A child's view (of Civil War)

Words Without Borders gives a very positive review to a debut novel written from the point of view of a young Lebanese girl during the Civil War, by the Lebanese-British author Nathalie ABi-Ezzi. As the reviewer points out, "to construct a compelling narrative with only a linguistically-limited and innocent voice as a conduit is a daunting challenge, one which few novelists have taken up and still fewer pulled off successfully." The best example I can think of is Henry James' brilliant What Maisie Knew, the story of her parents' divorce--and subsequent affairs and marriages--from the confused point of view of young Maisie.

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.