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!EBOOK ♷ Beneath the Lion's Gaze ☩ An Epic Tale Of A Father And Two Sons, Of Betrayals And Loyalties, Of A Family Unraveling In The Wake Of Ethiopia S Revolution This Memorable, Heartbreaking Story Opens In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, , On The Eve Of A Revolution Yonas Kneels In His Mother S Prayer Room, Pleading To His God For An End To The Violence That Has Wracked His Family And Country His Father, Hailu, A Prominent Doctor, Has Been Ordered To Report To Jail After Helping A Victim Of State Sanctioned Torture To Die And Dawit, Hailu S Youngest Son, Has Joined An Underground Resistance Movement A Choice That Will Lead To Upheaval And Bloodshed Across A Ravaged Ethiopia Beneath The Lion S Gaze Tells A Gripping Story Of Family, Of The Bonds Of Love And Friendship Set In A Time And Place That Has Rarely Been Explored In Fiction It Is A Story About The Lengths Human Beings Will Go In Pursuit Of Freedom And The Human Price Of A National Revolution Emotionally Gripping, Poetic, And Indelibly Tragic, Beneath The Lion S Gaze Is A Transcendent And Powerful Debut
I Had this book for a really long time but never got round to reading it Now that i m done im kinda wondering why it took me so long The book is about the Ethiopian revolution as seen though the eyes of a fictional family in the time period The author goes to great lengths to get the reader to understand what each of the characters are going through before , during and after the revolution.i really felt like i was going through the struggle with the characters in the book and the decisions they made all seemed to make sense to me you know how you read some books or watch some movies and think.ahh if that was me i wouldn t have done that..well this doesn t happen in this book decisions just seem to make sense..irrespective of whether they are good or evil..which i think is a good thing All in all a pretty good book that you shouldn t read if your feeling depressed its got some sad moments in thereim pretty sure some peeps cried while reading this book My rating a proper awesometacular Etiopia 1974 un colpo di stato militare e armato dall Unione Sovietica mette fine al governo di Hail Selassi e instaura una dittatura spietata Un romanzo che comincia in una sala operatoria e determina la linea di una storia intrisa di sangue.Una lettura in cui si prova vergogna per i riferimenti ad un Italia colonialista con tutti connotati negativi del termine Il fulcro del racconto la famiglia del chirurgo Hailu ma le pagine accatastano una serie di personaggi che compongono il quadro di un periodo storico in cui si dovevano compiere ineluttabili scelte di campo Nel marasma di un Paese in rovina i conflitti sono sia famigliari che generazionali Un romanzo molto bello nel suo contenuto che pecca, secondo me, di armonia in quanto ci sono cambi repentini di scene e voci addirittura da un capoverso all altro mettendo in seria difficolt la lettura.Non so come se non ci fosse stato un lavoro di revisione Peccato per perch il romanzo si sviluppa in un contesto che merita di essere maggiormente conosciuto e che in ogni caso consiglioA dispetto dei condizionamenti esterni, l Etiopia pareva destinata a rimanere un miscuglio di antico e moderno dove il progresso e i riti erano costretti a convivere, come gli ideali del comunismo e le credenze copte This book has a tone and the best word I have for it is sombre I felt Mengiste s Ethiopia to be grand, dignified, ancient, steeped in its rich mythopoesis The graceful prose seems to move glacially from idea to idea, image to image, never becoming fevered or fragmenting as its subjects do The segments from the viewpoint of Haile Selassie seem entirely appropriate in this mood What I m saying might sound like distance, the vertical perspective of a strategy game, but the texture here is also intimate, full of physicality and feeling If this book hadn t been so agonisingly difficult to read because of the graphic scenes of torture, I would be giving it 5 stars.Even before things start to go really horribly wrong as the revolution progresses, life is pretty grim for expert surgeon Hailu, whose wife is severely ill in hospital, and whose younger son s involvement with student activism worries himor less constantly As if things needed to get worse, the older son Yonas young daughter suddenly becomes critically ill too The girl s mother, Sara, distraught, shuts out those around her and bargains with an apparently cruel and blood hungry god to save her daughter, crawling around the church on broken glass, creating a red ring that Mengiste uses as a cheesy filmic scene transition to the image of a cigarette, perhaps to suggest the furnace of violence that will enclose the city.This reminded me why I ve never got on with Christianity I refuse to be forced into an abusive relationship with this sadistic jerk My favourite character in the book, Emama Seble, a witch wise woman of sorts, is indignant when she sees Sara s self inflicted injuries what god would want this I have no prior knowledge of either Ethiopian Orthodox or Coptic beliefs or practices, but apart from the obsession with hair shirt style weird self sacrifice, the role of religion in people s lives here is written attractively, with thoughtful devotion, both mutual and personal, providing social glue and contemplative sanctuary, in a way that reminded me of novels set in Muslim communities Emama Seble s place in the community shows that religion is not used against others.I have described Emama Seble as a witch, but Mengiste does not do so She wears black long after the prescribed period of mourning for her husband, lives alone, and is known or