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Nothing prepared me for the cruelty of the English. Cruise has already played a rabbih role in this review than he does in the entire novel. In that moment, I envision myself joyous, spiritually felicitous. Death lurks obviously throughout the pages, whether it be in the form of the AIDs epidemic both personal and public trauma or the Lebanese war also portrayed for us in both personal and public incidents of trauma or homophobia yes, both personal and public or heartbreak you betcha, personal and public.

This is the fire. How to write a great review. By the early 60s, the majority of people in Lebanon were Muslim, yet the country was still ruled by the Maronite Christians.

Perhaps the simplest connection to AIDS is in the fear of death and the creation of immortality.


An example of this is on pagewhere the narrator says, “Hey you! Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. I write for me. May 31, Lala rated it it was amazing Shelves: All in all, Alameddine’s first novel gives me the impression that maybe I should pick up one of his latest novels and see if his contemporary writing style is more my taste, or maybe I should just go read the works of the other authors whose compelling and intriguing quotes he included in his text.

Koolaids: The Art of War

Return to Book Page. Kirkus Reviews A first collection of loosely related stories and a title novella, from the Lebanese-born author of Koolaids It doesn’t actually play any role. There are many things that I did in that book—some were unconscious and some were conscious—but the reason that I speak to the reader is because in my experience—at that time, and it is still true now—a lot of literature is not about the readers per se.


As usual, with that lovable son of a bitch, he was lying. He looked dead already. In this way of writing, Alammedine has a select audience that he writes to. I arrived in San Francisco, hardly knew anybody, let alone any lesbians. Well, again, I wrote this book never knowing whether anybody would read it or not. As much as I hate you people, I like you people. To quote Alameddine from his own book on what is ostensibly his own book pg Like Zen koans, Koolaids issues pronouncements while pointing out the absurdities of any kind of truth.

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Kurt, lying on his death bed, leaves his work to Mo, who is his lover, but also in the same situation. This spatial element is interesting, because — outside of the narrator — the Lebanon sections distance their characters, whether by using some as 3rd-person POV characters, or alamedrine leaving others nameless. Sarah’s next letter expresses her shock and includes a slice of fruitcake to “ease the pain.

It features four cycling narrators and characters, and has dialogues between various gods, and Tom Cruise who is complaining continuously that no, he is not homosexualand news reports. The novel also offers narratives on the inadequate representation of the realities of AIDS and the Lebanon civil war in the mass media.

He takes five and lays them on her stomach and says she has to take one. The randomness and fragments of thought add to the overall theme of chaos, and the meaninglessness of everything in life.

That is something that I figured out a while ago.

For this particular self-portrait, the man’s features are slightly fuzzily drawn, with very thick black lines. The epidemic was random in terms of who lived and who died, kind of like war. The multiple narrative perspectives are there in both books, Lebanon as seen by an expatriot, but the similarities end there.


Sep 18, Mekenzie Dyer rated it it was amazing.

In this vignette, which is almost a complete tangent, like many of koolsids vignettes throughout the story are, alameedine narrator has a dream in which he kills his father. The rest of the painting, the skin of the face, is a mottled and faded yellow-green. This phrase, ” drinking the Kool-Aid ” has a particular significance, meaning to accept an argument or philosophy completely or blindly.

Someday, I used to tell myself. This dualistic narration is also interrupted periodically with other anecdotal blurbs that serve usually to make a point; namely the reoccurrence of the horsemen. Alameddiine, they handle all of the challenges with more level-headedness than I thought possible. As a part of the gay art community, Mo knows that Kurt means he cannot take his paintings after he dies, but that he wants them to remain somewhere. At one point they are lying in bed and she feels a gun under the pillow, and he tells her that he has many more guns.

Koilaids of consciousness is effectively an unending interior monologue that tries to portray the constant thought process of the lead character.

Thus arises his schismatic text that doesn’t alamedvine much weave together the elements of AIDS, the Lebanese civil war, religion, and death, as it does dump them in a heap and leave you sorting the threads into the right piles.