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Kisses from a Distance
     

Kisses from a Distance

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by Raff Ellis
 
When they were about halfway to New York, another commotion arose that swept over the ship like a tidal wave. The news concerned Archduke Ferdinand and his wife being assassinated in Serbia, which caused some to speculate that this act was a precursor to war. Toufic had never heard of these people, and it didn't occur to him that such an event would have any

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When they were about halfway to New York, another commotion arose that swept over the ship like a tidal wave. The news concerned Archduke Ferdinand and his wife being assassinated in Serbia, which caused some to speculate that this act was a precursor to war. Toufic had never heard of these people, and it didn't occur to him that such an event would have any repercussions in his homeland.

People were talking about the Austrians, Germans, and Turks being allied against the French, British, and Russians. Rumors crossed from language to language and spread throughout the steerage compartment. This made time pass more quickly, if uneasily, as people tried to make sense of what they were hearing. Rumors begat rumors, and by the time they were mistranslated into the various tongues, they would bear no resemblance to the original story.

Toufic also eavesdropped on passengers as they were reading bulletins aloud as soon as they were posted on the deck's message board. Once he heard someone say there was work in a place called Detroit and that a man named Henry Ford was paying wages of five dollars a day. He wondered who Henry Ford was and how much five dollars was in piasters. When he was told its worth, he calculated that it would take a month to earn that at the stone quarry, which then caused him to wonder where Detroit was. The trip from Queenstown to New York took only five days, and soon the ship dropped anchor in the Narrows of New York Harbor. An announcement was made that the boat had been placed in quarantine for a medical inspection, and they would have to wait until cleared by examiners before they could dock in New York Harbor.

Editorial Reviews

Hani Bathish
As expressed in "Kisses from a Distance," the subject of migration resonates deeply for nearly every American family today, more so than at any time since WWI. The author's visits to Lebanon, his meticulous research and his tenacious quest to trace his roots has resulted in tour de force memoir. The real-life dramas unfolding between these pages make for a very compelling read, turning "Kisses from a Distance" into a veritable page-turner.
Michael Teague
The dynamic of this book is due in large part to the fact that the author had at his disposal the letters his mother received from her family and friends, and not the ones she wrote to them. This not only leaves room for imagination but also makes Ellis’s trips back to Lebanon to conduct research as central a theme as his parents’ initial journey to America, giving the work a very enjoyably personal feel.

This book is to be enjoyed by anyone from immigrant stock.
Hansen Donna
Kisses from a Distance, which represents eight years of research and writing is a book that chronicles three Lebanese families, beginning with the kidnapping of the author's grandmother from a remote Lebanese convent in 1895. The story follows travails of the tragedies of WWI, famine pestilence, and death. Ellis also traces the lives of those who emigrated to “pluck gold off the trees” in America. The book covers 100 years of history,and is both educational and entertainig.
Irene Ramadan
This book is a faithfully recreated memoir that will no doubt endure through time solely because of its documentary value. It is thoroughly an faithfully researched in its historical and sociological aspects and yet it reads like a novel.

L'Orient le Jour (Beirut/Paris)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045617208
Publisher:
Raff Ellis
Publication date:
09/13/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Raff Ellis is a freelance writer whose father emigrated to America from Lebanon in the early part of the Twentieth Century. His mother was descended from a prominent Maronite Christian family and arrived in the United States in 1926. Ellis, a frequent traveler to Lebanon, based his memoir Kisses from a Distance on family documents, oral histories, and folklore tales. He is a former computer industry executive and the author of numerous magazine articles, essays, short stories, and technical papers. He lives with his wife Loretta in Orlando.

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