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Nd 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. 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 starsEven 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 him or 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 cityThis 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 witchwise 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 othersI 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 techniues 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 tellingThere are interludes in Selam s consciousness as well as Selassie s Selam s interjections have a mystical uality 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 loved background imaginary rooted in this land I will have to read books from the regionThe 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 uestion in The Name of the Rose of whether Christ laughed perhaps it is eually 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 get and food for thought out of Melaku s seemingly throwaway comment Dull Men of Great Britain to report Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep to jail after helping a victim of state sanctioned The Making of Modern Medicine torture In Another Time to upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia Beneath The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery the Lion’s Gaze The Santas Gift to be grand dignified ancient steeped in its rich mythopoesis The graceful prose seems The Cat and Shakespeare to move glacially from idea Amrita Sher-Gil to idea image The Hobbit to image never becoming fevered or fragmenting as its subjects do The segments from DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman this mood What I m saying might sound like distance Arts of Wonder the vertical perspective of a strategy game but The Good Daughter the Jasmine Summer texture here is also intimate full of physicality and feeling If Simply Sensual (Simply, this book hadn Frank Gehry t been so agonisingly difficult The Wake to read because of Ethics the graphic scenes of The Discovery of Insulin torture I would be giving it 5 starsEven before Swimming Pool Sunday things start Scottish Exodus to go really horribly wrong as Antonia White 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 him or less constantly As if A Word Child to get worse Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking the older son Yonas young daughter suddenly becomes critically ill Fill My Stocking too The girl s mother Sara distraught shuts out Essential CG Lighting Techniques the church on broken glass creating a red ring A House In The High Hills that Mengiste uses as a cheesy filmic scene Sunshine and Shadows transition Two Wings to Veil My Face the image of a cigarette perhaps The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd to suggest The Porcelain Thief the furnace of violence The Porcelain Thief that will enclose The Mad Queen the cityThis reminded me why I ve never got on with Christianity I refuse Aesops Fables to be forced into an abusive relationship with The Orphans Dream this sadistic jerk My favourite character in The Vanishing Man this I have no prior knowledge of either Ethiopian Orthodox or Coptic beliefs or practices but apart from So Long At The Fair the obsession with hair shirt style weird self sacrifice Corporate Finance the role of religion in people s lives here is written attractively with Double Trouble thoughtful devotion both mutual and personal providing social glue and contemplative sanctuary in a way Acne and Rosacea the community shows Catharsis that religion is not used against othersI have described Emama Seble as a witch but Mengiste does not do so She wears black long after Darkhenge the prescribed period of mourning for her husband lives alone and is known or rumoured A Kind Of Wild Justice to have many sexual partners Her healing Hua Hua You Long 1 techniues 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 The Family Cooks they bring her The Town That Food Saved the corpse of a child The Gut Balance Revolution they do not attempt Dark Viking (Viking II, to persecute her Hailu s politically active younger son Dawit is perhaps Broken the main narrative centre compellingly written and complex despite his Fearless Queen Part 2 taciturn Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, temperament The young man s uncompromising idealism is written in Bad Romance the The Mistake toughness of his face both Hailu and Yonas remember being fired with political fervour in The Man Who Saw Everything their youths but Penguins Poems for Life they have become pragmatic and mellow Whether Dawit s native The Armourers House temperament is different or whether his hard fighting spirit is conditioned by Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the harsher Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond times his mother Selam has always known he is Ask the Past the strongest His character develops significantly Anatomy of Violence the novel and he gains self knowledge as he witnesses and judges La grande casa the behaviour of others but he retains some naivity Achieving Work-Life Balance to Fearless Warriors the end One of 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity the most disturbing moments of The Tea House on Mulberry Street the story is when Solomon a resistance fighter whom Dawit is following orders from hints Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences that The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain the group Blood Heir (Blood Heir, they belong The Tenth Parallel to also uses The Poincaré Conjecture torture Just as Dawit s personality is still maturing Icarus at the Edge of Time the book ends before What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing the story it is Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss tellingThere are interludes in Selam s consciousness as well as Selassie s Selam s interjections have a mystical uality mapping a poetic imaginary Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, that counterpoints Certain Magical Acts the increasingly unbearable hallucinatory horror of reality holding out The Descent of Alette the hope of escape or an end Hedged to The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever the nightmare I would have loved background imaginary rooted in The Year the Gypsies Came this land I will have The Kingdom to read books from The Road to Lichfield to a relatively privileged class but most of Tales of Ancient Egypt the peripheral characters do not I was slightly confused Tales of Ancient Egypt that one of The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, the housekeepers Sofia is so poor she sent her children out Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe to work in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century 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resistance fighter Angelita La Escapia gives a life changingly brilliant lecture on Marx The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, that I may have The Cold War to copy out and blog by itself This new reading is causing me The Soul of Leadership to get and food for The Night Listener thought out of Melaku s seemingly Under Currents throwaway comment

