After by Francis Chalifour

By Francis Chalifour

Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)

Fifteen-year-old Francis's father has dedicated suicide and not anything stands out as the similar back. Suicide is gruesome, unglamorous, and it's by no means an answer. Its aftermath is dreadful.

At first, Francis feels a negative guilt. may he were a greater son? What if he hadn't left his domestic in Montreal to move on a short vacation in manhattan the weekend it occurred? quickly the guilt turns to anger after which to a disappointment so profound that he thinks he can't endure it.

After is the map of a yr following the suicide of a friend. during months, with the affection of his mom, with counseling, and with the balm of time, Francis takes his first steps towards coming to phrases along with his father's -- and his family's -- tragedy. After is extremely own, however it will resonate with someone who has confronted the lack of a enjoyed one.

This fabulous autobiographical first novel is an acute research of the grieving technique. even though it is steeped in Francis's disappointment, it truly is finally a narrative of desire.

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Once, before my birth, they detained my father three days for some unacknowledged deed; that single feat provided my family with its myth of heroic resistance for years. Once, too, during the war, when Rommel stood near El Alamein, I saw a red-nosed "Tommy," taunted beyond endurance by two Egyptian students, knock one of them down. That, and a few tanks rumbling on the way somewhere, was all I saw of British power in Egypt. Even their large barracks at Kasr El Nil, displaced now by the Nile Hilton, might have blended easily into Cairo's cluttered landscape except for the high-flying Union Jack.

Forging an appropriate role for the critic in such circumstances is the task to which Ihab Hassan dedicates himself. For him, the critic is far more than a conservator and maker of judgments. A critic's duties are as large as the subject he or she comprehends, and from the start Hassan's vision has been broadly extensive. " With the modern soul poised on the eve of Creation, he cautions that ''this is not a time for professors of literature to ignore the judgment of human passions," and in his own work proceeds to investigate not just the state of current literature but the Page viii deepest thoughts and feelings which inform it.

A smiling orderly with mustache waxed straight up, his brass-buckled belt creaking in one hand as with the other he leads a servant girl to the basement, from which her shrieks rise, rise . . my father ordering the driver suddenly to stop on a deserted road, getting out to stretch on his back full length in the dust, eyes riveted blankly to the sky . . This, too, is Egypt, memories quickened by aging desire, a slow land corruptly dreaming. <><><><><><><><><><><><> On Ideology Small nightmares bind us each to each.

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