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The Lebs
The Lebs | Michael Mohammed Ahmad
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A confronting, heartbreaking and illuminating new novel from Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist, Michael Mohammed Ahmad. 'Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut up, I have something to say!' They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.' As far as Bani Adam is concerned Punchbowl Boys is the arse end of the earth. Though he's a Leb and they control the school, Bani feels at odds with the other students, who just don't seem to care. He is a romantic in a sea of hypermasculinity. Bani must come to terms with his place in this hostile, hopeless world, while dreaming of so much more.
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ClairesReads
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The Lebs is a very real story of a marginalised community. at its heart, it is a story about identity. In it, Ahmad considers in particular, how we are shaped by our cultural identity, what it means when that culture identity operates in opposition to others, and what happens when the expectations and by extension opportunities of your culture, are at odds with what you want for yourself, or who you feel you are.

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A #ownvoices book set in Oceania #readharder2019

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Jeg
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Wow and wow! Not sure how best to review this book. Except to say read it. Gave me an insight into so much. It might be confronting to some . A brave write. So glad I read it. Again WOW. @MrsMalaprop .
Important Australian literature. Thought Year 11 and 12. So much discussion .

MrsMalaprop Really should get to this one. 👍 1mo
Suet624 Stacked! 1mo
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Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, this is a confrontational book about growing up “Leb” in Australia. I don‘t think there is another author writing this frankly about these issues and in such a punchy style. This book will be offensive to some, I felt uncomfortable about plenty of things here, yet it got me to ask myself why and to consider how you might see the world when you grow up branded by the horrific actions of others.

Redheadrambles #readharder19 - Own voices Oceania 4mo
CarolynM I've been wondering about this one, thanks for the encouragement to pick it up. Have you read the one I'm hoping will win 4mo
Redheadrambles @CarolynM I actually did start it but for some reason I couldn‘t get into it but everyone else who read it loved it so I will pick it up again 4mo
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ClairesReads Great review- absolutely excited to read this one 4mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes it so thought provoking. Keen to see what you make of it 4mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it sounds right up my alley 4mo
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