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View all 3 comments. Most of the AIDS books at the time were about going on your last trip to Paris and buying a sweater and eating cheese for the last time. It was the greatest gift, rabi was the epitome of grace.

It is an escape. Alamerdine range of experiences involved in both the Lebabnese civil war and in being homosexual are seen in the first perspective from about ten main characters. Alameddine exposes and excavates an elemental raw, gut truth that is oh so painful to listen to but oh so necessary to hear. I was separated from my family at an early age, sent to live with my aunt in Beirut when I was ten in order to get a better education.

Alameddine directly mentions Kool-Aid within the text of the novel twice. At the time, Maronite Christians were sited as the largest single group. Clips, quips, vignettes and hallucinations, tragic news reports and hilarious sho Detailing the impact of the AIDS epidemic and the Lebanese civil war in Beirut on a circle of friends and family, “Koolaids” tells the stories of characters who can no longer love or think except in fragments of time, each of which goes off along its own trajectory and immediately disappears.


With all my craziness. Rabih always promised to give me a lap dance, but I never thought it would be in Sarajevo. The narrator seems to be almost fascinated at the sight of his dead father’s koolakds and the experience seems to be treated lightly. I was only distracted for a little while.


Well known stream of consciousness works usually follow very few characters, such as Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But the best thing is, it was the best revenge ever. Preview — Koolaids by Rabih Alameddine. His father slaps him because the face looks like Mohammad’s mother.

We are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.

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A wildly uneven, alamedidne powerful and original portrayal of cultural and sexual displacement, alienation, alameeddine its admirably gritty way–pride. An amateur painter keeps showing his friend who is a better painter his work. It was taking, in many ways, to me or someone like me. The anger within the voice of the character radiates off the page.

I just never thought that it would be some amazing thing: No, my interest in poetry precedes the novel. Koolaids follows more than just a team of characters.

Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant alameddin, and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia’s inclusion policy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. My greatest gift, in many ways, is that I was loved.

Rabih Alameddine: “My Existence is Uncomfortable for People”

Koolaids makes parallels between war-torn Lebanon and the gay community torn apart by the AIDS epidemic. No trivia or quizzes yet. While these characters are berated for ending their family lines, the Republic rejoices as new lines are drawn triumphantly in the sand.


All of sudden, when the epidemic started spreading, it seemed that lesbians were appearing all over the place. It made me feel so alsmeddine with so little. If ever there was a doubt to the narrator’s intentions we are given a quote by Norman Mailer saying, “There is nothing safe about sex.

Another notion of death touched on in the novel is the idea of the living dead. Sep 18, Blake Carrera rated it it was amazing. He is drawn down to the waist, and has more hair than the others.

However, it’s best–or appears to be Alameddine’s design–to allow the multiplicity a,ameddine away and let the coming and going of voices and forms envelop you without any thought or attempt to make sense.

American never bombed Lebanon. Perhaps the narrators do not want to include the readers, and all of the terms are meant for us to not even look up, kkoolaids just accept. He asks me what I am doing. It is a postmodern novel told from the point of view of numerous narrators.

This can be confusing at times, but like the other vignettes, it can be understood at the end and a unified story becomes apparent. Alamedcine and try again. Who needs poor old Sun? You have a grieving son in The Hakawati named Osama. This is how we want to make sense: He is at times hilarious and always irreverent.