- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Into The Deep Books (1 June 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990375102
- ISBN-13: 978-0990375104
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
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To Taste the Oil: The Flavor of Life in the Middle East Paperback – Import, 1 Jun 2014
About the Author
Kelly Jadon is a graduate of Spring Arbor University and holds a degree in English with a concentration on poetry. She is a teacher, poet, and writer. Her work has been featured at The Voices Project, the University of Colorado's "Eye Contact" event (audible), Everyday Poets, New Verse News, The Write Place at the Write Time, Divergent Voices and Pavilion Magazine. The author also writes the syndicated column "Hometown Heroes" which publishes nationally online reaching Google News via Digital Journal and locally in newspapers and magazines. Kelly Jadon resides in South Florida with her husband and two grown children. Find her online at KellyJadon.com
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So skillfully done is the writing, that many of the meals that are an important part of every family and extended family celebrations that the reader can almost taste the distinct flavors. Some times the descriptions of the meal preparation seem like they could be used as actual receipts for making the yummy taste bud pleasers.
Reading this book will probably make most readers long for the large extended families that exist in the Middle East. Many of the mothers included in this book had a dozen children. The culture is so different that it almost seems like is from an unreal world.
This book will open the eyes of the Western readers through it's descriptions of important milestones in family life that hasn't changed much since Jesus walked the same areas described in this tome. The events are timeless. Birth, Baptism, learning, courting, weddings with the new bride moving out of her childhood home to the house of her Mother-in-law, Diaspora, endless war, loss, death, funerals, hope, all these events are conveyed in the poetry of this volume. As the author writes, "Music, dance, and poetry are in a sense the soul of the people of the Middle East. Poetry is often read aloud and is cherished, as it speaks to the heart in its native tongue."
It's definitely worth the read. And the reader should take a look at the author's portrait on the book's last page. The image almost seems to levitate. That adds a certain amount of surrealism to the marvelous poems.
To Taste the Oil provides an insight into the often over-looked and little-understood Arab-Christian community. It opens the curtain on a culture through the lens of one family’s milestone events. This enables the reader to appreciate both the exotic and unique beauty while simultaneously seeing the common thread with our own family experiences and tradition. The reader sees we are not so different after all and understands that the differences add texture and value to our human experience.
To Taste the Oil, is a delicious taste of Middle East culture. Add it to your list of must read books.
In the form of poetry this book takes you through its chapters as if you're watching it being performed live on stage
If you`ve never been to Middle-East, You can get a taste of it in this book, laterally ( I tried some of the delicious Recipes).
With all eyes are focused on the Plight of Christians in the Middle East, It wouldn't surprise me if this book develops into a movie or a play
From the moment you open the book you are brought into the language, the culture, the sounds, the beauty that is there.
Kelly's poetry teaches you the language, she writes with pure imagery... Amazing!!!