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Beneath the Lion's Gaze

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 loved the characters and the setting was highly compelling But I needed plot I really really needed of 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

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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 1974 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 a. This novel is set in Ethiopia s capital city Addis Ababa in the late 1970 s It s the last days of Christian Emperor Haile Selassie who successfully led the fight against Mussolini s soldiers spears vs tanks Ethiopia today is still two thirds Christian Coptic and one third Moslem But now a military takeover has occurred and the communists are in power a group known as the Derg Cuba East Germany USSR and North Korea become their allies sending financial and military aid At first the military leaders put the emperor under house arrest and force him to sigh their decrees later they kill him 1974 People watch TV to see if their name is mentioned as one of those reuired to come in for uestioning Usually that means you will never be seen again This period became known as the Ethiopian Red Terror Perhaps as many as 750000 people were killed just in the years 1975 77 As backdrop to all the political goings on there is famine with vultures used for symbolism in the book profiteering from food aid corruption Before I get into the story I must say this the portrayal of violence graphic torture and sheer terror means you need a strong stomach to read this book I can only think of one other book I have read that is so graphic Yalo by Elias Khoury set in the civil war turmoil of Beirut In this environment no one is spared children old men and women and girls are tortured and killed The government charges a bullet fee for families to collect bodies of dead prisoners The story follows a fairly well off family They have cars and maids The father is a doctor and his wife is dying in a hospital as the book begins They have an older son and his wife who live with them as well as younger son The brothers are at opposite ends of the political spectrum The older one spends much of him time praying the younger practices his warrior dance in front of a mirror The college age younger son is causing panic in the family with his involvement in anti government activity At first this is surreptitiously handing out leaflets and newspapers By the end of the book he is a full fledged armed guerrilla As a doctor the father is well placed Many of the government ministers are his friends and he hears names announced on TV of people he knows He doesn t have to wait to hear his own name One day a young woman is brought in to the hospital under military guard She has been so brutally tortured that she is in a coma and near death While she makes some recovery at first he realizes that they want her back to torture her again He poisons her and he is in turn arrested and tortured to find out why he did this In another tragic scene a beautiful well dressed young woman arrives at the prison overnight case in hand knocking on doors to try to get in because she has been called in for uestioning The crowd milling about screams at her get out run don t go in but a door opens arms reach out to pull her in and she is never seen again The younger son eventually recruits his sister in law in the anti military effort They go out at night to collect mutilated bodies that the military have dumped in public places as a warning to others There is not a lot of plot the story follows the lives of this family and a few other people such as a street vendor and a childhood friend of the young son who joins the other side and becomes an army officer The military force the family to take in an informer who lives in their compound The daughter in law pays beggars to spread broken glass on the path around the church so that she can crawl on her knees to help her daughter get better from an illness One of the beggars joins her The book is translated from the Ethiopian One of the sections leads off with an old Ethiopian war song that says it allMother of the strong boy tighten the belt around your waistYour son is for the vultures onlyNot for burial by your relatives Image of Emperor Haile Selassie from animalia lifeclubPhotos of Derg leaders and the author from Wikipedia


10 thoughts on “Beneath the Lion's Gaze

  1. says:

    This novel is set in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa in the late 1970’s It’s the last days of Christian Emperor Haile Selassie who successfully led the fight against Mussolini’s soldiers spears vs tanks Ethiopia today is still two thirds Christian Coptic and one third Moslem But now a military takeover has occurred and the communists are in power a group known as the Derg Cuba East Germany USSR and North Korea become

  2. says:

    Let’s be real here – a lot of what we Westerners know of Ethiopia is based on those late night aid commerci

  3. says:

    Ethiopia 1974 The country is on the cusp of a revolution that will overthrow the monarchy and see the Derg take power a communist mi

  4. says:

    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 dist

  5. says:

    I had this book for a really long time but never got round to reading it Now that I'm done I'm kinda wondering why it took me so long The book

  6. says:

    Ethiopian Emperor Selassie's rule with all its flaws injustices and decadence was smashed into pieces by a fanatical new regime in the 1970s providing the setting for Maaza Mengiste's debut At the center of the story is a surgeon Hailu and his

  7. says:

    I loved the characters and the setting was highly compelling But I needed plot I really really needed of 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

  8. says:

    First the cover is not doing this book any favors I assumed it was a memoir probably of a child soldier or somethingEven once I realized this was a novel I didn’t have high expectations for it I was expecting another earne

  9. says:

    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 bes

  10. says:

    Beneath the Lion's Gaze threw me right into a country and an historic era I knew little or almost nothing about but Maaza Mengiste introduces gives a history lesson in an unotrusive way using the family and neighborhood she portrays for showing the influence of politics on simple people who get involved in different ways giving voice to various ideologies from the fiery Dawit who firmly believes in change and an egali

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