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Nebklvr
Wild Thorns | Sa?ar Khal?fah
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A beautifully written, never-ending tragedy set in Palestine. A place where hope has no home and the only choice is which hopeless death you claim.

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Emilymdxn
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Really impressive book of short stories translated from Arabic, covering so many aspects of life and relationships. It made me think of the phrase ‘life‘s rich pageant‘ and I was so impressed at how it crammed so many versions of different lives in the Middle East into one book. It absolutely ran the gamut of human emotions, sometimes funny sometimes poignant, sometimes joyful. I really recommend this

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Emilymdxn
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Waiting for a friend in a cosy coffee shop and it‘s dark outside, they‘re playing A Case Of You by Joni Mitchell which is one of my fave songs of all time, and I have an hour to read drink coffee and catch up with Litsy. Then dinner and wine and bus back through lit up London to my boyfriend. Feeling very happy right now!

IndoorDame Sounds perfect! I loved that book! It‘s one I read at least 15 years ago and haven‘t thought about for a long time. 3w
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Emilymdxn
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This has been unread in my room for around ten years I think, which I feel very bad about as I swear I‘ve always been ‘just about‘ to read it. I also promised myself I‘d read 50 books off my tbr back list this year which doesn‘t look all that manageable at this stage in November - nice to get stopping to this one though!

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AshleyHoss820
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This Non-Western Civ Lit class is the best idea I‘ve ever had! I don‘t know why she has chosen the works that she has but I am so grateful! A Season of Madness is probably my favorite story. Many of our works have been characters caught between tradition and modernity.

BarbaraBB Seems like a great class. Keep us posted about other books you read in there! 1mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I will! So far, we‘ve read Selected Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, In the Shade of Spring Leaves by Higuchi Ichyo, Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang and this book! 😊😊😊 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow. I only know Tagore... 1mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB They were all wonderful! I‘m gathering that Tagore‘s short stories are better than his novels. 😊 1mo
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Nebklvr
Wild Thorns | Sa?ar Khal?fah
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This is AMAZING so far....

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MalaysianBiblioholic
Children of the Alley | Naguib Mahfouz
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One bane of finishing a good book is the fear that the next one won‘t be as good 🤞

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Schwifty
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This was a quite enjoyable short novel about the personalities and dramas between the residents of a back alley in the slums of Cairo. There's an exotic flavor to it (of course) and while I didn't read it in the original Arabic, the Le Gassick translation upholds a poetic prose that I imagine is more pronounced in the original. The story is compelling, but ends in much tragedy. All in all, it's a good read, just not an uplifting one.

BarbaraBB I really enjoyed this one too. 1mo
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Geeklet
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
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This was an interesting dystopian book. I‘m not sure if I‘d put it on a list with the greats of the genre but sometimes, you need the perspective that time allows to realize how well those books stand. I really enjoyed reading an Arabic take on the genre. I would recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good depressing dystopian book.

Heatherfeather "a good depressing dystopian book" hahahaha 3mo
Geeklet @Heatherfeather Right? No one wants a happy dystopian book! 🤣 3mo
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Geeklet
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz

Starting book 4 for the Tome Infinity and Beyond round three readathon! The Queue is my pick for a read from Africa because the author is from Egypt. This has been a really fun readathon!