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His father Hailu a prominent doctor has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state sanctioned torture to die Beneath the eBook #181 And Dawit Hailu’s youngest son has joined an underground resistance movement a choice that will lead to upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia Beneath the Lion’s Gaze tells a grippin. This book has a tone and the best word I have for it is sombre I felt Mengiste's Ethiopia to be grand dignified ancient steeped in its rich mythopoesis The graceful prose seems to move glacially from idea to idea image to image never becoming fevered or fragmenting as its subjects do The segments from the viewpoint of Haile Selassie seem entirely appropriate in this mood What I'm saying might sound like distance the vertical perspective of a strategy game but the texture here is also intimate full of physicality and feeling If this book hadn't been so agonisingly difficult to read because of the graphic scenes of torture I would be giving it 5 starsEven before things start to go really horribly wrong as the revolution progresses life is pretty grim for expert surgeon Hailu whose wife is severely ill in hospital and whose younger son's involvement with student activism worries him or less constantly As if things needed to get worse the older son Yonas' young daughter suddenly becomes critically ill too The girl's mother Sara distraught shuts out those around her and bargains with an apparently cruel and blood hungry god to save her daughter crawling around the church on broken glass creating a red ring that Mengiste uses as a cheesy filmic scene transition to the image of a cigarette perhaps to suggest the furnace of violence that will enclose the cityThis reminded me why I've never got on with Christianity – I refuse to be forced into an abusive relationship with this sadistic jerk My favourite character in the book Emama Seble a witchwise woman of sorts is indignant when she sees Sara's self inflicted injuries 'what god would want this' I have no prior knowledge of either Ethiopian Orthodox or Coptic beliefs or practices but apart from the obsession with hair shirt style weird self sacrifice the role of religion in people's lives here is written attractively with thoughtful devotion both mutual and personal providing social glue and contemplative sanctuary in a way that reminded me of novels set in Muslim communities Emama Seble's place in the community shows that religion is not used against othersI have described Emama Seble as a witch but Mengiste does not do so She wears black long after the prescribed period of mourning for her husband lives alone and is known or rumoured to have many sexual partners Her healing techniues as far as we see are extremely simple and practical; she uses relaxing aromatherapy and steam massage and a bit of psychology The community fears her and believes so strongly in her power they bring her the corpse of a child to resurrect but they do not attempt to persecute her Hailu's politically active younger son Dawit is perhaps the main narrative centre compellingly written and complex despite his taciturn temperament The young man's uncompromising idealism is written in the toughness of his face; both Hailu and Yonas remember being fired with political fervour in their youths but they have become pragmatic and mellow Whether Dawit's native temperament is different or whether his hard fighting spirit is conditioned by the harsher times his mother Selam has always known he is the 'strongest' His character develops significantly through the novel and he gains self knowledge as he witnesses and judges the behaviour of others but he retains some naivity to the end One of the most disturbing moments of the story is when Solomon a resistance fighter whom Dawit is following orders from hints that the group they belong to also uses torture Just as Dawit's personality is still maturing the book ends before the story it is tellingThere are interludes in Selam's consciousness as well as Selassie's Selam's interjections have a mystical uality mapping a poetic imaginary that counterpoints the increasingly unbearable hallucinatory horror of reality holding out the hope of escape or an end to the nightmare I would have loved background imaginary rooted in this land; I will have to read books from the regionThe central family here belong to a relatively privileged class but most of the peripheral characters do not I was slightly confused that one of the housekeepers Sofia is so poor she sent her children out to work in the street instead of to school I thought this reflected pretty poorly on Hailu family but I guess it would be considered normal and 'safe' if it weren't for the eruption of violence Nonetheless this handling of child solider recruitment seemed uncharacteristically clumsy to me One intriguing and enjoyable character is the kiosk owner Melaku who is a friend and former lover of Emama Seble Occasionally his worldly wisdom is conferred upon Dawit He asks 'didn't Marx enjoy himself' which reminded me of the crucial uestion in The Name of the Rose of whether Christ laughed – perhaps it is eually important I am currently reading Almanac of the Dead in which Native American resistance fighter Angelita La Escapia gives a life changingly brilliant lecture on Marx that I may have to copy out and blog by itself This new reading is causing me to get and food for thought out of Melaku's seemingly throwaway comment

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Beneath the Lion's GazeG story of family of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution Emotionally gripping poetic and indelibly tragic Beneath The Lion’s Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debu. I loved the characters and the setting was highly compelling But I needed plot I really really needed of a plot You've got to have something happen and that has to be shown as it's happening Too many time whenever there was movement in the plot it was shown as FLASHBACK 8 | No

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Beneath the Lion's Gaze characters î eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ô [Reading] ➸ Beneath the Lion's Gaze By Maaza Mengiste – An epic tale of a father and two sons of betrayals and loyalties of a family unraveling in the wake of Ethiopia’s revolution This memorable heartbreaking story opens inAn epic tale of a father and two sons of betrayals and loyalties of a family unraveling in the wake of Ethiopia’s revolution This memorable heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on the eve of a revolution Yonas kneels in his mother’s prayer room pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. Ethiopia 1974 The country is on the cusp of a revolution that will overthrow the monarchy and see the Derg take power a communist military group The successive years saw hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians killed under the regime either from brutal torture and execution or famine from leaders who promised a better Ethiopia for everybodyI love it when authors of historical fiction create a fictional family to contextualise historic events Living the events through the eyes of a fictional family is the way to captivate me and then it usually inspires me to go away and read up on the time period which Mengiste achieved hereBeneath the Lion’s Gaze is focused around Hailu’s family a prominent doctor whose morals see him fall on the wrong side of the Derg while one his sons is fighting in the resistance and the rest of his family are just trying to survive under the new rulesThere are graphic scenes of torture and killing within these pages but it was never gratuitous How could it be when this was real life for Ethiopians during the revolution Mutilated bodies left in the streets as warnings and children used as pawns in political games were the new norm and turning away wouldn’t make it go awayI can’t praise Mengiste’s writing enough the pacing was perfect with shorter chapters to break up the horror and a cacophony of narrative voices ensures a well rounded look at how the Derg’s rule affected all kinds of people It is bleak but there are also heartwarming instances of familial love and friendship that will remind you as Bezi beingabookwyrm says in her review please go check that out too that a country is not defined by the violence it has sufferedI’m so grateful to Bezi for her #ReadEthiopian challenge for introducing me to this book and I can’t wait to read The Shadow King