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All eleven stories illuminate the subtleties of Muslim immigrant experience in Britain: comic culture clash and deep spiritual struggles, from the title story, which tells of the tragic death of the narrator's brother; in another, romance is tentative in a Scottish kebab shop. One of the stories, 'The Museum', won the first Caine Prize for African Writing (2000). edition.
160 pages
Published (first published March 15th 2005)
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13th out of 22 books — 4 voters
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14th out of 20 books — 3 voters


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Teguh Affandi
Jan 31, 2015 Teguh Affandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ini pertama kalinya saya membaca buku Leila Aboulela. Maka ekspektasi saya tidak tersetting sejak awal, hanya saya terpesona dengan cover yang manis dan sebuah tanpa Pemenang CANE PRIZE 2000 membuat saya yakin dan memboyong dari tumpukan obral. Ditambah puji-pujian di halaman pertama, mantablah saya.

Cerpen pertama adalah Lampu Warna-warni yang juga dijadikan judul dalam buku ini. Cerpen ini manis sekali, saya langsung membayangkan cerpen-cerpen di Majalah Femina. Lampu-lampu kota di London dan s
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Uci
Aug 01, 2013 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ciri khas tulisan Leila Aboulela adalah kehalusannya, meski topik yang diangkat termasuk berat, perbenturan budaya. Mungkin sama seperti cara Divakaruni bercerita tentang perbenturan budaya imigran India di Amerika. Cerita-cerita dalam buku ini mengisahkan perjuangan para imigran muslim dari Sudan di Inggris, juga orang-orang Inggris yang mengalami persentuhan dengan Islam dan berhubungan dengan para imigran tersebut.

Pergulatan batin para imigran ini tergambar dengan begitu jelas melalui dialog-
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Mayada Himedan
Mar 11, 2014 Mayada Himedan rated it really liked it
i really feel grateful for my friend jennifer ismat who introduced me to this amazing Sudanese writer .. i loved the book .. all the stories .. and i can guarantee that she did well in reflecting the conflicts inside the Muslim immigrant smoothly ,, i loved the touch of the Sudanese culture that she put in some of the stories .
Suha
May 12, 2014 Suha rated it liked it
No doubt Aboulela is a a good writer, she knows how to put simple feelings into words. Her themes are precise rotating around the experience of exile and immigration. Aboulela's works can be considered as autobiographical. There is much of reality and simplicity depictions in her text, may be as a modern writer she puts the imagination a side and decides to write only what she sees and feels, and personally I think that quiet enough to be a writer.

The originality in the coloured lights come with
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Diah Sukmawati
Mar 08, 2016 Diah Sukmawati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pada awalnya saya merasa buku ini lumayam membosankan karena agak kurang "bersih" terjemahannya. setidaknya sampai cerpen ketiga, penerjemahannya terasa kurang matang. Tetapi semakin saya baca, semakin saya tenggelam dengan kehidupan para imigran Sudan.

