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An explosive novel which pits fathers against daughters and duty against desire.

Straight talking and fiery, Mimoun's daughter is everything he wishes she weren't. When he leaves Morocco for Catalonia, he wants to improve his own life without allowing Western culture to affect his wife or children at all. He expects them to stay in Morocco, while he enjoys the sophisticatio
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Serpent's Tail (first published 2008)
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Samir Rawas Sarayji
Sep 06, 2015 Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it did not like it
All tell and no show, including reported speech. Nothing special in the writing, stylistically weak. Keeps building up the tension by constantly mentioning something greater about to happen. Plot strongly suggests it is derived autobiographically, but this is speculation on my part.

Read only 150 pages of about 300, and then the last 10 pages. The only reason I read that much of it was curiosity about the Berber culture of Morocco, which is exactly what I though it si, so then I became quickly bo
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Arwen
Feb 13, 2009 Arwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No puc deixar de pensar que si aquest llibre fos escrit en forma de novel.la per una persona d'altre raça. sería condemnat de racista.
Pero tal com es, tinc un enorme respecte i admiració per a aquesta noia que havía de lluitar tant per lliurar-se de un pare violent, hipocrita i que inspira a vegades fastic i a vegades llastima. El final del llibre mostra la seva desesperació (em va horroritzar peró es veu que ella no veia cap altre sortida).
Felicitats i endevant!
Jessica
Aug 27, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
This book is brilliant, but not as compelling as I thought it might be when it started. The reason for this might be the structure – it's divided into two parts, each with around three dozen extremely short chapters, each of which tells a story that is, for the most part, self-contained. So, it's great for burning through a few chapters while on the bus or train to somewhere, but it's also too easy to get distracted from if you're trying to actually read a solid chunk.

As for the plot, the blurb
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Alaa Ashraf
Jul 19, 2016 Alaa Ashraf rated it it was ok
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Felix Purat
Aug 21, 2014 Felix Purat rated it liked it
A curious side read, The Last Patriarch turned out to be a better-than-most work of highly subjective story-of-my-life fiction that many European writers in the last two decades have been producing, but are rarely worth the time unless your name is Karl Ove Knausgård. In a way, I would be surprised if the Dalkey Archive Press hasn't republished it since this edition came out, it is the type of book that they dig. The Last Patriarch is unique in that it is written by Moroccan born Najat El Hachmi ...more
Carmina Barreiro
No me termina de convencer.... parece un desahogo, o ejercicio de exorcismo. Aunque tiene cosas originales en la narración, pero que se introducen en el libro y se abandonan, sin mucha justificación
Annemarie
De laatste patriarch – Najat El Hachmi

