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The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
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Feb 23, 14

bookshelves: own, lebanese-literature, fiction
Read from April 18 to 25, 2010 — I own a copy

The Hakawati is mainly a story about telling stories, what seems a quite extraordinary approach. Basic tale about a Lebanese returning to home to see his dying father is interrupted with family recollections, which are also an interesting background to show us a lot of important – I guess – points of history of Lebanon (from being a part of Ottoman Empire through independence to civil war). Moreover, the story is enriched with analogs of One Thousand and One Nights and folk tales, what as a whole looks and is very intriguing. I must admit that it was a great pleasure to take part in life of al-Kharrats, Fatima’s sons or Baybars, even though – from purely my personal point of view – I preferred the "real" part. Probably it isn’t a book, which is going to change your life, maybe some fragments of it. Nevertheless it is surely worth reading and I can recommend it without a doubt.

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Quotes Krzysztof Liked

Rabih Alameddine
“Me? I was lost for long time. I didn’t make any friends for few years. You can say I made friends with two trees, two big trees in the middle of the school […]. I spent all my free time up in those trees. Everyone called me Tree Boy for the longest time. […]. I preferred trees to people. After that I preferred pigeons, but it was trees first.”
Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati

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