Sebenarnya saya agak bosan juga sih dengan cerita cerita orang Islam di Eropa dimana saat ini menjadi semacam cerita mainstream dengan berbagai hashtag proud islam bla bla bla. Tapi buku ini lebih "adem-adem melankolis" daripada yang saya harapka
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Nissa Rachmidwiati
Dapet buku ini dari DERI ARDIA as a birthday present! Di sinopsisnya, buku ini menceritakan tentang imigran Muslim di Inggris; pertentangan budaya dan perjuangan spiritual, dan juga hubungan antara orang dari budaya dan keyakinan yang berbeda. Kata salah satu reviewer (The Sunday Herald), Leila Aboulela menunjukkan ragam kemungkinan dalam menjalani hidup di Dunia Barat dengan latar belakang pengetahuan dan cara berpikir nonbarat yang berbeda. DERIII kamu nulis di ucapannya kamu gak tau aku suka ...more
Hafsa
May 11, 2010 Hafsa rated it liked it
I felt like this was the Sudanese version of "Interpreter of Maladies." A lot of the same issues relating to immigration, displacement, inter-racial relationships, etc. I guess what was different was the emphasis on the role of Islam amidst all of that. The stories were not as well-developed as they could have been. But, I did enjoy "Visitors" and "Tuesday Lunch". Tuesday Lunch was about an 8 year old girl whose mother made sure to tell all of the teachers/staff at her school that she doesn't ...more
Sultanaz514
Oct 30, 2012 Sultanaz514 rated it really liked it
Coloured lights , it is a short stories collection .In the Beginning of the book she wrote about her brother death at the day of his wedding , the cause of his death was the coloured lights. All the stories characters are Muslims, the stories talk about how Muslims live in the west . I really liked the stories , but i mostly liked coloured lights and vistors . I like the way Liela Aboulela write a novels they are very emotional and her way of writing always reflect the Muslim world and Arab ...more
Abi Ghifari
Jan 19, 2014 Abi Ghifari rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-story
Tiga belas cerita pendek karya Leila Aboulela yang terangkum dalam buku berjudul 'Coloured Lights' ini sebagian besar mengisahkan persinggungan sosial, budaya, hingga religi yang dialami oleh imigran Muslim dari Afrika (terutama Sudan, negara asal penulis) selama berada di tanah Britania Raya.

Kisah-kisah yang ditampilkan memang terasa begitu dekat dan sering terjadi sehari-hari sehingga seakan-akan konflik yang ingin ditampilkan tidak begitu terasa sehingga cerita sedikit terkesan hambar dan me
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Moses Kilolo
Picking up this little book, I thought I would enjoy best The Museum, the short story that won the inaugural Caine Prize for African writing. But I liked the ostrich much better. The short stories are precise and unpretending. Recently shortlisted for the commonwealth best book in the UK for her book, Lyrics Alley, Leila is probably becoming one of the few most outstanding writers with an African origin. Too bad most of these are based abroad.
Somaia Elshami
Feb 23, 2015 Somaia Elshami rated it liked it
Shelves: photocopied-copy
Apart from the last two stories, which have a touch of magical realism, this collection of short story focuses on cultural encounters and otherness on a social and ethnic levels. The writer's style is beautifully easy but at times too direct. My favorite titles include, The Museum, Visitors, The Ostrich and Souvenirs.
Emma
Oct 27, 2009 Emma rated it liked it
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This is an interesting book made up of short stories about immigrants and their struggles. It's definitely worth a read as there are several insights, including that of a man falling in love with an immigrant and the problems he then has to face.
Nurlina Maharani
just same as Divakaruni but this one is more pop and more touche. She put details in every story that made us realized int the end of the story, inserted moral of the story through words lead us. i liked Aboulela's way of story telling, smooth, pop and warm. :)
Ola
Oct 05, 2014 Ola rated it it was amazing
A series of stories that although short, speak to Leila's fascinating range of literary ability. Her writing style not only shows talent but pushes the reader's imagination into embodying each character in every story.

I am a fan.
Safiya Florence
Apr 11, 2008 Safiya Florence rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, novel
Very moving stories of young Sudanese people's angst either in Sudan or in the UK. A great insight of immigrants' life and thoughts.
Evi
Sep 10, 2012 Evi added it
This short story collection is my introduction to Leila Aboulela. "The Museum" is a searingly beautiful story about privilege and point of view and my favorite of the lot.
Eve
Sep 10, 2012 Eve rated it really liked it
This short story collection is my introduction to Leila Aboulela. "The Museum" is a searingly beautiful story about privilege and point of view and my favorite of the lot.
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Leila Aboulela grew up in Khartoum, Sudan where she attended the Khartoum American School and Sister School. She graduated from Khartoum University in 1985 with a degree in Economics and was awarded her Masters degree in statistics from the London School of Economics. She lived for many years in Aberdeen where she wrote most of her works while looking after her family; she currently lives and ...more
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