Called "one of the most sophisticated voices in modern fiction" (The New York Review of Books), Nuruddin Farah is widely recognized as a literary genius. He proves it yet again with Knots, the story of a woman who returns to ...more
Kelly picks up this book at the U library because the author will be a visiting professor there in the fall. It was already on her list, this seems like the time.
From the get go, she is a little put off by the voice. It's third person present, narrating the activity as it happens. She always hates this kind of voice--she used to have a friend who wrote all of her short stories like this. Seeing another author use this voice, now Kelly knows why her friend's stuff was so annoying.
So I decided, 30 pages in, that I was going to speed read. That helped. There is an adequate story underneath the writing and the author depicts some deep relational and emotional situations.
The narration was odd. The main character, Cambara, seemed to be unstable, just a tad. And it was difficult to enjoy her voice at times because of this emotional or mental instability. An odd character.
But I enjoyed getting a picture, ...more
This novel of thirty-two chapters is very well structured, it is easy to follow and ...more
According to this book, Somalia is a lovely place, where you can easily achieve all your goals, get your hotel bill (and that of whatever random teenage boy you make eye contact with and decide to become his savior) for ...more
Nuruddin Farah's native country, Somalia, is shown in all its war-ravaged sadness in his harrowing novel, Knots. Cambara is a young Somalian-born woman who has spent most of her life in Toronto. Through the carelessness of her husband and his mistress, Cambara's son has drowned there and she is devastated by her grief. On a sudden impulse, she decides to go to Mogadiscio (Mogadishu) to properly grieve for her son and to try to wrest her ...more
The author is Somalian, currently living in South Africa.