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To Love, or Not to Love, That is Art, chronicles painter Kaela Elizabeth Cedar’s inspiration, the love in her life, and how one influences the other. As she debates her engagement to an uninspiring man, she is met with one that inspires her, incredibly. In the following confusion she recalls her father’s last breaths, her mother’s hysterical shrieks, and her grandfather’s ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 26th 2012 (first published January 10th 2012)
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Steph
Mar 18, 2012 Steph rated it liked it
Murtaza's debut novel is paradoxical, in that it is equal parts pleasure and frustration.

On an extremely praiseworthy note,the prose is gorgeous; every sentence reads like a poem. Every numbered notation is like a wise little saying tucked inside a fortune cookie,only embedded with much deeper meaning and raw emotion. it is reminiscent of the modern writers of the past. Like reading a Woolf or Joyce or Kerouac,it is best enjoyed slowly and read aloud.

Conversely, the novel is difficult to finis
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This book was so difficult to finish. Murtaza employs this strange style where part of the book is in narrative form (although not the best or clearest of narratives) and part in in this strange numbered list form. These two forms interweave with each other throughout the entire book so that it's hard to follow what little story there is and yet it's not always clear what the lists are listing. It's hard to tell who the characters are interacting with and when and why the act the way they do or ...more
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Ali Murtaza, writer, filmmaker, was born and raised in Pakistan with a family enriched in story tellers. His grandmother lived through three wars that left her with a flair for late night stories. Her stories often began with their abandoned estate in Africa, and a basement laid with bricks of gold.
He came to USA at fourteen, studied at California State University Northridge, as a creative writi
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