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Composing Temple Sunrise

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This is a memoir by musician Hassan El-Tayyab and recounts his trip across the US looking for that elusive muse. He arrives in Berkeley and hooks up with a group creating a metal sculpture called Fishbug. They go to Burning Man in the Nevada dessert and here he writes the musical piece Temple Sunrise. Hassan is a musician singer/songwriter with his group America Nomad. Thi ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Poetic Matrix Press
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SerialReader
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This books has it all: road trip across America, adventure, friendship, art and the Burning Man!
Composing Temple Sunrise is about love, courage and resilience. Inspiring and down-to-earth.
A pleasurable read.


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*This book was kindly sent to me by Poetic Matrix Press in exchange for an honest review*
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Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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“Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer's Block at Burning Man” is written by Hassan El-Tayyab, who is an author and a Musician. The book presents different themes that anyone can identify with, e.g. coming of age, going through an existential cricis, figuring out what truly matters and what one’s heart really wants – not simply what society expects of you. The elements in the memoir are universal
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Melissa
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I have to confess: before I read this book I’d never heard of the author or his band American Nomad, nor did I have a clear picture of what Burning Man actually is. I mean, I’d heard of it, of course, who hasn’t? I just didn’t have correct information.

As it turned out, none of that mattered, and I began reading Hassan El-Tayyab’s memoir with no expectations except that I would ‘meet’ a new person within its pages.

I always feel odd about reviewing memoirs, as if I’m critiquing the author’s actual
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James
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was well written and fun to read. I didn't think this book would be nearly as good as it ended up being. Won courtesy of goodreads giveaways.
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Jessica Higgins
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
– How one man’s writer’s block spurred a life changing journey through unknown terrain!

Hassan El-Tayyab has known his share of challenges. Being born with a cleft pallet left him with several painful surgeries throughout his first twenty years of life. Being an Arab-American in Massachusetts also didn’t help his social status at school, particulary after September 11th. Having his family torn apart by his dad’s drinking when he was young and an abusive romantic relationship that recently ended d
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Lloyd Russell
Composing Temple Sunrise is the memoir of local author, Hassan El-Tayyab. And it's funny how I even found out about it. I learned of Hassan through one of my favorite bloggers, Kathy, of BermudaOnion. She had an interview with Hassan on her blog (since then, I have run across another blogger who also interviewed him). So Kathy must live in the Bay Area, right? Nope. She's in the Midwest. Regardless of the source, I now have connected with Hassan and have read his memoir. Let me give you the subt ...more
Sportochick
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you read a book that shifts your perception of life. This is that book. It made me cry, empathize, reminded me of a time or two when I almost did the same thing the author almost did (sorry can't tell you need to read the book), it brought up aspects of my life that I am struggling in currently, it shattered my heart, gave me hope and opened my eyes to infinite possibilities. But the main thing it did was cause me to think deeply on what do I want my life to look like, what ...more
Margaret Chadwick
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. When I received this book I was unsure whether I would like this book or not as I mostly read fiction and fantasy books. When buying or reading books I normally do not opt for memoirs so this book didn't jump out as something I would be gripped by. However, when I started reading this book I found that the adventures of the writer pulled me in and then I just could not break away from the pages. The author excellently portra ...more
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