rumoured to have many sexual partners Her healing techniques, as far as we see, are extremely simple and practical she uses relaxing aromatherapy and steam, massage and a bit of psychology The community fears her and believes so strongly in her power they bring her the corpse of a child to resurrect, but they do not attempt to persecute her Hailu s politically active younger son, Dawit is perhaps the main narrative centre, compellingly written and complex despite his taciturn temperament The young man s uncompromising idealism is written in the toughness of his face both Hailu and Yonas remember being fired with political fervour in their youths, but they have become pragmatic and mellow Whether Dawit s native temperament is different or whether his hard fighting spirit is conditioned by the harsher times, his mother Selam has always known he is the strongest His character develops significantly through the novel and he gains self knowledge as he witnesses and judges the behaviour of others, but he retains some naivity to the end One of the most disturbing moments of the story is when Solomon, a resistance fighter whom Dawit is following orders from, hints that the group they belong to also uses torture Just as Dawit s personality is still maturing, the book ends before the story it is telling.There are interludes in Selam s consciousness as well as Selassie s Selam s interjections have a mystical quality, mapping a poetic imaginary that counterpoints the increasingly unbearable hallucinatory horror of reality, holding out the hope of escape or an end to the nightmare I would have lovedbackground,imaginary rooted in this land I will have to readbooks from the region.The central family here belong to a relatively privileged class, but most of the peripheral characters do not I was slightly confused that one of the housekeepers, Sofia, is so poor she sent her children out to work in the street instead of to school I thought this reflected pretty poorly on Hailu family, but I guess it would be considered normal and safe if it weren t for the eruption of violence Nonetheless, this handling of child solider recruitment seemed uncharacteristically clumsy to me One intriguing and enjoyable character is the kiosk owner Melaku, who is a friend and former lover of Emama Seble Occasionally his worldly wisdom is conferred upon Dawit He asks didn t Marx enjoy himself which reminded me of the crucial question in The Name of the Rose of whether Christ laughed perhaps it is equally important I am currently reading Almanac of the Dead in which Native American resistance fighter Angelita La Escapia gives a life changingly brilliant lecture on Marx that I may have to copy out and blog by itself This new reading is causing me to getandfood for thought out of Melaku s seemingly throwaway comment. Beneath the Lion s Gaze begins in 1974 during the last days of Emperor Haile Selassie s despotic rule of Ethiopia Told through the fates of members of a well educated family it conveys the chaos, contradictions and violence that beset the country.As the story starts, the people of Ethiopia are literally dying of starvation as an aged and aloof Emperor goes about business as usual Then seemingly overnight Emperor and officials are seized, murdered or detained and a new struggle begins The new socialist military regime releases undisciplined, uneducated, and mostly untrained troops upon the civilian population resulting in looting, stealing, reassigning real estate, false imprisonment, violence against women, and murder Merciless and paranoid, the new government, backed by the Soviet Union, adds its death grip to the misery of this starving people.Moving and enraging, we follow Hailu, a respected doctor in Addis Ababa try to save his family and his patients He has a surgeon s eye view of the injury leveled on civilians as he attempts to save them in the local hospital while also trying to reign in members of his family who are singled out or court trouble by their actions.A fascinating aspect of this slice of Ethiopian history is its description of the blending of Christianity and long held local beliefs Maaza Mengiste, the author, born in Addis Ababa, has an insider s knowledge of the cultural underpinnings beneath this all too familiar story of ruthless abuse of political power, disregard for the rule of law, and contempt for the lives and aspiration of others unfortunately the universal hallmarks of violent government takeover I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in in learning about life in other parts of the world. First, the cover is not doing this book any favors I assumed it was a memoir, probably of a child soldier or something.Even once I realized this was a novel, I didn t have high expectations for it I was expecting another earnest but poorly written book published on the strength of covering awful events in a time and place most Americans know little about As it turns out, I did like the bookthan expected.Beneath the Lion s Gaze is set in 1970 s Ethiopia, a time of enormous upheaval following a devastating famine and governmental inaction, student protests led to a revolution, overthrowing the hereditary monarch The revolution was quickly co opted by the military, which, claiming to set up a communist government, ushered in a period of terror and repression This book covers about four years and mostly follows one extended family a father, two adult sons, daughter in law and granddaughter along with some of their friends and neighbors The married son just wants peace, while the single one becomes a high profile dissident meanwhile, their father, a doctor, faces a terrible dilemma when the military demands that he treat a torture victim.The story is