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Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz
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Aug 03, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: rubbish-bin
Read from August 03 to 06, 2010

This was another disappointing read in my quest for a sensitive book which informs and entertains me about Islam. An OK read, I persisted through the low level of entertainment and information that was on offer through the time of Abir/Amir/Ali through his good boy years in Pakistan, and into his fine young muslim years in America through high school and uni, in the hope that when his disillusionment grew, some more feelings would be explained or intellectualised. But when I got to his anti-islamic phase, there was again no deep exploration of why the change happened, or how significant or difficult it was to change in this radical way, and turn away from Islam, so I decided not to persist.

Not that the book is really garbage, it is reasonably well written, but somehow very much gives me the impression of a personality who is not particularly contemplative or thoughtful about the hows and whys of behaviour or the meaning of life and love. No insights here, and in the end, when you are writing about your turning away from Islam, for me a description of events and friends without the intellectual life or being much in touch with the whys of feelings just means that you don't really have that much to say. A string of descriptive events is not interesting.
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message 1: by Phil (new)

Phil Here is some options A Fort of Nine Towers, The Kite Runner, Reading Lolita in Tehran...

Jennifer Wow, thanks Phil. I've read The Kite Runner, but the other two sound wonderful. I'll definitely read them.

Jennifer (Loved the Kite Runner, too!)

message 4: by Phil (new)

Phil Jennifer wrote: "(Loved the Kite Runner, too!)"

Fort of Nine Towers is Great and both books give a better flavor for what life is in that area of the world under radical Islamic government at times.

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