Jamiu Abiola The Prisoner of Conscience

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The Prisoner of Conscience

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When eighteen-year-old Mary Elias falls in love with Isaac Kashogi, she decides the only way to have a future with him is for them to flee Lebanon together. Her family belongs to the powerful Maronite Christian sect, while Isaac’s is a family of Sunni Muslims. Tensions have been building up between these communities, to the point that Lebanon is on the brink of a civil war.

Tragedy strikes when Mary’s father has his third heart attack and dies upon receiving the news that his daughter has been arrested by Syrian immigration officials at the border the night of her escape with Isaac. Mary’s guilt makes her a prisoner of her own conscience, leading her to abandon Isaac and go with her mother and grandmother to the United States—her father’s wish before his demise.

As Mary builds a new life in America, trying to leave her ghosts behind her, Isaac’s enduring love for Mary is what sustains him through the horrors of the fifteen-year Lebanese Civil War. He intends to do whatever it takes to find Mary and build a life with her. But can he succeed in the face of such tremendous obstacles?

A powerful story of tragedy and romance, The Prisoner of Conscience delivers an important message to the world about reconciliation and tolerance.

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Jamiu Abiola speaks ten languages, having learned Arabic at the age of nine and French at fourteen, and going on to learn Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese, in addition to three African languages and the English he grew up speaking. He studied French, Arabic, and political science at New York University and learned many of the other languages on his own, using the Living Language learning series. He wrote this book in English and Arabic.

In his historical romance novel The Prisoner of Conscience, learning to speak English well is the key to opening up the lead characters’ futures, when the heroine migrates to the United States while the man who loves her enrolls in the English Institute in Lebanon, planning to join her one day. The novel explores several important themes, including the complications for Christian-Muslim couples in the Arab world, the history of the Lebanese Civil War, and the need for reconciliation and religious coexistence.

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Abiola's novel provides a window into Middle Eastern history and offers a plea for religious tolerance and forgiveness. Although the history is fascinating, the love story is familiar: Mary is a classic heroine- an innocent beauty who falls quickly for a bad boy. Their young love withstands the test of time, although Isaac's passion is disturbing in its ferocity and feels vaguely threatening. Abiola's well-executed narrative neatly ties up its loose ends, however, providing a convincing ending. A timely story that remains relevant in today's political climate.

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Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. 328 pages. Mary is eighteen and in love. But she is a Maronite Christian, while Isaac is a Sunni Muslim. Spanning more than fifteen years, from just before the Lebanese Civil War and after its ending, The Prisoner of Conscience tells the romantic tale of these two lovers, torn apart by the death of Marys father who died after having a heart attack when he learnt of her escape from Lebanon- a death that Mary blames on her youthful impudence in attempting to avoid her familys possible objection to a Muslim by running away with Isaac. While Mary begins anew in the United States where she migrated to with her mother and grand mother after abandoning Isaac because of her fathers demise, Isaac struggles through the bitter civil war in Lebanon, sustained by the burning desire of winning her heart again. Will his plan to reunite with her ever be realized This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781499270006

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