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Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
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Aug 13, 2011

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bookshelves: africa, egypt, sudan, literature, fiction

A lukewarm like. 3.0, not 3.1. A number of themes at work - political history of Sudan and Egypt, as reflected in the storyline of the patriarch; culture-peeking (man with two wives, patriarch as absolute ruler, clash of traditional vs modern Africa); family dynamics with their usual soap opera type baggage; early dawning of the emergence of women's rights. So many threads, but none really strongly developed. The writing is serviceable but not notable - "meets expectations" I guess. Too much on the side of chick-lit instead of world-lit. An easy read though.

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Reading Progress

August 13, 2011 – Shelved
April 22, 2012 – Started Reading
April 22, 2012 –
page 80
25.0%
April 24, 2012 –
page 151
47.19%
April 24, 2012 –
page 221
69.06%
April 25, 2012 – Finished Reading

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