The Burning Cedars: A Personal Account of a Boy's Life Journey Through The Lebanese Civil War (Volume 1)

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The Burning Cedars provides a poignant and pragmatic account of the Lebanese civil war and ensuing turmoil while candidly unraveling the intricate secrets and at times turbulent relationships of a family whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs extended over three generations. The unpredictable and surprising turns and twists of each chapter continue to resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over. At a time when Lebanon was thrust into the grips of a long and vicious civil war, the author offers an honest, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always heartfelt view of his fascinating country and its people. The Burning Cedars follows the life of a privileged young boy whose grandfather, a prominent village doctor amassed great wealth and power only to have it squandered away by the family or destroyed during the war. The grandmother, a powerful and domineering woman whose intense hatred for the boy's mother ignited the flames of a volatile relationship which could be described as cruel at best. The distant and uncaring brother and the unmarried and loving uncle, who concealed a deep and unforgiving illness, must all work together as a family to survive the atrocities of the war. In the midst of all the chaos, the young boy's own struggles with loneliness, fear and sadness are revealed, while happier days spent in Egypt and America all come together seamlessly in this fascinating and gripping true story.

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"...I have always had difficulty socializing and making friends, and felt awkward   and lonely in school. I dreaded the hour-long noon lunch break, as I had no   friends to play with and...during our lunch hour, I disappeared and hid in the   olive groves across the street from the school. That place was my sanctuary   where I felt comfortable and isolated, as I sat there patiently waiting to hear   the school bell..."   

"...that day, as I lied on the hot asphalt, I suddenly felt someone pick me   up and carry me over his shoulders as he ran towards the house. Once we   made it inside, I slowly turned to him and smiled...but was shocked by   what I saw. He was soaked in blood and looked at me in a way I have   never seen from him before. I then realized that the blood covering   him was my own..."  

"...a tremendous explosion shook the entire house and I saw the attic and its   balcony, the place where I spent many hours role playing and imagining   what life must have been like when my grandfather was alive, lift up   off its foundation and settle back down several feet forward. The dust   was so thick that we could not see one another and only heard coughing   and gasping for air..."   

"The elderly man next to us whispered that the Israeli navy had intercepted   and stopped the ship. Israeli navy men had boarded the ship looking for   Palestinian fighters and ammunition. We may not be allowed to continue   to Egypt, rather diverted to Israel or even back to Beirut. The men searched   the ship for several hours while Israeli war ships encircled our ship..."  

"...the Syrian army was using new and more powerful weapons.   Multi-rocket launchers were positioned only a few yards from our   house and the response came swiftly and violently from Beirut..."

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On the morning of April 13, 1975, the Lebanese civil war got underway and for the next fifteen years, countless broken agreements and cease fires, un-eventful negotiations, foreign "peace keeping" troops, special envoys, US Marines and warships, Israeli Invasions, Arab League accords, International interventions and shifting alliances, all failed to halt the violent massacres, the cruel bloodshed and the total destruction of my country. Its cause was multifaceted yet its effects clear, deliberate and calculated.
 
With over 200,000 civilian fatalities, one million wounded, 350,000 displaced and over one million fleeing the country, Lebanon, nicknamed "Switzerland of the East" along with its capital Beirut, "Paris of the Middle East," lay in ruin, powerfully disintegrated and effectively polarized.
      
Among all the ruin and chaos, a small boy and his family miraculously endured and survived to tell their story.
 
A story of wealth and poverty, of laughter and pain, of holy visions and depression, of sadness and loneliness and of triumph and survival. A family desperately trying to stay alive and stay together against overwhelming odds, hopeless chances and dire circumstances.
      
I was eleven when the war started yet its effects, memories, sounds and smells will remain forever fixed in my mind. For better or worse, these events and their ensuing effects made me the person I am today.
 
This is my story of growing up in Lebanon.

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