As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow
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Heart-wrenching Yet Heartwarming: Read an Extract from As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh
Kengerian demi kengerian yang ia temui setiap hari di rumah sakit membuat kondisi mentalnya semakin terpuruk. Belum lagi dengan fakta Salama sebenarnya juga adalah korban dari krisis kemanusiaan yang melihat dengan mata kepalanya sendiri tubuh ibunya termutilasi akibat serangan udara dan ayah serta kakak laki-lakinya dibawa paksa oleh pasukan militer Assad untuk disiksa di penjara.
I don’t know if I am capable of stringing together sentences that would properly convey how I feel about this book, so here are a list of adjectives I wholeheartedly believe apply: Kenean and salama relationship was so beautiful and adorable and heartwarming. So pure so innocent <3 I loved their banter so much. How the smallest touch between them made my heart melt.
I finally catch sight of my home and my chest expands. It’s not the one I once shared with my family; it’s the one Layla gave me after a bomb fell on my own. Without her, I’d be out on the streets. To her friends, Zoulfa Katouh is known as the "lemon witch" - a nod to her obsession with the citrus fruit and the deeper symbolism it carries.
In the book Ghibli is a recurring theme and its influences show beautifully through Zoulfa's writing (romanticizing the small things etc) It makes the book so much stronger in its impact, but also gives it peace in the losses (you'll know what I'm talking about when you read) As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow: Syrian author Zoulfa Katouh on survivor’s guilt and hope | Middle East Eye