Live From Cairo

Live From Cairo

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First Scribner hardcover edition.
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After being denied permission to join her husband in America, an Iraqi refugee is trapped in Cairo during the aftermath of the 2011 revolution and must rely on a foolhardy attorney with feelings for her and a not entirely legal plan to get her out.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501146879
1501146874
Branch Call Number: FIC BASSING
Characteristics: 323 pages : map ; 24 cm

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Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte was about a young woman, named Dalia, who tried to flee to the United States to reunite with her husband. The book focused on the lives of the people who lived through the Egyptian Revolution. Dalia and her husband Omran was married in their village before the start of the Egyptian Revolution, after Omran was caught by the militia. Since Omran used to work for an American company, the militia portrayed him as an enemy, and tortured Omran badly which made him lost an eye. After all, when Dalia finally out Omran out and sent him to America, she was trapped in Egypt. Then, Dalia, who doesn’t have a job or visa in the States went to the Resettlement Centre and asked for reunion with her husband in the States. The paperworks were read by Hana, a new Iraqi-American volunteer in the office. After the interview, Dalia’s request was denied. One of Hana’s friend and admirer, Charlie, tried to help Hana out yet, can not resist Hana’s attraction to him. Omran and Hana’s relationship was also challenged since they have gone through so much and left each other for so long. Could Hana, safely go the States to meet her husband? Or could they ever meet again?

I was amazed at how the author wrote about daily lives of the people during the Egyptian Revolution. The experiences feel exotic yet it also gives humour to the story and the characters. The story plot was intense and made me feel as if I was there.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about love, choices, and faith. Although the stories in the book are nonfiction it gives the sense of how some people lived during the Egyptian Revolution and how love and faith could affect decisions.

- Ria C.

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laphampeak
Oct 21, 2017

Live From Cairo has all the ingredients to make an enjoyable and thoughtful read. There is a first hand account of the refugee process in Cairo in 2011, conflict and revolution in the political arena, paperwork and bureaucracy in the resettlement office, and romance and relationships. Makes the reader contemplate the importance of one another. The story could have had greater ups and downs but came through in every other department.

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