De laatste patriarch is een boek over een familiegeschiedenis die zich deels afspeelt in Marokko en deels in Spanje. Het verhaal wordt verteld door de ogen van de dochter van de laatste patriarch. Zij vertelt over het leven voor haar bestaan, over dat ze geboren werd (dit alles uiteraard vanuit verhalen die ze gehoord heeft van familie wat ze ook duidelijk zo omschrijft) tot aan het moment dat ze volwassen is en zich loskoppelt van haar vader die de dominant
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Cheryl McNeil
Jun 14, 2012 Cheryl McNeil rated it really liked it
This book was actually published in 2008, when it won a most prestigious Catalan literary prize, but it’s just recently made it to U.S. shores. And we are lucky readers, those of us who pick up this gem. A gem that is caked with mud, perhaps. I say that because there are places in this flowing, easy to read, conversational. even funny book where I felt sullied. Not in an unwelcome way, and I did not resent it. But in the way that truths about human nature, and the shock of bitter ironies we crea ...more
Bianca Klein Haneveld
The raw honesty could merrit 4 stars, but as a work of fiction it sometimes lacks consistent style. And I was misinformed by the text on the cover... in my opinion this book is not so much about a Moroccan family as it is about neglect and terrible child abuse (regardless of the child's background). So I was disappointed in my wish to read something about (normal) Moroccan ways of life.
David
Dec 23, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: spanish-lit
This was a tough but enlightening book to read. I first heard about it via Writers and Company on CBC. Although the author said only parts were based on her life, the story centers on a woman who was raised by a very difficult Moroccan father who immigrates to Spain. She details his background (mostly from what her mother tells her) and how her views clash with his. The book gets gritty and it took awhile to read as I pondered what happens. I won't spoil the ending but will say it is good from b ...more
Marc
Aug 29, 2010 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un llibre excel·lent. L'autora té una tècnica narrativa extraordinària, que mescla l'oralitat i l'estil indirecte lliure d'una manera portentosa. El toc d'humor i d'innocència fan que la història - violenta i terrible- sigui absorvent i no es pugui deixar de llegir. En la línia de les nostres millors narradores, és un dels llibres més arrelats en la tradició literària catalana que he llegit darrerament. Català i Rodoreda, sobretot, bateguen al darrere de la ploma d'una autora que es revel·la, ja ...more
Awatef Ahmittach
Feb 15, 2014 Awatef Ahmittach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me'l vaig llegir ja fa uns anys però encara me'n recordo de l'estil de narració, de la força dels esdeveniments, de la rebel·lió consentida de la protagonista y de tot el que em va arribar a transmetre el llibre. Des de llavors Najat El Hachmi es va convertir en una de les meves autores preferides pel seu estil únic i inconfundible i també per haver creat una obra que traspassa els límits d'una vida marcada per les lleis socials i/o patriarcals. Aconsegueix atreure el lector des de les primeres ...more
Brent
Jan 08, 2015 Brent rated it really liked it
A compelling read!
Darshan Elena
Jun 12, 2010 Darshan Elena rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Til the last page. Amazing finish. This sort of novel, which exposes violence and finds such cutting revenge for it, needs to shared. I have a list of friends for whom The Last Patriarch is destined. Still, a part of me bristled at the novel's themes, which speak to western expectations as much as some Muslim women's experiences.
Carolina
Apr 27, 2014 Carolina rated it it was amazing
Con un final que te eriza la piel y te sorprende. El último patriarca cuenta la historia de la familia Driouch, una historia de maltrato y dolor. Pero que la narradora logra relatar con gran facilidad y matices de humor, a pesar de la crudeza en los detalles. Fue un libro que compré sin ninguna recomendación y que me deja una buena experiencia.
Montse
Dec 27, 2008 Montse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potser m'enganyo, potser exagero, però a dia d'avui crec que aquesta noia ha trobat el sentit de l'humor que li falta a la Rodoreda -que tant admirem.
Continua, Najat...
Muskis
Oct 01, 2010 Muskis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a best bokk but it's a little bit piggy because she explains the sex of her parents and a lot of thing a little bit tabu. But it's an interesting book.
Cotebook
Apr 05, 2016 Cotebook rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
He de dir que em va costar acostumar-me a l'estil de narració de Najat. Hi ha capítols que són pesats i vaig pensar en abandonar. Esperava més.
Alba
Oct 01, 2010 Alba is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am still reading this book and I thing thats great for the moment! The carachter of Mimoun it's very courious and special... I enjoying it!
Kiko Fábregas
Nota: 5

Historia de las desgracias de una niña nacida en una familia marroquí, en la que el padre maltrata a ella y a su madre.
Haifa
Sep 10, 2012 Haifa rated it liked it
A powerful, angry, carnal, gruesome and shocking condemnation of patriarchy.
Eva
Buf! M'ha agradat però és durillo pensar que passa ....
Ruth
Sep 26, 2010 Ruth rated it did not like it
Odd. Mix of physical/emotional abuse + quirky humour.
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At the age of 8, Najat El Hachmi immigrated with her family to Catalonia, Spain. She studied Arab literature at the University of Barcelona. She began writing when she was twelve years old and has continued ever since, first as entertainment, and later as a means to express concerns or to reflect and re-create her own reality, in the (at least) two cultures to which she belongs.
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