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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Reading Room Review

Just finished a pretty wonderful novel, The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine. It would be a hard one to describe- takes place in Beruit now and in the middle east of the 13th century and in a truly bizarre realm of Almaeddine's imagination.

Good read in the winter snows, as the dessert imagines certainly take you away to somewhere very different. I want to read an entire book about the mother now though- the female characters were intriguing but very iconic. I wanted more about who they were on their own, not who they were within the context of the men in their lives. But still mothers, lovers, seductresses, all were compelling.

It was amazing that the author could borrow and retell so much from history and storytelling tradition and still be so original. Bravo.

I highly recommend it.

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