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Halal Pork and Other Stories

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  14 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In Halal Pork and Other Stories, Cihan Kaan projects an avant-garde, post 9/11 world, from the perspective of a young Muslim New Yorker. It's a place where Coney Island meets Mars; where hijabi girls are punk rock dervishes; where identity salesmen count pigeons at insane asylums as a cream cheese conspiracy brews in gitmo; where rich boys pay to be Muslim for a day; where ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by UpSet Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Apr 26, 2012 Ammu rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I have read something that I know would have been recommended to me by a writer I admire and hold in esteem. Luckily, I met with someone who is said author/writer/poet/extraordinary person that gave me a copy of this book, and I am thankful for that.

I will admit that the American education system failed to teach me much about how populations/cultures/countries, etc got abolished by other nations, so it was good to read in one aspect for it made me want to learn more
Mar 03, 2011 Paula rated it liked it
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Halal Pork is an immersion experience, a millenial, "ethno-punk," pre/post 9/11 acid trip (make that mushrooms)identity (what did you say your name was?) mash-up. At times brilliant, at others a bit much (excess can cede to tedium). Since I was mostly "off-the-grid" during the 80s and 90s, many of the urban pop/punk cultural references go right by me. On the other hand, "the horror, the horror" quote from Heart of Darkness winks so obstreperously that even a reading-recluse should have no troubl ...more
Ruth Hablo
Mar 22, 2011 Ruth Hablo rated it it was amazing
Exploring the misinterpretations, discriminations and general state of confusion about an entire people, religion, or even one's own identity has never felt more like a guilty pleasure than it does in Halal Pork... The wicked humour Kaan displays serves as the perfect chaser to the hard truths usually glazed over by other media. Exhibiting a natural mischief that keeps the reader engaged, and a history that keeps them informed, is further proof that this book is a must-read, for open and closed ...more
Bill DeGenaro
Jan 27, 2012 Bill DeGenaro rated it liked it
Often surreal collection of short fiction about the "alien" experience of being Muslim in the post-9/11 U.S. Kaan weaves history and gritty realism with fantasy and the avant-garde. Some stories work better than others. When he's at his best, Kaan is provocative and compelling.
Zohra Star
Mar 31, 2011 Zohra Star rated it it was amazing
I teach this book in my post-9/11 portion of American literature course and my students have loved his work. Smart, unapologetic and hilarious.
Melody Moezzi
Jul 16, 2013 Melody Moezzi rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! I've never read anything like it, and I can't wait for Kaan's next book.
Jun 27, 2011 FATHOM+HATCH rated it it was amazing
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Hilarious | Controversial | Smart satire | Worth buying
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