The Happy Marriage
In The Happy Marriage, the internationally acclaimed Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of one couple—first from the husband’s point of view, then from the wife’s—just as legal reforms are about to ch ...more
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The Happy Marriage ,is his super fresh still wrarm novel, also just translated to English.
This new novel starts with a famous, celebrate painter turned invalid after severe stroke. Unable to move he starts his story of the years long marriage, his love life and artistic life.
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This novel is about the break up of an 'unequal' marriage, between a intellectual, bourgeois Moroccan painter, and his much younger Berber wife of humble origins. The first three quarters of the novel are an account of the events from the husband's point of view. The final part of the novel is told from the ...more
The novel opens in the year 2000 in Casablanca with the artist having su ...more
Then it was like falling off a cliff. The narrator's syntax is SO odd and I got to a point where I couldn't think of anything else - the plot was completely subsumed by the voice. (Anyone else remember that HIMYM episode with the shattering glass effect? Yeah, it was that.) Entire paragraphs would be character lectures that followed the same structure: ...more
"Le mariage de plaisir" is about Amir, a wealthy merchant of Fes, who contracts a "marriage of pleasure" with Nabou, a young Fulani. This is a very well written tale about Marocco, racism, and immigration. I couldn't help but feel shocked when the narrator revealed huge events, in such a ...more
"Marriage is nothing but a declaration of war celebrated with music, good food, perfumes, incense, pretty clothes, promises, songs, and so forth." ...more
This novel is about a Moroccan painter, who after suffering an AVC and being paralyzed, analyzes his life and especially his failed marriage and the reasons to its failure. The two main characters are very well developed. The story of a famous painter being successful professionally and having mult ...more
When a stroke leaves a painter incapacitated, he endeavors to write the history of his marriage to his much-younger wife. She finds the manuscript, written by a friend with literary aspirations, and composes her own response to it. These two parts make up The Happy Marriage, the newest novel from Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun.
The Painter's account makes up roughly three-quarters of The Happy Marriage. He discusses his numerous affairs --- including one with a caregiver, post-stroke --- and a...more
The reason I gave up on the novel after slightly over 100 pages is because the plot from the painter's perspective was very repetitive with his mu ...more
It’s unusual to find a book at once freewheeling, controlled, and startlingly observant. The writing is clear; we were allowed to sympathize with both sides.
Although this is a translated work, it is written in bare, straightforward, almost skeletal prose.
I feel so bad for just discove ...more
In any case, this book really didn't work for me. The first part is great, it focuses on Nabou, ...more
I think Jelloun is a very good writer, expressing clearly his thoughts and using very accessible wording. He has a good potential as a writer as he touches on world popular inequality subjects, this time racism in the Moroccan society, but also discrepancies between men and woman behavior, as accepted by the Coran. For Amir, cheating on his wife is accepted by his religion as long as he is doi ...more
Tahar Ben Jelloun (Arabic: الطاهر بن جلون) is a Moroccan writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic. He became known for his 1985 novel L’Enfant de Sable (The Sand Child). Today he lives in Paris and continues to write. He has been short-listed for the Nobel Prize in Literature.