interesting and the short chapters move it along relatively quickly If you ve read other books about life under oppressive regimes, you know what to expect here there are some ugly scenes, including violence against children But Mengiste balances the bloody parts with scenes dealing with family relations and everyday life the book never feels like a simple news report It is, however, far from a light read the characters attempts to do good consistently make things worse, and there s little hope in the inconclusive finish.Neither the characterization nor the writing style is anything to write home about, but even so, I rather liked the book The author s observations and imagery ring true, and the plot kept my interest If the characters often seemlike representatives of various opinions and experiences than actual people, it s still nice to have a range of them represented, from dissidents to soldiers to collaborators Even the less sympathetic characters are believable and treated fairly.As for the historical aspect, the book certainly piqued my interest in Ethiopia I might have liked ain depth look at events, but can t complain with the book s focusing primarily on the family There s a decent sense of place, with some good descriptions of the country.Overall, this isn t among the best civilians in wartime books I ve read, but nor is it among the worst A decent choice if you re interested in Ethiopia, African fiction generally, or civilian life during revolutions and military dictatorships. Generalmente me pregunto si quieren quitar a Pe a Nieto, a qui n podr an Las Revoluciones sirven cuando se sabe qui n es el siguiente, cuando hay un l der que busca el bien com n, la historia nos ha ense ado que eso no pasa y que desgraciadamente el Poder hace olvidar las buenas intenciones y corrompe al sistema y a las personas en l Este libro ilustra perfecto cuantas vidas puede costar una mala decisi n, recomendado m s en estos tiempos de incertidumbre y pr ximas elecciones electorales. I loved the characters and the setting was highly compelling But I neededplot I really really neededof a plot You ve got to have something happen, and that has to be shown as it s happening Too many time whenever there was movement in the plot it was shown as FLASHBACK 8 No. Let s be real here a lot of what we Westerners know of Ethiopia is based on those late night aid commercials soliciting support for starving children with distended bellies and flies swarming their faces This is incredibly problematic Maaza Mengiste s Beneath The Lion s Gaze flies in the face of that monolithic stock image of the country and gives a richly drawn description of Ethiopian life before the 1974 revolution that many people know little or nothing about.This is the story of a family set against the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie, and is easily one of most gripping books I ve read in a very long time It looks baldly at the beauty of Ethiopian culture a strongly family, community, and faith centered way of life , Ethiopian history Ethiopia proudly off Italian forces and was the only African nation not colonized by Europeans , and the political machinations that tore at the fabric of that society Main characters include Hailu, a medical doctor and the father and head of the household Selam, his ailing wife, Yonas, their eldest son, Dawit the younger,rebellious son, and Sara, Yonas s wife There are a number of ancillary characters that weave in and out of the narrative to tell a story that is about family, love, war, and convictions.For me this novel renewed my interest in Ethiopian history As a black American I already had some idea of Ethiopia s rich contribution to black history, and knew of Haile Selassie s importance to Rastafarianism, but this book made me think about the ramifications of deifying political leaders, black or otherwise The torture death scenes in the book were hard to bear because you realize how both fragile and resilient human life can be This book is definitely worth the read. Mengiste writes skillfully, her words gliding over allusions to god, war, magic, dreams, and hopelessness, all on one page While I would say the book is a bit slow to pick up, I feel in slight agreement with the Guardian s review on the back cover of the paperback edition published by Vintage that that s because she works hard to describe the Ethiopia of the 1970s while also fleshing out her wide range of characters, giving us insights into their fears, prayers and emotions I also think that her many characters, all set against the backdrop of fictionalised, she tells us military socialism, forced disappearances, state control and torture, do disorient the reader slightly, in having to keep track of each character s motivations as well as their current situation in relation to the regime I think this is especially true for the second half.However, this book drew me in and earns a good review from me because the world Mengiste creates for us in three hundred pages is enough to make us think hard about the tough choices people must make about choosing to submit to or resist oppression, protecting their families or being part of something far larger than themselves, and the place of morality and humanity in an old friendship all in un hackneyed, determined and beautiful words, unlike how I have expressed myself here Her book is enough to make one gasp and sigh at the helplessness of the people tethered to these contradictions, mad with fear and love, during a bloody, tumultuous time in a dazed nation Or perhaps I am just the kind of reader who gasps and sighs while reading An interesting, honest book, which is worth the effort it takes to read it 3.5 star rating bumped up to 4 read it.