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A Tunisian Tale

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  6 reviews
After ne'er-do-wells spread rumors about a widowed mother's weak moral character among the people of a slum on the outskirts of Tunis that festers with migrants who have come to the metropolis from the heartland in search of a better life, her twenty-year-old son takes matters into his own hands and commits an unspeakable crime. An imaginative and disturbing novel told ...more
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by American University in Cairo Press (first published December 1st 2007)
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Mark Staniforth
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
While cul-de-sac book groups prepare to ease themselves into the sun-lounger world of Richard & Judy's latest Summer Reads, Egypt still teeters and Syria descends deeper into an all together deeper kind of hell.
This is not intended to send thousands of happy-reading housewives hurtling off on an Arab-inspired guilt trip, rather as a straight-forward fact that for the majority, fiction represents a chance of escapism which will extricate them still further from the news desk reality of blood
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"Set on the eve of the Iraq War, A Tunisian Tale reveals a westernized elite that coexists with those in rural villages and urban slums whose inherited systems often stunt lives, ultimately breeding violence." - Michele Levy, North Carolina A&T University

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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would have liked to have rated it higher, but it's a bit too minimalist for me (and I like my novels with a lot more dialogue!)
This book has tinges of Comus' The Stranger, Dostoevsky's "The Underground Man," and various other modern novels, stories, but it doesn't feel cliched. It is also unique in its blend of fairy-tale and the switching back and forth between the narrations of the mother and son. I was forced to read it slowly, which I am glad about, since I could appreciate some of the
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel that I must return to in the future.
Sameh Katfaoui
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#حكاية_تونسية، حكاية جمعت بين أمّ و ابنها ترك لهما الكتاب اللجام ليرويا قصتهما كلّ على طريقته و على حده.
الأم و تدعى "نجمة" بدأت سرد قصتها من البداية أي قبل مولدها وصولا لنقطة النهاية، أما الابن و يدعى علاء الدين بدأ من حيث انتهت به رحلة حياته و أما سرّهما فلا يبوحان به إلا في آخر الرواية.
كلاهما يعد القارئ بقول الحقيقة و عدم التحريف فالأم تأتينا من عالم الأموات و الأموات لا يكذبون أما الابن فأيامه معدودة و هو أقرب لعالم الأموات من الأحياء إذا ليس لديهما ما يخسرانه !!!
#حكاية_تونسية أحداثها أقرب
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Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Arab immitation of Camus' The Stranger with typical Arab obsession with female sexuality as it relates to honor thrown in.
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