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Homeless Rats

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
?Under the intolerable mid-day sun a troupe of Bedouins set up camp on land previously ruled by desert creatures: long-legged rats, who bury themselves in tunnels to escape the heat, snakes who lurk in the shade, wise old tortoises, wolves, and armies of ants. As the humans begin to search for food, a battle for survival begins. While the humans and animals fight, the Bedo ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Quartet Books (UK) (first published June 13th 2011)
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Anfenwick
Mar 07, 2014 Anfenwick rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Where this book really shines is as the depiction of a micro-society, the forty of so people of Mizda. My copy says the author is from a village of the same name, though I don't whether he intends an accurate depiction of his homeplace and its people.

The villagers of Mizda, already struggling after a period of drought, come to Jandouba in the hope of harvesting the barley fields in exchange for some of the crop. Arriving on the brink of starvation, they discover the jerboas have already harveste
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Masoud
Dec 17, 2015 Masoud rated it it was amazing
رواية رائعة. تحكي عن النجع وكيف كان الناس يسافرون من اجل رزقهم في سنوات القحط والجفاف. وايضاً تحكي معاناة الكائنات الاخرى التي تعيش في بيئة البادية ومايتكبدونه من خسائر من جراء ما يقترفه بنى البشر تتجاهاهم.
اعجبتني النهايه جداً لما فيها من حكمة وانه جشع الانسان في الاخير راح يوصله لانه يتحصل على ولا شيء مما انفق وقته وجهده في الحصول عليه. حوارات جميله بين الحيوانات وقصص النجع التي ممكن ان نسمع بيها في حياتنا العادية...
احببت جداً شخصية الفقيه برهان .
وايضاً، اعجبني وجود ال جبريل القادميين من الشرق
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Liselott
Oct 06, 2015 Liselott rated it really liked it
Homeless Rats by Ahmed Fagih


Beautiful and powerful story about a group of Bedouins that is forced to leave Mizda, an oasis village in northern Libya. To avoid starvation the Sheikh leads his people to a place he had visited before, a fertile valley with big fields of barley.
After three long years of drought they could hardly believe their eyes seeing the big immense golden fields. But when the group got closer to the plants they found out to their horror that there was not one ear of barley left
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The Book
Jul 18, 2015 The Book rated it liked it
Shelves: africa, libya
Enjoyed the narrative framework of this little novel, although felt a little underwhelmed by the ending. However it was an interesting look at tribal life and customs in Libya, and the themes of ownership, abundance and harmony between social groups were very thought-provoking.
June Seghni
May 24, 2012 June Seghni marked it as gave-up-on
I won't rate this book as it'd be unfair to the writer. You know how sometimes you are really in the mood for,say,steak, and it's absolutely gorgeous..just hits the spot...but then another day you can be served the same meal and be thinking,'hmm, should've ordered the fish' because you just aren't in the mood...the steak is the same, but you aren't.. To cut a long story short I recently read another novel about life in the desert and it wowed me because I was in the right frame of mind....with t ...more
Gisela
Oct 17, 2011 Gisela rated it really liked it
I love books with animals in them. SpeciaIly with no cruelty to animals. I really liked this book. There are chapters narrated by a rat or an ant. But don't be put off, it is very well done and it is done to give you a different view of the humans that are the main narrators of this tale. The book is very well narrated in the sense that you feel for humans and animals alike.You can feel many of the human emotions depicted in this novel and when disaster comes, everyone -humans, rats, snakes, wol ...more
Boof
Jun 07, 2011 Boof rated it it was amazing
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