Alice Mogens

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (91 of 99)
Birthday: 16 July
In My Own Words:
Although I am now getting to be middle-aged, my childhood and teenage years in Lebanon are still very important to me. They really made me who I am - a mix of two very different cultures, Norwegian and Lebanese, with an enormous curiosity about the world, life, other people, etc. etc.

Most of all, apart from all the people I love, I love books. I don't think I can imagine a life without boo… Read more


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Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
In one of the chapters of this book, there is a description of the letter-writer, the owner of a bookstore who sits on the sidewalk, writing (and reading) letters for people who cannot read or write. Mistry's description of the joy that the written word can bring into peoples' lives stands out as one of the many jewels in this treasure chest of a book.
Other jewels are the old man Nariman's relationship with his grandson, Jehangir, which grows more and more precious as he becomes a bed-ridden fixture in their living room, holding Jehangir's hand at night when their nightmares haunt them. Nariman's returning memories of the love of his life, which was cut short by his marriage to a… Read more
I, the Divine - a Novel in First Chapters by Rabih Alameddine
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Divine!, 24 July 2002
Rabih Alameddine is a brilliant writer!
This is the story of Sarah, the daughter of an American woman, who became more Druze than the Druze in her effort to please her husband (but could give him only daughters) and a Druze Lebanese man. She grows up with her father and stepmother and all her sisters and the longed for brother, in Beirut, as it is being torn apart by war. She escapes it all by eloping to New York, only to have her son taken away from her by her husband, who wants to return to Lebanon. She makes a trip back to her family in Lebanon when her sister goes mad. The longed-for only son, Sarah's brother Ramzi, is homosexual, which is also a problem for the family in… Read more
Koolaids by Rabih Alameddine
Koolaids by Rabih Alameddine
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I found this book quite by chance through Amazon a couple of years back. An amazing book, a kaleidoscope of stories in a story, real and imagined, of the fates of war-torn lives, homosexuality and its taboos in the Middle East, San Francisco, dying of AIDS, memories of Beirut in the old days - it can get confusing at times, but never, never boring. A fantastic read.
The reason I wanted to put in a review for it today, is that I just finished reading his latest book, "I, the Divine", and feel that "Kool Aids" is an important book to read if you want to discover this wonderful, wonderful writer!!