Towards Asmara

Towards Asmara This national bestseller by the highly acclaimed author of Schindler s List tells the deeply moving and spellbinding story of an alienated Australian journalist s soul searching journey across a war t

  • Title: Towards Asmara
  • Author: Thomas Keneally
  • ISBN: 9780340528112
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • Towards Asmara

    This national bestseller by the highly acclaimed author of Schindler s List tells the deeply moving and spellbinding story of an alienated Australian journalist s soul searching journey across a war torn Africa.

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    1. ashok

      From the author of Schindler's Ark, is this book about the Eritrean war of independence. The narrator, a journalist going through personal issues of rejection, finds himself at the forefront of a news story on the Eritrean war. This is a sparsely documented period of recent history - and the book deserves credit for attempting to portray a semi-fictional account of this time.The basic setting is this -- in the 1980s the Ethiopians under the Dergue regime, carpet bombed Eritrea -- what they consi [...]

    2. Tamara Niemi

      An amazing read that is really like rides I've been on through the region. It's a slow, wandering book, full of odd characters thrown together under strange circumstances. I loved this book, it brought back memories of many trips and many strange travel companions.

    3. Wendy Tanner

      I was enthralled by this book. Having just returned from a 6 week visit to Ethiopia, I was keen to read it, to see how it portrayed the country I'd just been to, and its neighbour, Eritrea. I also had become friends with several people who had moved to my area in Australia from these two countries as refugees, so it had a double relevance for me.I enjoyed Keneally's style immensely. The way he created an intriguing work of fiction, based on historical and anthropological information that he'd ob [...]

    4. Karlan

      This novel about the Eritrean-Ethiopian conflict was listed in the bibliography of CUTTING FOR STONE. The novel follows a small group of foreigners into the war zone with the action seen through the eyes of Darcy, a journalist. It is a compelling, upsetting story by the author Schindler's List.

    5. Michael Walkden

      The Rushlight List: EritreaThe novel presents the fictionalized account of one Mr. Darcy (I tried to find literary significance in the protagonist's name, but it seems to be incidental) a BBC journalist travelling from Khartoum to Asmara to report on the Ethiopian-Eritrean war. Along the way, he accumulates an unlikely group of companions, including Christine Malm├ędy, a young Frenchwoman in search of her elusive cinematographer father, and Mark Henry, an American aid worker whose motives are un [...]

    6. J.R. Rogers

      Evocative, but at times Keneally drills down too deeply in an attempt to present a picture of starving Ethiopian peoples and Eritrean rebel factions and how they are able to survive. With an interesting back story about a young woman seeking her father and a feminist aid worker struggling to understand what is happening with an eye to helping in some way. However the backstory chapters, about the hero Darcy's former life and divorce in Australia never satisfactorily detailed, are disruptive A mu [...]

    7. Andrew Cox

      I couldn't really get into this book. This may have been because I a have been so busy performing "A Midsummer Nights Dream" & was over preoccupied with other things. I just could not really develop any relationships with the characters. It came alive at the end when Henry's true purpose was made clear (which was surprising) but I just hadn't been gripped. There is a detachment to the central character which echoed the desert landscape & some of the scenes of war, which although provided [...]

    8. Daniel Prokop

      I really enjoyed this book though I found it a little clunky to start with and Thomas Keneally is awesome. I have worked in Eritrea and found the people inspiring just as Thomas writes in the book. I know that whilst this is fiction that Thomas Keneally did travel twice into Eritrea during the conflict at great risk to his life and I met one Eritrean man who met with Thomas during his research trips.Towards Asmara is a great story, wonderful accurate insights into people set against a background [...]

    9. Claire

      Australian journalist travels to Eritrea during the civil war to write about the insurgents, but discovers he only went to escape the fact that his wife left him for a guy they met at an aboriginal town in the middle of the desert. Thomas Keneally is a great author and manages to walk the line between being an overly-optimistic peace corps type and a cynical journalist who covered violent tragedies in remote lands for a few decades.

    10. Anna

      I hadn't read Schindler's List or anything when I read this - but a friend from Eritrea told me to read this in order to understand his country. I'm not sure it's possible to gain that sort of understanding through a book, let alone one, but it did give me a glimpse to his homeland. I hope that one day Eritrea can again be free, and I can visit my friend, Yonas, in his home. Right now, he's exiled in Denmark, but he's one of the lucky ones who escaped, rather than face forced labor and death.

    11. Hanaan

      I was delighted by this book. The story wasn't earth shattering, and many critics feel that Keneally's treatment of the Eritrea-Ethiopia war was far too one-sided. This did not bother me at all. The author's insights into his characters were incredibly sensitive. I found myself aligned with the him - I almost continously agreed with what he thought was important and what wasn't. So it was very satisfying and I would recommend it to anyone.

    12. Lisa

      A friend of mine who grew up in Eritrea gave this book to me to read. I can't remember much about the book, but I have fond memories of Sirak, and how much fun we had together.

    13. Jmolentin

      Don't remember much of the book, only that it made me pick up other works by Keneally - but not Schinder List

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