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Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
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Jan 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: canadian, giller-finalist, i-own-it, historical-fiction, zz2010
Recommended to Lorraine by: Laurie, Juanita
Read from July 18 to 24, 2010

I love Giller nominees for how they expose the reader to other cultures, in this case to Ethiopia and its Muslims. Some thought-provoking proposals about how legalism negates the need for self-discipline, but interpreting rules and moderation requires self-discipline. Also about the role of religion and tradition. I also liked how the story of the main character's past is interspersed throughout the present. For those looking for a romance, there's that too.

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