The Rock of Tanios Hardcover – 1 Oct 1994
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He is a master storyteller...and his observations of human nature in all its facets is wonderfully accurate throughout. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
This is as colourful as a fairy tale, and brilliantly translated from the French. (THE TIMES)
Told with the simplicity of fable but set on the cusp of the modern world, this is a wonderful tale. (INDEPENDENT)
This is a beautifully crafted story detailing the intricacies of the folklores and superstitions which dominated nineteenth-century Oriental village life. (OBSERVER) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Amin Maalouf is a Lebanese journalist and writer. He was formerly director of the weekly international edition of the leading Beirut daily an-Nahar, and editor in chief of Jeune Afrique. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book tells the story of a small Lebanese village where the Sheikh is the master who must be obeyed. His son (or is he? read it to find out) Tanios rebels against the system and suddenly disappears. But what has happened to him? No one knows, but his name is made famous by his disappearance.
Years later scholars try to find out what happened.
Don't take my word for it. Read it. It's great. If you're interested in the Middle East you'll love this book.
As I am pretty ignorant about the history of the areas mentioned, I was at times a little lost when reading the book, specifically during the latter portion when all the talk of the Emir and the empires began. I also felt that some of the characterisation may have been lost in translation, or perhaps could have benefited from more adventurous imagery and dialogue.
On the whole, though, it's a good read. Not amongst the greatest Lebanese / French literature, but not one to be dismissed either. It gives you a taste of the Lebanon of old, and I find myself hungry for more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like it. Maalouf's narrative is beautiful. It is like to be inside the story and the ending leave the reader with a sensation of melanchony and magic at the same time.Published 21 months ago by Mr A Balistreri
A book recommended by a friend. Excellent in every way! Will be looking for more books by this author in the near future!Published on 16 Jan. 2013 by xena hounsell