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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  37,359 ratings  ·  6,664 reviews
English Translation by William Granara
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published 2003 by Syracuse University Press (first published 1994)
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Mohamed Yehia أوجعتي قلبي يا رضوي بهذه الرواية الحزينة
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عرفت أنه يوجد تاريخ أجتماعي كبير لم يكتب أو يحلل أمام ما يكتب في التاريخ السياسي
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Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel tells the story of an Arab family living in Granada, Spain when this city falls to the Catholic Monarchs, ending the 700 year Muslim rule in that country. This is a deeply moving historical novel that brings the devastation of the Reconquest and Spanish Inquisition to life. Read from today's perspective of the confrontation between Christians and Muslims, the novel leaves you with a sense of the tremendous loss suffered by both Islamic societies and the world in general that came at ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated, me-na-lit
This is my second Ashour and takes its place beside The Woman from Tantoura as one of my favourite books. Once again, the author deals with tantalising and difficult material with poetic and thematic subtlety and affectionate warmth for her characters.

It opens with a woman's ghost, naked and free, walking towards Abu Jaafar. This man we know first by his vision and second through the brief flashback of his young assistant, a refugee taken in and apprenticed by the elderly book-maker. Abu Jaafar
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, andalusia, 2012
I remember those long walks I took, traversing the narrow street of Albaicin. Once in the heat of the midsummer. Once at night after an outdoor flamenco performance in Sacro Monte over looking the Alhambra Palace. Once in a quiet morning the day before the celebration of 2nd January, the Festival of the Reconquest of Granada by the Catholic monarch. I remember listening to my own footsteps on the stoned street, looking at small windows and doors of the ancient looking houses. I was so curious to ...more
ReemK10 (Paper Pills)
I found Radwa Ashour's Granada to be a nice introduction to the rich history of Al Andalus and better suited to a younger audience.

The magical city of Granada has the same name as the Pomegranate.

The pomegranate theme in Granada: https://thesecretgardenatlas.files.wo...
This is a great book about a Muslim family living in Granada at the time right after the Reconquista, when the Christians took back total control of the Iberian peninsula. Jews and Muslims were given the choose to leave or convert. Like many in this situation did, this family choose to stay in the place they had lived for over 800 years. However converting to Christianity was not enough to keep them safe. I have heard this is the first book of a trilogy of which only Granada has been translated ...more
Emma Iadanza
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
I'm so shocked that this book isn't more popular in English. I couldn't even find a copy on amazon and had to request it from another library to be delivered to me! What a shame! This is a fantastic book that deserves to be read more!

I've been seeking out books that are set in Spain, especially during the time when it was controlled by the Moors, for my upcoming trip this summer (to Spain!). This was one of the highest rated ones, and I do agree that it was quite good.

Within the first few pages,
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Everyone should read this book!
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most amazing novels I've ever read! Prof. Radwa Ashour amazingly managed to displace her reader and take him back to Ghernata centuries ago..and her sophisticated, beautiful, refines style of writing and vocabulary, and her lovely accounts of description that make you visualise the scene..sweeping you away..make you see for yourself the amazing culture of the time!
This novel is a full account of investigating culture and counter-culture of the occupier, the survival of identity,
Kholoud Alhinai
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful novel and successful by all standards . It shows the experience of the writer and she deserve all the awards that she got .
Jun 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t trust the message that the writer wants to convey. Both Ashour and Hamdi spread religious fanaticism and extremism. What a pity! Literature was never restrained by a certain religion or country. Literature overcomes all borders and limits to reach all regardless of their belonging.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a piece of art, the way the writer narrates historical events in an amusing way makes this book a page turner...

going into the depth of it's events, you find your heart wrenched with every paper flipped, you feel sad for humanity in general, the savageness of people, the weakness of Arabs, the loss of pure belief that the higher power brings only good deeds, the irony of those speaking in the name of religion to serve their brutality and greed.
You get to know that history is
Rima Ouchen
I expected more from this book
Tim New
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting account of the Spanish Inquisition as it affected Muslims living in 16th Century Spain.
this is one of the few novels i've read that made me want to read more about history
M. Alhammad
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a captivating story
George P.
It's not a lively read, but a very interesting one- talk about books taking you to another time and place, it's definitely got that covered, and well-developed characters also.
If the second book of the trilogy were translated into English I think I would read it. I wish my Spanish were better, as it is available in Spanish translation.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. I did. I really did.

I have always been interested in the culture of Spain, particularly southern Spain and the Arab rule. When I heard that this book was about the Hispanization of southern Spain I was so excited to read it.

