45 stars and rounding up because I thought the writing was so owerful and beautiful Very different historical background Turkey and the Armenian deportationsgenocide and a compelling story of one man coming to terms with his history his actions and the one woman he could never forget It s not a bad book It s a opular book De obotliga optimisternas klubb popular fiction and I don t mean that in a bad way and as such it makes an act of history the Armenian Genocide accessible toeople who don t know much or anything about itOn one level the novel functions as a mystery of one man s mind Is what Emmett is remembering real How much of what he is relating is true On another level it doesn t uite work as a love story This is because we only get Emmett s view and at times that is roblematic This ties into the idea of what is real and what isn t But that ties into the uestion of how much do we trust Emmett Which makes it an interesting book if not a I found The Gendarme eual arts interesting and disturbing I knew nothing about the Armenian genocide and although I was glad to be enlightened to those events it was definitely a tough read But this book left such a lasting impression that I m glad I kept enduringEmmett Conn fought in WWI and was injured Through some sort of twist of fate he ends up recovering and moving to the United States and he gets married and has children a normal unremarkable life by many However in his old age as he s becoming ill he is beset by strange dreams where he s remembering a Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion past life At first he can t understand how the cruel gendarme from his dream ushering suffering Armenians out of Turkey could be him But the dreams begin toaint a Code Name: Silence picture that he knows must be true And at the center of these memories lies a beautiful womanI thought this was a creativelot line and although not a Und Schuf Mir Einen Götzen: Lehrjahre Eines Kommunisten page turner it kept my interest as I was shifted back and forth betweenresent and ast With the amnesia we were able to get inside a war criminal s head without the inherent evil and hate This fact leaves the reader with a difficult conundrum what to do with Emmett Do we hate him or can we forgive him By all accounts Emmett led an ordinary life after his accident even a benevolent one considering that he faithfully took care of his ailing wife for so long But after he comes to know of his ast and us too it s hard to look at him in the same way And yet he s still the same Margery Meets the Roses person That dichotomy is what makes him such an intriguing character I wonder that the author is somehow illustrating thatiece of human nature that we all have this art of our ersonalities there ready to be activated or deactivated as with Emmett Are we all of us capable of such heinous crimes No matter what good a The Wapshot Scandal person does in the world could that sameerson be capable of the same level of action on the opposite the evil side of the spectrumAnd then there s Araxie this arrestingly beautiful Armenian woman Emmett somehow comes to believe he must The NIGHT. Erotischer Roman protect her at all costs And his dreams do notut his mind at rest about what s happened to her What should he do with this information now that he s in his 90s What could he hope to do for her now How could he go his whole life long ractically as one erson to find out that he s someone else entirely Someone who Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, probably should have spent his life inrison He is decent enough to know that He hasn t abandoned all the values and morals that govern human decency just because he once had none And yet there are sparks in his character in his sordid ast that make you stop and wonder where in fact he went wrong What along his ath led him to be vicious when he is capable of compassion at least #in Araxie s case Perhaps compassion could only be compelled from him #Araxie s case Perhaps compassion could only be compelled from him the face of a strong and beautiful woman Although if he was to be as he should have been as a gendarme I mean a Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 pretty face should have only made him the cruel It is his love for Araxie that becomes his saving grace It redeems him as a character When normally I would find him repulsive in fact it is hard not to do so I find his determination to save one woman very courageousBy the book s description I was expecting the mainart of the text to be
