Walls

Walls

Travels Along the Barricades

Paperback - 2013
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"What does it mean to live against a wall? In this ambitious first person narrative, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world's most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire, concrete, and steel and how the structure of the walls has influenced their lives. Di Cintio shares tea with Saharan refugees on the wrong side of Morocco's desert wall. He meets with illegal Punjabi migrants who have circumvented the fencing around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. He visits fenced-in villages in northeast India, walks Arizona's migrant trails, and travels to Palestinian villages to witness the protests against Israel's security barrier. From Native American reservations on the U.S.-Mexico border and the "Great Wall of Montreal" to Cyprus's divided capital and the Peace Lines of Belfast, Di Cintio seeks to understand what these structures say about those who build them and how they influence the cultures that they pen in. He learns that while every wall fails to accomplish what it was erected to achieve - the walls are never solutions - each wall succeeds at something else. Some walls define Us from Them with Medieval clarity. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. Some walls steal. Others kill. And every wall inspires its own subversion, either by the infiltrators who dare to go over, under, or around them, or by the artists who transform them. "--
Published: Berkeley :, Soft Skull Press,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781593765248
159376524X
Branch Call Number: 306.2 DIC
Characteristics: 287 pages ;,23 cm

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uncommonreader
Mar 20, 2015

It was an interesting idea to write about walls from the Sahara to Montreal and I did learn about walls that I did not know existed. However, the author lacks historical understanding and so, the book became simply a description of the walls themselves.

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librarymonkey123
Nov 26, 2014

One Book one Calgary

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