Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Review: Sandy Tolan’s ‘Children of the Stone’

Electronic Intifada, 14th August 2015

To be completely honest, I was expecting this book to be pretty bad. And I have to admit that my preconceptions were comprehensively challenged.
As a life story of Ramzi Aburedwan, born in al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, musician, composer and founder of the Kamandjati music schools in Palestine, I feared that this book was going to be an uncritical celebration of teaching music to Palestinian children… Music and other art projects now abound in Palestine, but what sort of “freedom” do they actually offer if they are based on uncritical ideas about “peace” in an environment of inescapable occupation and violence?

The full review is here.

One comment on “Review: Sandy Tolan’s ‘Children of the Stone’

  1. Merriman
    September 10, 2015

    Hi Sarah –

    Don’t know if you’ve seen my review of the same book. I was within an ace of beginning with a sentence almost identical to your opening gambit!

    Regards –


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