Magazine article Geographical

A Rage for Order

Magazine article Geographical

A Rage for Order

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A RAGE FOR ORDER

by Robert F Worth; Picador; 20 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

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The Arab spring cannot be reduced to theories and statistics, and journalist Robert Worth knows this. Instead he tells the story through individuals whose lives were turned upside down in Egypt, Libya and Syria. The triumph of A Rage for Order is in the individuals he has chosen. There are the young Syrian women, Noura and Aliaa, who are best friends since childhood but become wrenched apart by civil war because Noura is Sunni Muslim and Aliaa is an Alawite. There is Nasser, the Libyan rebel, who has the difficult job of interrogating his brother's executioner, a former prison guard and Gaddafi loyalist. There's also the bohemian Pierre Soloufi, 'an Arab version of Alan Ginsburg' who opens his apartment overlooking Tahrir Square as a sanctuary and plug-in station for the revolution's youth. As young Egyptians are converting Facebook likes into boots on the ground, Soloufi cooks them lentils. …

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