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  • Paperback
  • 156 pages
  • Coming to Astoria
  • Omar Kiam
  • English
  • 06 February 2015
  • 9781481225533

10 thoughts on “Coming to Astoria

  1. Shannon Shannon says:

    Coming to Astoria is an auto biography by an Arab immigrant whose family was displaced as the result of the creation of the modern borders of Israel in 1948 The author's family and many like them who had lived peacefully alongside their Jewish neighbors for centuries chose to leave Palestine and in this case move to Jordan due to the violence between the surrounding Arab nations and the new Jewish StatePlease note I am not an expert on the history of the many wars and the culture of terror and exploitation in the Middle East so I am not going to properly set the stage for this story I do not want to be disrespectful to the real human crises in this region by misrepresenting them However I encourage all readers from around the world to look closely at the past 80 years well actually 3000 or so in the Middle East Avoid popular media because each journalist and news outlet has a rooting interest in their writing Read the history books and the documents from the times and learn The conflict in the Middle East as we Westerners like to sanitize and call it is unresolved for very complicated very violent very ugly reasons Kiam's Coming to Astoria is wonderful because it gives us a first person account of what happens to the average family caught in the borders and within Arab cultural traditions We don't often have the chance to listen to the common man's story We hear what the governments do not censor or what Al Jazeera or CNN chose to report We listen to stories of celebrities who have overcome humble beginnings and so on Those stories are all slanted and not representative of the average experience Coming to Astoria is the story of a typical person trying to live within and around these conflictsFor its universality Coming to Astoria is worth the read However as a work of writing it is clearly the result of someone not well practiced in the skill and art of story telling The narrative often rambles Scenes from the author's memory are given great detail and then years are glossed over with no connecting tissue between them There is no unifying theme Kiam occasionally wanders into the realm of political rant and spends pages blasting Arab governments and family customs particularly pertaining to the treatment of women and then returns to a catalog like listing of events from his life Approximately half of the book is spent bitterly detailing the abusiveness of family members with no resolution other than eventually I met and married a nice American girl and raised great kids Overcoming a history of domestic violence is no small accomplishment I would have liked to hear that storyIn summary the story would benefit from a ghost writer or a very strong editor who can connect Kiam's dots and present a complete tale rather than a set of scenes One wants to enjoy the book for its uniue perspective and first person narrative but the writing gets in the way Hopefully this author will continue to work on his craft and retell the story again in polished formThis review first appeared on irevuocom


  2. Joan Joan says:

    Omar son of a Palestinian family was born in Jordan after his family fled there during one of the wars between Palestine and Israel Omar said there never was any trouble between the Palestinians and Israelis until other Arab nations decided that Israel shouldn’t exist This story is based on facets of Omar’s life from his few younger years in Jordan until his father obtained a working visa to enter the United States Two years later he was able to finance his family’s coming over Most of Omar’s life was mundane and usual to teenage boys who grew up in the New York area There were interesting moments when he was attempting to adapt to this new life and for those readers who haven’t grown up in that atmosphere would probably find it interesting But then his struggles to earn money as a teenager adapt to being a US teenager against the culture of his family was so typical of the teenage children of Displaced Persons brought to the US after WWII Off and on throughout the story interesting bits and pieces pop up and he concentrated on his mother’s spoiling of her favorite children and cruel treatment of others including OmarOmar spent the last chapter in retrospection about the unfairness of the Arab culture towards their children from arranged marriages to expecting the children to support them and take care of them This reviewer did not find anything amiss in his choosing to do this but perhaps he didn’t realize that many foreign cultures have the same cultural aspectthat their children must help them survive and take care of them in old ageThis story was well written and many readers will enjoy it I am only giving it three stars because there is nothing so spectacular about the presentation of the adjustment of this young man to American lifestyles other than he was never afraid to find employment and worked hard to accomplish what he set out to do


  3. Stefanie Olsen-jaludi Stefanie Olsen-jaludi says:

    Sweet and honest story of a middle eastern boy adapting to and growing up in America Would recommend for anyone who's curious about what it's like growing up in a typical arab house


