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The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
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Jul 19, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

This is a long book about several generations of a Lebanese family of Hakawatis (story-tellers) that features probably a dozen different narrators and narratives, all inter-twined. It took me a couple months to finally finish it, and considering my slow pace it was a pretty impressive feat by Alameddine that I never got confused about which story was which and what was going on in any of them. The one criticism I had was that the over-arching frame story (the one set more or less in the present) was the least interesting of them all. But even the least interesting of these stories was enough to hold me and keep me coming back for more, while the best of them were rather magical.

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