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I didn't like that many of the selections were excerpts from longer works; I guess the editor did that to give us more exposure to some of the better-known novels, but it was tough eno We chose this for our book club because none of us knew anything about Arabic fiction. I didn't like that many of the selections were excerpts from longer works; I guess the editor did that to give us more exposure to some of the better-known novels, but it was tough enough to keep everything straight without also having to deal with little chunks of longer books.
Consequently, I can't even say this book was successful at giving me a tasting of different Arabic authors, because I'm just left feeling relieved that I got through the book -- not excited about picking up more books from any of the authors. It's a shame. Mar 07, Steve is currently reading it Recommends it for: Archaeologists, the curious, travellers. Ever wandered through Diwan book store in Zamalek and wondered which if the modern Arabic novels were worth buying? OK, maybe not, but I have often felt overwhelmed while in Egypt by the choices. This anthology provides a nice selection of lesser-known modern authors from the entire Middle East, all of which are available in longer form or in multiple translated works.
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It would have been better to include less authors and more of each of them. Jul 07, Linus rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-east-fiction. A really great collection of excepts from the work of great authors across the Arab world. Managed to create for myself a reading list of Arabic fiction from this book and I highly recommend it to anyone hoping to find a good introduction to the world of Arabic literature.
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Nov 10, Josephina Kilzi rated it really liked it. This book is beautifully put, again, even though I wished it was in Arabic. I got too excited when I was reading, Sudan's own where I come from Tayib Saleh's excerpt, from his book 'season of migration to the north. Aug 25, David D'Ambrosio marked it as to-read. Someday I will work up the courage to steal this this from Samantha's bookshelf Aug 18, Suzanne rated it really liked it. This is an amazing collection of middle eastern writers writing short stories, some never before translated. It's very interesting. Sep 08, Rachel rated it it was amazing.
I always read this over and over again. Dec 22, Jeremy rated it it was ok.
There are several very good stories, but the excerpts are so short! It's hard to get any appreciation of the story when you have sometimes two pages to work with. In English. Perfect introduction to the Arabic short story. Nov 07, Phil rated it it was ok. While a few stories are great reads, this is overall a mediocre collection. James Baldwin rated it it was amazing Feb 02, D Tran rated it really liked it Mar 09, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya. Arabian Nights and Days. The Gardens of Consolation. Parisa Reza.
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