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  • Paperback
  • 293 pages
  • The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool: A Syrian Journey
  • Marius Kociejowski
  • English
  • 14 May 2017
  • 9780750938075

10 thoughts on “The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool: A Syrian Journey

  1. says:

    The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool is an absorbing if quirky book which starts out as tales about Syria but cannot avoid highlighting two extraordinary individuals, Abed and Sulayman The author is a published poet and a self styled metaphyical journalist with strong sympathies for his subject matter who is just as seduced by Abed and Sulayman as you will be Amidst tales of the two characters there are tales about people and events central to Syria s history and culture You, too, will say, oh, to be back in Damascus.


  2. says:

    For me this book just didn t work it didn t work as a travel book I didn t see Syria within its pages and its words didn t give me that bitter sweet longing for home that most Syrian travel books do So I tried to appreciate it as a spiritual book, but it had serious shortcomings on that level as well for example while it spends a lot of pages talking about Al Khidr it seems the author didn t do much research on the story beyond merely reading it in an English quranic translation and so says I must confess there is much concerning the morality of this sura that continues to baffle me for a man who is narrating a very spiritual and mystic story he seems to have missed the point the story of the Khidr in the quran is an allegory of fate The only time I felt spiritually moved was during his narration of his discussion with father Paulo, other than that it seemed mostly a sad story of Syrian men struggling to feel like they mattered Also I believe the author could have benefited greatly from a really good and ruthless editor.


  3. says:

    Classified as a travel book at least on library shelves the title is a surer guide The author encounters the Holy Fool but it is an encounter with smoke madness eludes engagement Description is underpinned by research and lived experience It s not what I expected The role of the fool in a society I don t understand in the first place gave me no way to enter the book.


  4. says:

    same old orientalist travel narrative same old..


  5. says:

    Something about history and religion in Syria Some stories were interesting while the others I found them boring The overall is fine.


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About the Author: Marius Kociejowski

Marius Kociejowski was born in 1949 in Bishop Mills, Ontario In 1973, he left Canada and later settled in London Mr Kociejowski s father mother were Polish English, respectively His first collection of poetry was Coast, published by Greville Press in 1991 Anvil Press then published Doctor Honoris Causa 1993 and Music s Bride 1999 A Canadian edition of his poems, which collect