  4. Gail Branum Gail Branum says:

    Interesting StoryAlthough this book was a spur of the moment acuisition I don't regret reading it Growing up in a completely different environment it was eye opening to read this gentleman's story A Moslem immigrant in the northeastern part of the US with a large family is very different from everything I know Yet it was told so very matter of fact and with an understanding that the reader could visualize and understand what he's went through to become the American adult he is today Good story and a great one for learning about other cultures and how they assimilate into the melting pot of the US


  5. Tima Tima says:

    This book seemed like a hastily written blog post or high school essay The author himself berates his own book in the epilogueI had purchased this book for a few bucks on Kindle after talking to author a bit on GR He was a very pleasant man with a sense of humorHis book portrays none of that He calls his story an immigrant's tale but it barely passes as such He did come here from Jordan true but so little of the story had to with what it was like to be an immigrant in NY in the 70s It was like a really long description of what the cities looked like There was little about his Arabic roots his Muslim upbringing which he mentions the word Moslem a lot but was non practicing and never really goes into why Everything was really choppy and vague All the chapters were short and just read like summaries of what should have been detailed in them I was disappointed by the book there are stories in there that could be re written and put together to make a enticing and fluid read The way it is now just falls flat


  6. Oma Oma says:

    This is the tale of a boy whose family immigrated to Astoria from Jordan after being displaced from Palestine The author spoke of many incidents from his youth and told of a difficult family relationship There were many antics described which left me wondering why they were not punished For example he wrote of driving a car on the beach in Daytona smoking marijuana and being surrounded by police who ended up arresting the fellow who was driving seems he was a drug dealer but the police let Mr Kiam go after he said he was not a friend of the pusher The police never searched the car and the joint was on the floor by his feet Really? The writing style was a bit sophomoric and could have used a but depth of emotion Over all a fair first effort I received this book as an Early Reviewer I have not been compensated in any way other than being given a copy of this book and my opinion on the book is entirely my own


  7. Babus Ahmed Babus Ahmed says:

    This is a humorous coming to age account of a boy from Palestine whose family was displaced to Jordan and then emigrated to the USA Omar Kiam certainly has a very distinctive voice and I enjoyed reading his journey from boyhood Kiam’s narrative reminded me little of Paul Theroux His honesty and detail made the read compellingWith the ever present influence of his parents Omar and his siblings grow up and go their way Omar’s account of shoe shining and his brush with shoplifting was very funny There is also a theme of melancholy that runs through this book as he doesn’t get the approval he wants from his parents and his sisters are expected to marry as his parents wishI enjoyed the frankness of this book and it told much about Arab culture from Kiam’s perspective as a child growing up in the West for much of his life I recommends reading this book for the light hearted way the author conveys his struggles and the optimism with which he approaches life


  8. Alissa Alissa says:

    This was a delightful easy read It wasn't particularly well written but it has the bones to be a great novel The author talk about his time becoming an American He tells of a time when he stayed with relatives in Ohio and discussed what he learned by saying It was an eye opening experience I would have like to have known the specific eye opening experiences Omar has an interesting story to tell about all his adventures being from a large disconnected immigrant family with emotionally negligent parents


  9. Alison Alison says:

    kindle short story


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Coming to Astoria[Read] ➪ Coming to Astoria Author Omar Kiam – Thomashillier.co.uk The third edition of Coming to Astoria is a collection of essays providing insight into growing up in a new land an abusive home and some of the culture from the Middle East Coming to Astoria takes th The third edition of Coming to Astoria is a collection of essays providing insight into growing up in a new land an abusive home and some of the culture from the Middle East Coming to Coming to Kindle - Astoria takes the reader on a journey of self discovery which is humorous entertaining and educational This is a fascinating human interest story filled with poignant memories about growing up in a working class neighborhood in Astoria New York.


About the Author: Omar Kiam

Born in Jordan but raised in Astoria NY Drifted around for too long after high school before finally settling down.