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American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
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Jan 30, 2012

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Read from October 17 to 19, 2012

While it was hard to put down because the author has such a prosaic and beautiful style, ultimately the story left me a little bereft. I lived in Turkey a few years and while my immediate friends were not devout Muslims I made a point to try and understand the predominant religion of the county. This book's theme is one of sacrifice and obedience which are central themes of Islam at least as I, a preacher's kid, understand it. My favorite character, as "caddish" as he may seem--was Hayat's father who seemed more in touch with his own rejection of the faith than the many devotees of it were given their need to prove how devout they were.

As a "coming of age" tale it was original but I love stories of different faith and custom traditions. A little heavy on the Quaranic quotations for my taste not because I don't agree with them but because they did not move the story forward for me. All in all a solid story, but not as good as what I expected it to be.

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