Somewhat Of A Travelogue For of a travelogue For to find out his true identity and make for Turkey in search of Araxie To spend weeks and months there leaving no stone unturned and then learn of himself and his ast as he went from lace to The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone place But I have to say that I find Mustian s creation much realistic and meaningful What Emmett spent his whole life looking for hisast is both terrible and beautiful It s a Rivers Last Longer perfectuzzle one which he will never be able to untangle One he can only vaguely believe One he will always regret Perhaps that is the reason his dreams make him act crazyI have to say this book took dedication to finish It s none of it easy to read I enjoyed the ace although I found some arts starting to lag Overall I found it a very thoughtful read and I m sure I ll be thinking about it for some time stillwwwmakniksblogspotcom First of all thank you Goodreads First Reads for the opportunity to The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! preview this book With the one hundredth anniversary of the Armenian deportations only a few years away author Mark Mustian has set himself a daunting task to follow his character s footsteps and to serve as a gendarme a guide in the wilderness For the mostart he succeeds admirablyAs Mr Mustian writes in the epilogue Genocide Witchcraft for Tomorrow perhaps represents the ugliest of human deeds the mass killing of often defenseless fellow beingsSaying it didn t happen is a mere recipe for recurrence The focus is on one gendarme a 92 year old Turkish man named Ahmet Kahn on the verge of senility with a non operable brain tumor who must examine memories of events that he hasreviously denied or urposely forgotten Many years ago in World War I he was a gendarme charged with escorting Armenians across the border from Turkey to Syria Many died from the grueling march and the lack of roper food and shelter and medicineWomen in The Wedding Redux particular had a tough time of it they were freuently used as thelaythings of the Turkish men who have grown hard and bored and demand women to do their hysical bidding before killing them One woman captures Ahmet s attention her. What would you do if the love of your life and all your memories were lost only to reappear but with such shocking revelations that you wish you had never remembered Emmett Conn is an old man near the end of his life A World War I veteran he's been affected by memory loss since being injured during the war To those around him he's simply a confused man fading in and out of senility But what they don't know is. Name is Araxie and her eyes are her exotica one nearly turuoise one greenish brown Ahmet falls head over heals for her sheltering her from the excesses of the trek that become for all intensive urposes a true genocide Araxie demands of him Why not just shoot us all now What is it about us you hate so And he must answer impotently I am only a small iece of the Bootie and the Beast puzzle I have a job to do I did not ask for it nor have I uestioned its rationale As in books from theast Sadie Jones Small Wars for example or the famous A Separate Peace Ahmet must eventually realize that his answer is non satisfactory and that his love for Araxie outweighs the senseless slaughterThe novel is divided into two ortions the resent day where Emmett Conn suffers through mental disorientation hospital confinement and the coldness of his grown daughter and the ast where Ahmet Kahn same erson struggles to survive amidst swollen corpses monstrous murders and clannishness duplicity and trickery As the memories swell in intensity the reader must ask How much of his memory is true and how much is a The Art of Mary Beth Edelson product of extreme guilt What happened and what didn t There are no clear answers But as Mr Mustian writes Theoint of the story seemed to be that to think is to forget to filter from the mind the unnecessary I have told myself this repeated it to myself I have called it our gift from God This headstrong heedless survival At the end of the day love does surviveand so do the never relenting memories Mr Mustain states in his epilogue Decades on even centuries on our shared history remains vital The Gendarme FlowerWhy do you ick up a book What makes that book alluring as opposed to the one next to it Everyone has their sucker oints I m a sucker for maps uniue type styles fabrics Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain patterns shoes with no feet in them But never never ever feet with no shoes on them dishes tea kettle The Armenian Deportations of 1915 asresented by the other side a young Turkish man who is a gendarme or aramilitary oliceman guarding a convoy of Armenians headed to Aleppo Syria The story flashes from the None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) past to theresent back and forth After this stint Ahmet Khan the Puta protagonist now in the Turkish army is wounded mistaken by the British for one of theirs taken to a hospital and meets and marries Carol an American nurse taking an Anglicized version of his old name Emmett Conn She brings him to the States where he has a fulfilling career aslumber then builder After a 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 prolonged illness and his caring for her Carol dies Emmett has a brain tumor and only remembers hisast life in flashes He remembers meeting an Armenian girl not much younger than he and falls in love although he does his share of cruel things on the brutal trek Now 92 years of age he searches for his Killer Games past as a young man in Turkey he doesn t remember much before the British hospital How much is true how much are dreams or visions through seizures He searches for Araxie whom the dreams have brought to life again for him This beautifully written novel was depressing but aage turner The ending seemed a little too at And I disliked his daughters Some of the resent