The first part of the book "introduces" the main characters in a village that are living in a time of great change. The beginning starts out slow in order to really show the reader what life was like back then. I had no problem with that - it was
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good novel that describes how the lives of the Arabs turned to be after the occupation of the Castalians to Andalucia (currently known as Spain). The book exhibits the different oppression the Arab went through, and how they were prohibited from practicing the Islamic rituals. They were forced to become Christians or die. And in many cases they were forced to leave their villages and places. The story navigates different periods of time through 6 generations; starts with telling a story of a ...more
Amr Heikal
I heard so much about this book that I got so excited when I managed to find it in a book fair. The ideas of the stories are great, and the time period is very interesting as I had no idea about what happened in this era of history.
Jut to summarize I did not enjoy the book simply because after I finished reading it I felt frustrated. So many characters but the follow through on the characters is not there. Also the descriptions of the events are very shallow, the authors passes very quickly and
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the most beautiful Novels I have ever read.

This book captures the misery of three generations of a Muslim Family living in Andalusia, when the Muslim empire fell. The book truly shows the hardships Muslims faced. Their mosques turned into churches, Holy books burnt, Arabic language banned, Hammams closed... They were even forced to abandon their own religion and become Christians.

I recommend everyone to read this novel, and you'll understand the truth about Andalusia that was always
Books By Hala
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommendation: this book started off slow and dull (the Arabic writing style is quite challenging I have to say). It got exciting later on. The book tells the story of a family from Granada through their journey after the ban of Islam in Spain around the 1600s. The escape, torture and exile of the different family members across the generations depict patterns that occur any country struck by war in any time or place (in other words, this is a timeless issue). No matter how much people evolve, ...more
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favouite books which tells the story of a family living in Al Andalus, specifically Granda, the last city that the Muslims lost, in 1492.
It contains true historical facts and talks about the hard life that Muslims of that time went through in each of the fictional characters' lives... A truly touching, sad and thought provoking story that takes you to one of the toughest eras in Islamic history and makes you think of what once was the Golden Age of Islam and how it sadly came to an
Ahlam Alzidjali
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, novels

May 4, 2018, at 6:02 PM on Friday.

Name of the book: Granada.
Name of the writer: Radwa Ashour.
A number of pages: 515.

Radwa Ashour skillfully weaves a history of Granadan rule and an Arabic world into a novel that evokes cultural loss and the disappearance of a vanquished population. The novel follows the family of Abu Jaafar, the bookbinderhis wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprenticesas they witness Christopher Columbus and his entourage in a triumphant parade
Diana Mackiewicz
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful approach to the time period of 1492. Useful information about how a Muslim family in Granada, Spain was forced to convert to Christian ways and beliefs or else. The final chapter was a big surprise and the book is number one in a trilogy. Excellent reading material for high school and underclassmen in college.
Rehab A.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is Amazing ,but not sure if it is a good Idea reading it while I am in Germany , Especially seated beside a Spanish guy :S :S :S

The first time I was in Germany I read "قمر على سمرقند" ,Not sure is it My choice of books that makes me don't like Germany ,or It is Germany that forces me to read those kind of Books !!
Aya G.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
takes us beyond history to that human tragedy ... the idea of burning those books grieves me .. it's a great commence to check that epic life out and grasp all of these minds that one would sacrifice any precious acquired So as not to see his beliefs,history or even his home under ruins ...
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical novel set in Granada after the fall of the Islamic empire in Andalusia to the Spanish. The story was highly readable and enjoyable. I know little about the treatment of Muslims by the Spanish but this story paints an awful picture.
Julia Carlton
4.5 stars.
This is a splendid piece. It doesn't tell you of history, rather, it make you live it. :')
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: test
you can feel the sun and smell the grass of Andalusia in this book though it's full of sufferings, somehow it reminded me of " one hundred years of solitude ".

Sarah Elshafie
Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely novel... but really heartbreaking..
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Radwa Ashour (Arabic: رضوى عاشور) was an Egyptian writer and scholar.
Ashour had published 7 novels, an autobiographical work, 2 collections of short stories and 5 criticism books. Part I of her Granada Trilogy won the Cairo International Book Fair “1994 Book of the Year Award.” The Trilogy won the First Prize of the First Arab Woman Book Fair (Cairo, Nov. 1995). The Granada Trilogy was
“تبدو المصائب كبيرة تقبض الروح ثم يأتي ماهو أعتى و أشد فيصغر ما بدا كبيراً و ينكمش متقلصاً في زاوية من القلب و الحشا” 1581 likes
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