About Us

Once again, Twitter brought together a community for a new project called The Cube. You can follow up on our news by following us on twitter @TheCubeLB and liking our page on Facebook  TheCubeLB

Purpose of this “online” book club
  1. Each blogger has a specialty and has a different taste in books so we don’t want to oblige anyone read something they don’t like
  2. By end of the month, we can all have an idea of all the different books that are being discussed on this blog, that way we get encouraged to read different kinds of books, and if not, at least we have a clear idea about this wide variety, which enlightens us to use this info in life. You know.. to sound educated and cultured😛
  3. Our blog would be encouraging people to read more, to read the books we’re posting about, in an easy manner. And even if they don’t actually go ahead and read the entire book, you as a reader will get to engage in different debates or simply read small snippets of  books which you might find useful, interesting, entertaining, lame, etc…

Advantages:

  • People who aren’t in Lebanon can participate as well🙂
  • Encouraging each other to read
  • Encouraging you to read

Who will be blogging here?

@BeirutSpring@youmny@marienakhle@yasminehajjar@Abaretruth@eltooks@PascalAssaf@FunkyOzzi, @SurvivalFirst

Disclaimer:

All comments and ideas published on the blog in TheCubeLB.com represent only the opinion and ideas of the author or contributor. TheCubeLB.com should not be held liable.

18 comments

  1. Mabrouk to us all for the initiative, the site and all the great reviews so far. Sorry have fallen behind…. I hope to catch up soonest🙂

  2. Great site, you can never read too many books!
    Good luck, hope this gains momentum😀

  3. I am very happy we took up the initiative. High five !!!

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  5. Lovely idea… do you also meet up at some point?? can anyone send in a review?

  6. rona khawand

    cong. v.g idea & site

  7. Reviews should be in English?? I want to write reviews but about Arabic books and in Arabic🙂

    • Marie

      You are the most welcome to do this Dany. We are planning to have reviews in Arabic about books in Arabic as well!

      • Samar

        >
        Dany you asked about Arabic books. The book below is a great one for teens and tweens. I pasted my review below. Best, S

        فلافل النازحين

        فلافل النازحين
        byسماح إدريس

        Samar’s review
        May 12, 12 · edit

        Read from April 29 to May 10, 2012

        The quote from As-Safir on the back cover lauds the writer for ‘penetrating’ the two taboos of children’s literature: war and sex. This is undoubtedly a strength of this novel, but also a weakness. But before that- the real beauty of this work comes from its playful use of language- a bit startling at first- but no doubt appealing to young readers who finally discover an Arabic language that they can claim as their own, that doesn’t alienate them or condescend to them, but rather welcomes their experiences and the language they use to express themselves as legitimately belonging to the all-mighty “fus-ha” Arabic. As for the content, the tackling of sexuality is modest and tentative, generated (rather humourously) via the first-person-narrative alternation from the male dog to his female “flame”, Mimi. And even then, the issues of sexuality are suggested rather than expounded, and do not seem to shed light on sexual questions that concern teenagers or tweens. The issue of divorce and marital discontent is tackled also somewhat bashfully, as marital discord is seen as tied to tangible matters such as the politics of housework rather than to more painful realities such as the loss of attraction between spouses, or the socio-economic considerations that lead couples to pick out the wrong spouse, to begin with. On a more positive note, the real strength of this book is that it dares address the ultimate taboo in young adults’ literature, that of sectarianism in Lebansese society, as portrayed in the mixed-sect marriage between Adnan and Jocelyn, a marriage that, alas, seems on the verge of breakdown. It is wonderful that the narrator/s are clear about the difficulties the two characters faced in having their marriage accepted by their extended community. It is also refreshing that the impending breakdown of their marriage seems to be a result of issues faced by so many couples, those in same-sect marriages included, rather than issues evolving from the mingling of different sects.

        For children and tweens raised on a steady diet of Harry Potter and derivates, and Hunger Games and its endless incarnations, however, this book might come across as a bit “lame” (to borrow from teenagers’ own dialect), a bit too didactic, and a bit unrealistic about what really drives a teenager to pick up a book and read.

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  8. karim barakat

    فرحت كثيرًا يوم تعرّفتُ هذا الموقع الرائع و أنا كلبنانيّ مقيم في إحدى الدول العربيّة فخور بالجهود التي تبذلونها في سبيل تحفيزنا على القراءة من أجل المعرفة . Would love also to be introduced to some Arabic books and by the way it is such a great idea that helps the new generation to love The Arabic language. Thank you so much.

    • Marie

      Thank you Karim for your comment🙂 It makes us happy as well to read such feedback. Reviews of Arabic books are coming soon. Stay tuned!

  9. hello, loved the blog and wrote a review but I cant find the book I reviewed in the list, help?🙂

  10. Amer Saidi

    I Love The Cube!

  11. Hello, the cube, i never had time to check out wht is the cube, and now that i’ve seen it , i am in love…i love this initiative, i want to contribute, i have more than 1000 books in my house and i keep a journal about every book i read during my life. I’ve already sent a few reviews, and i will be doing it on daily basis now…Reading is very imp and unfortunetaly it’s not popular in lb. It should be promoted more and more.

  12. Finally!! Thank you for this initiative! Every now and then we stumble upon people who want to get together and discuss books and exchange opinions, which is something we quite miss in this dear old country, but for some reason it never happens. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the blog, and I will try my luck with a review of my own soon🙂

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