يكتب في ذلك الحنق من نظام الاشياء في بلادناوالضياع في الحياة القاسية

    21. معقولة، كقصة ضعيفة، معتمدة بالكامل على ثرثرة متماسكة لغوية ومختلقة، لو بتحب شغل العزب، الرواية دي نفس السكة وأحسن

    22. رواية جميلة.تحكي عشق وتغلل في بيروت كما فعلت رضوى عاشور في قطعة من أورنا.ثم طريقة السرد الممتعة وقصة الأقمشة والمخمل والأكراد وقصة شمسه.بيروت التي لاتفتئ تعيش الإزدهار حتى تنتكس كالقمر.ممتعة

    23. A complex narrative created with high literary skills. You can watch our YouTube review here: youtu/Cao5agDRRRI.

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