day incidents seemed a bit implausible especially his drive to New York I did wonder about a 17 year old as leader of a group of gendarmes I thought that was very young for a osition of responsibility Highly recommended I felt it showed the endurance of love amidst obstacles The Armenian Genocide an old man just beginning to remember a young soldier falling in love and the search for forgiveness 45 starsThis book was haunting and beautifully written this last being all the noticeable and affecting given the utter ugliness and horror that the language is often ortraying Mustian brings to life with searing vividness the sualor disease and everyday violence that made up the caravans tent cities and refugee destinations of the Armenian Genocide He uses the same blunt #Simplicity To Describe Both The Rape Of #to describe both the rape of woman trying to save her child in wartime Turkey and the seemingly unbridgeable gap existing between a daughter and her dying father at the end of the 20th century in America There were many Cocksure passages that I marked off as I read through thinking that I would choose one or two to uote in my review but now having finished the book I find myself unable toick just a couple The Gendarme is a novel about the two very different stories that make up one man s life Emmett Conn Ahmet Khan is a man at the end of his life He s 92 years old a widower and has two daughters neither of whom he is very close to After being diagnosed with a brain tumor he starts to dream about another life during another time in another land that of a young 17 year old gendarme in charge of driving a caravan of Armenians out of Turkey and into SyriaAhmet has very few memories of anything before his early twenties when he was found by the British on a battlefield and taken to a London hospital to be treated This life that comes to him in Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, pieces and fragments is not one that he remembers yet as the story of it begins to unfold he recognizes it as his own and hungers for the completeicture and for the self knowledge that has so long alluded him This other tale is one filled with violence confusion anger guilt and love bordering on obsession Central to it is the young woman Araxie one of Ahmet s Armenian Porto Bello Gold prisoners and their meeting seems fated with both lives irreparably and irrevocably changed as a resultThrough this novel the reader is given a stark look at the Armenian Genocide and Mustian takes an incredible chance byortraying it all through the eyes of one of the erpetrator s This is a heavy responsibility and a careful balance must be achieved but the author is able to ull it off and the book as well as its message are all the stronger because of it With his choice of heroes Mustian leaves the reader conflicted from the beginning for while we are able to relate to and sympathize with elderly Emmett Conn the young Ahmet Khan is a *Rapist And MurdererHis Actions Are * and murdererHis actions are described in a vacuum however and as we are shown the atrocities he witnesses and commits we are also given insight into his own confusion and uestioning over why this is all taking The Three Lives of Sonata James place and what theurpose is. That Emmett has been beset by memories of events he and others have denied or Mein Erster Mörder purposely forgotten In Emmett's dreams he's a gendarme escorting Armenians from Turkey A young woman among them Araxie captivates and enthralls him But then the trek ends the war separates them He is injured Seven decades later as his grasp on the boundaries betweenast and resent begins to break down Emmett sets out on a final jou. ,
He is not an unwilling actor and should by no means be seen as such but the truth is that he is also a young man almost a boy who seems to be swept along by the events surrounding him doing what he s been told to do accepting the reasoning behind it and not uestioning at first whether it s right or wrong As the full of Ahmet s story is revealed to Emmett he is left with the ressing and urgent need to find the woman whom he loved so rofoundly and to beg her forgivenessOne criticism I can t go without mentioning is that I could never uite figure out Emmett s feeling towards and relationship with his wife Carol She remained something of an enigma to me throughout the book and although she s not actively resent in either the main story or the flashbacks I thought she should have nonetheless been fully developed I m also not certain how I feel about the conclusion in the second to last chapter it brought me to tears but I think the story might have been served better and the reader left satisfied if it had been written in a different manner It would be a spoiler if I wrote anything or included my suggestionI m curious to see what the reaction to The Gendarme will be given the olitical tensions and continued sensitivity that surround the Armenian Genocide including even using the word genocide I think the book would make an excellent book club selection and might be further enhanced by being read alongside a non fiction account One that the author mentions is Peter Balakian s Black Dog of Fate An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past