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American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
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Mar 18, 12

Read from March 04 to 18, 2012

What a great debut! Akhtar's first published novel is lush and sensuous, and I completely enjoyed watching the events unfold. Some reviewers have criticized the book, giving it only two stars because "none of the characters were likable," but that's so limited and "American," if you ask me. I know that the ending of the movie Garden State was changed because the Americans who got to see an advance screening complained that the end wasn't triumphant enough. Hey, life doesn't always offer happy endings, right?

I thought this book was wholly realistic. We would like to think we are all good people, but even people with the most benevolent intentions mess up sometimes, especially when they are children. What matters is what is that a person reflects on what has happened and commits himself or herself to doing better. Though fictional, I do feel like the story gave me clearer insight into what it must feel like growing up Muslim in a Midwestern city - not always easy, I'd imagine.

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