Edward Said's Life as an Arab-American
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This paper reviews Edward Said's book, "Out of Place: A Memoir," which is an autobiography of his life as an Arab-American. The paper describes how, within the book, Said takes a stand on a number of troubling issues, as he attempts to discover exactly where he belongs in this world. The paper discusses Said's life and world views and explains why the writer of the paper feels that this novel is important.
From the Paper:"This novel is important because it shows how peoples' judgment of the Arab world has been clouded over the past sixty years. Not only does the media portray things in a manner that makes Arabs look like "the bad guy", but peoples' perception are impacted by the actions of a select few number of Arabs, rather than the majority. Said was a very good writer who obviously had a lot of experience with this particular topic and he makes his arguments based on his own experience. For this reason, he is a valid authority on this entire situation, despite his biasness due to his cultural background. This is an important work for the Arab world in general, as it shows the rest of society that there is always two sides to any situation, despite the way things might be portrayed in the media. There is much more to it than race, money, power, or land and Western society is liable to face as much blame as the Arab world because of how it has tried to take over the area for its own good. Said's work should be commended because it is by someone who has the bravery to stand up for everyone who is involve with the ongoing dispute in the Middle East. The sociological and economic issues that make the Middle East such a volatile region are still present and are not going to disappear anytime soon. Said's work in the region is revolutionary because not only is he tied to the dispute with personal investment, but he is also able to look at everything critically, as to benefit everyone equally. If he could let go of his assumption that everything involves race, this work could become a classic."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Said, Edward W. Out of Place: A Memoir. New York: Knopf. 1999.
Cite this Book Review:
Edward Said's Life as an Arab-American (2010, May 12) Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/edward-said-life-as-an-arab-american-119624/
"Edward Said's Life as an Arab-American" 12 May 2010. Web. 30 January. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/edward-said-life-as-an-arab-american-119624/>