The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family by Leilah NadirThe Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family by Leilah Nadir

The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family

byLeilah Nadir

Paperback | February 26, 2009

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Born to an Iraqi-Christian father and a British mother, and raised in England and Canada, Leilah Nadir has never set foot in Iraq. Distanced from her Iraqi roots through immigration and now cut off by war, the closest link she has to the nation is her father, who left Baghdad in the 1960s. Through her father's memories, Leilah recounts her family's lost story, from Iraq under British occupation through to the Gulf War. She experiences the thunderous explosions of the present-day conflict through her cousins still living in Baghdad and her friend, award-winning photographer Farah Nosh, who brings back news of Leilah's family, as well as stunning photos of Iraqi civilians and their tragic stories.

Praise for The Orange Trees of Baghdad:

".The Orange Trees of Baghdad is much more than mere condemnation of the so-called coalition of the willing. It's a love song to Nadir's Iraqi relatives. Nadir's strength as a writer lies in her passionate descriptions of the smallestdetail. There's a real immediacy, even an urgency, about The Orange Trees of Baghdad. This is a powerful and important book." -The Vancouver Sun

LEILAH NADIR has written and broadcast political commentaries for the CBC, The Globe and Mail and the Georgia Straight, and a feature article in Brick magazine. She has a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a Joint Honours Bachelor's degree in English and History from McGill University.LEILAH NADI...
Title:The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost FamilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:February 26, 2009Publisher:Key Porter BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554701619

ISBN - 13:9781554701612

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you stop and think I quite enjoyed this book. In reading it I realized that when you look at someone from another culture, you don't always think about whether or not they have family back home in the country that they are from, and how hard it is to keep in contact with them. It made me stop and realize how hard it is to make the decision to leave their home country to get the freedom that they deserve, as they do not want to leave what they know and are familiar with, and they don't want to give up on their country.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very fine read This is an astonishing book, and well worth reading. Despite all the endless news coverage of the war, reading Leilah Nadir's beautifully written memoir made me realise how little any of us actually know about Iraq or its people. She is Iraqi-Canadian, though her father left Baghdad in 1960 never to return, so her connection to the country is slowly disappearing as her aunts and other relatives leave one by one, oppressed by poverty and fear. The book is an attempt to re-connect with this heritage before it's too late, by plumbing the memories of her father and other relatives, who describe in loving detail the relatively prosperous and secular world of the 40s and 50s, and the horrible process by which the country has been dismantled since. Parallel to this is the story of the country today, being ripped apart by a pointless and extremely bloody invasion and occupation. The result is deeply moving, sad and elegiac but with an odd under-current of hope, mostly because the people we meet are so lovely and dignified. A very fine read that will forever alter your view of the country. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2009-03-19