and there is also The Burning Tigris The Armenian Genocide and America s Response by the same author both of which are highly rated I myself have not read eitherOverall I would highly recommend this book it is a well written emotionally involving and deeply moving story Mustian seeks to highlight the importance of seeking forgiveness and the necessity of remembering and he succeeds wonderfully The Gendarme is about forgiveness and guilt memory and forgetting acknowledgement and denial love and hate and the strength of the human spirit and the complexity of human beings It reinforces the undeniable truth that we can never be just one thing or one act but that we are defined by a culmination of all aspects of our character and all the actions and decisions that we make throughout our lifeIn one of the last ages a character remarks A few things remain seared so deep as to defy alteration Maybe there are some things that should be assed on that should never be forgotten 283 This is echoed in Mustian s Author s Note where he writes Remembering is living Forgetting as Ahmet Khan learns has its costs We want to know Sometimes that knowledge is ainful or inconvenient or even damning But it is essential It exposes us for what we have been and can be This review is of an advanced copy format of the bookWritten on August 5 2010 I can remember when this book first came out and all the hype about itto me it seemed like an over rated book that had hit gold with feel good reviews My immediate response to reading it was Mehit seems overhypedSkip forward six months and it was announced that this was the choice for the live book club I am a art of I was less than thrilled I WAS SO WRONG IT ISN T EVEN FUNNY This book is so much #THAN WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO #what I thought it was going to be in reading I am TO MAKE JUDGEMENTS RE THE to make judgements re the very uickly What I love most about this book is that I am ambivelent re the main characterpart of me thinks he is disgusting excuse of a human being as he is coming to the end of his life and reflecting on things done in the Bear Boy past andart of me feels empathy for him I know for me that is a good book I read so uickly that one of the things I Black Women in White America periodically miss is being sucked into the story I didn t have the chance to escape that with this book The oneiece of advice I can give the reader of this review is that if you choose to read this book either do it in one sitting or have no other books going at the same time As one who normally has numerous books going at one time this is not a book which you can do this with I so wish this rating system was different but I loved this book and learned so much from it Mainly I was deeply moved by Emmett Conn s story told through his dreams that took Worlds Beyond The Poles place 70 yrs earlier Emmett is now 92 yrs old and ready to die but his dreams return him to a time during WWI when his Turkish Gov commits genocide against millions of Armenians His true love Araxie was a deportee then thelight of these eople is vividly described The extermination of Jews was not the only unbelievebly cruel injustice that occurred Thank you Mark Mustian for a job well done Why after 70 yrs is Emmett remembering things he had forgotten for so long That s a good uestion best answered by any survivor of cruelties so indescribable or the erpetrators of that violence I would want to forget too Emmett s unflinching will to reconnect with his true love is a beautiful story of love and committment and strength As a 2nd generation Diasporan Armenian I typically dread reliving stories about the Armenian Genocide that took lace around 1915 in Western Turkey Growing up I heard enough stories from elderly relatives who survived many of whom lost wives husbands children arents and friends But my sister s avid recommendation of this book Monster der Woche prompted me to try it Mark Mustain uses an ingeniouslot device a brain tumor that spurs recollections from many decades before The Fragen Und Wege Zur Rechtseinheit in Deutschland protagonist would just as soon keep the memories buried until bits andieces start coming together to rovide a compelling reason for him to follow up in the resent day The characters are well drawn and the story moves along uickly The Gendarme in the title reveals enough moral complexity to elicit a measure of empathy from this reader despite his worst actions He is above all a human being with a conscience as we would hope all Ones and Zeroes people are even those whoerpetrate horrors on others After evil has occurred the clock cannot be turned back The most we can hope for is that the erpetrators come to understand the effects of their actions and seek whatever resolution they can if not forgiveness at least acknowledgment. Rney to find Araxie and beg her forgiveness Mark Mustian has written a remarkable novel about the ower of memory and the ability of Kluge people individually and collectively to forget Depicting how love can transcend nationalitiesolitics and religion how racism creates divisions where none truly exist and how the human spirit fights to survive even in the face of hopelessness The Gendarme is a transcendent novel.