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From Publishers Weekly Born in a town that is now part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian activist Turki ( Soul in Exile ) fled his homeland with his family in 1949 and grew up in a Beirut refugee camp. This arresting memoir tracks his quest for self-discovery to Australia, where he emigrated in his late teens, and to hippie wanderings in Nepal, India and Europe. In the mid-1970s, he moved to the U.S. with the 'nice Jewish girl' whom he married and soon divorced; he chronicles his years of self-destructive drinking, drug-taking and womanizing, and his later, mature emergence as a Palestinian-American leader. Turki recounts his return to his birthplace on the eve of the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. Repelled by what he sees as Palestinian society's repressive patriarchy, Turki denounces the PLO as blatantly corrupt and incompetent. He sharply criticizes the Arab world's authoritarian regimes, terrorism and religious fundamentalism. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Library Journal One of the four million stateless Palestinians driven out by the Israelis, Turki grew up in the tough refugee camps of Beirut, finally marrying an American, which took him to the United States. Now a recovering addict and alcoholic, he returns to his roots after a 40-year exile and finds that he is transformed, belonging to neither culture and to both. There is tension between those who left and those who stayed. While minimizing his own plight with expressions of concern for those who remain in what was formerly Palestine, Turki also finds them culturally backward and entrapped in the misery of their lives. Once a PLO fighter, he now disparages the PLO. Turki writes well, and the book has merit. But less repetition of passages about his world travels and hippie days, taken from his previous book (Soul in Exile, LJ 4/15/88), and more information on the Palestinian aspect of his journey to the frontiers of his soul would have helped. For large collections.Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., GainesvilleCopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews