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Summary The Only Café 100 ´ ❮Read❯ ➮ The Only Café ➲ Author Linden MacIntyre – Scotiabank Giller prize–winner Linden MacIntyre delivers a page turning thought provoking novel about an enigmatic man haunted by a troubled past in his native Lebanon and the Canadian born son who Scotiabank Giller prize–winner LFinds out that he is an Israeli who knew his father in Lebanon in the 's Who is Ari What can he reveal about what happened to Pierre in Lebanon Is Pierre really dead Can Ari even be trusted Soon Cyril's personal investigation is entangled in the larger news story all of it twining into a fabric of lies and deception that stretches from contemporary Toronto back to the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon in September The Only Café is both a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past if left unexamined shadows every moment of the present. Whether or not 'tis in the mind nobler to disclose But disclosure is rarely noble Disclosure is transactional Disclosure is a ruse to create trust The best interrogators were the ones who were capable of manufactured empathy These lines occur half way down a page in a paragraph that is part of a narrative one of our main characters Pierre is thinking in This paragraph made me wonder whether Linden MacIntyre was in fact Lebanese and had lived or lives in Lebanon for it is these lines in this paragraph that encompass the whole of the way Lebanon works For the most part it is exactly as he has written disclosure is transactional This was a brutally honest book about Lebanon the war crimes that occurred during the civil war not the least of which was Sabra and Shatila and the people who perpetrated them The story of Pierre is complex tragic and multidimensional just like everyone who lived through that civil war Our pasts are never black or white good or bad There are so many grey areas so many decisions made under tremendous stress and that is how Pierre is presented in all of his complexity He joins the Kataeb almost by accident and the slaughter of his family is an impetus that aids in his descent into hell He comes to Canada and tries to put it all behind him but it isn't necessarily behind him it is just buried very deeply in him His secrets permeate every page of this book and every character is affected by actions they don't necessarily know happened His first wife 2nd wife his son his employer Each in their own way suffers in some way from his background but it is a sense of pieces missing and disuiet that really linger over the narrative as a whole This is purposefully done because we are only getting Pierre's past in bits and pieces It is as those pieces are revealed that you realize where this disuiet and sense of missing pieces is coming from It is Pierre's disuiet It is his family's disuiet It is the missing pieces and lack of accountability of the war It is the missing pieces and no names named in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people It is the missing accountability; the known war criminals walking free and clear Linden MacIntyre is a multi award winning journalist who knows the civil war in Lebanon intimately and the way he was woven it into the narrative of this story is a master stroke He has made Pierre's fictional life the life of all of the people who fought on various sides of the war and he straddles the line of blame oh so carefully that you would truly think he resides in the collective wilfull amnesia infecting the entire population of Lebanon regarding the civil war Pierre is only one character in the book but he dominates every page whether or not he appears The other characters are just as beautifully constructed but they are simply planets in the orbit of the sun that is Pierre Perhaps the most annoying character is Cyril Pierre's son Perhaps I find him annoying because I want him to fill in the blanks faster than he is When he says he has never heard of HK I practically wanted to slap him silly and ask him HOW HOW HAVE YOU NOT HEARD OF HK Then I remember that Cyril is a fictional character and in reality unless you know the Lebanese civil war well Elie Hobeika HK was one of the many war criminals who escaped justice until he was blown to bits by a car bomb no loss to humanity there This is a book that deserves to be savoured and I did just that I took almost a month to read it for two reasons 1 I am intimately familiar with the past Pierre is hiding and it is just as painful to read it in a fictional account as it is to read it in history 2 This writer deserves time not a rushed readingNo matter how eager you are to know what happens next take your time and read slowly The nuances on the page matter The sense of disuiet the sense of missing pieces matter This is a read and re read and savour

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Scotiabank Giller prize–winner Linden MacIntyre delivers a page turning thought provoking novel about an enigmatic man haunted by a troubled past in his native Lebanon and the Canadian born son who tries to solve the mystery of his father's lifePierre Cormier had secrets Though he married twice became a high flying lawyer and a father he didn't let anyone really know The Only PDF him And he was especially silent about what had happened to him in Lebanon the country he fled during civil war to come to Canada as a refugee When in the midst of a corporate scandal he went missing af. Okay so this wasn't my favourite MacIntyre It happens right With his most recent before The Only Cafe Punishment I raced through it glued to the pages left begging for The Only Cafe Meh I felt sometimes like I was on a hamster wheel going round and round the wheel with the same thing seeming to happen over and over again Whereas normally I'm having a hard time peeling my eyes away from MacIntyre's stories this one I struggled to pick it up I just wasn't compelled to reach for it Unusual yes I just found this one was fairly simplistically written and heavy heavy on dialogue The mystery aspect to it was fairly easy to figure out as well I'm not worried I'm certain he'll come back with another one that will knock my socks off Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending the ARC Appreciated as always

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The Only CaféTer his boat exploded his teenaged son Cyril didn't know how to mourn him But five years later a single bone and a distinctive gold chain are recovered and Pierre is at last declared dead Which changes everythingAt the reading of the will it turns out that instead of a funeral Pierre wanted a roast at a bar no one knew he freuented The Only Café in Toronto's east end He'd even left a guest list that included one mysterious name Ari Cyril now working as an intern for a major national newsroom and assisting on reporting a story on homegrown terrorism tracks down Ari at the bar and. This is a thick read You can't put it down for long because it jumps between timelines and POVs Given the political climate and world events this is so poignant now