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User Image frlzimt Posted: Nov 17, 2017 8:50 PM (UTC)
1 Moon
In "The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write", there is a glorious response to Camus' "The Outsider": "The Insider" by Leila Aboulela. I was really intrigued by this, and promptly picked up "The Translator" as a next read, chosen from her body of work mainly because it is set partly in the UK and I, also, am currently in the UK... 😋 but also because it is marketed as discussing faith and non-faith and I was really interested in that from a Muslim perspective, given that my Western education has buried me under books that narrate from The Christian Perspective.
This aspect of it was interesting, but Aboulela also covers much more: "The Translator" is a novel about grief, and faith, and beginnings -- an intense, disoriented fever dream of uprooted, estranged observations and crippling loneliness. Overall it's simply seductively well-written, and certainly not the last one of her novels for me.
User Image bookstraordinary_world Posted: Nov 12, 2017 11:02 AM (UTC)
1 X-Pro II
Flash-review 🐞🐞🐞 I gave this book - once again (weird, ain't it 😉) - 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐. It is a book about a lonely woman who grew up in a pampered environment in Sudan - it's really fun to read about her freeminded youth in the eighties when she clearly cared more about American music and fashion than any rules of Muslim faith which seemed outdated to her. She, of course, wore miniskirts then and didn't bother to cover herself up. Her life in the London of 2000s is something completely different. Working as a maid she remembers the maids working at her childood home... And now she is a very devout Muslim indeed - Mosque is the center of her life and few people see her without her hijab... All that makes it a very interesting, informative book to read for a westerner. But if you leave all the cultural fireworks aside then what is left is a novel about the protagonist's life of alienation. I don't know many books which describe a woman at the center of an alienated/alienating world so well as this one. Usually novels of this kind are focusing on men - you know, Stranger by Camus and countless, countless other classics. And the loneliness of the heroine is tangible. She wants to be pitied. And you do pity her. But there is also something very tough in there... I am looking forward to reading Aboulela's Translator now... #bookstagram #bookreview #book #bookish #booklover #booknerd #bookaddict #bibliophile #leilaaboulela #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #instareview #igbooks #igbooks #muslimauthors
User Image bookstraordinary_world Posted: Nov 11, 2017 4:03 PM (UTC)
0 Amaro
"Where did she come from, this woman? It was her role to shroud my mother for her grave and teach me how to cover my hair for the rest of my life. She was a guide, not a friend."
A very educating and sensitive novel giving a whole new perspective to being lonely, being religious, just being... alive and having meaning - for me, at least. Getting close to the end. Tomorrow comes my review.

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User Image bookstraordinary_world Posted: Nov 10, 2017 9:58 PM (UTC)
0 Ludwig
Minaret by Leila Aboulela. In short - a novel about a Sudanese Muslim woman in London. But it's the melancholy poetics of the text that fascinates me - now and again, not constantly. "Is this how a young affluent woman feels, fulfilled in her work, coming home to a young child? I owe myself an absence of envy; I owe myself a heart free of grudges." #reading #currentread #bookstagram #bookish #booklover #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #igreads #igreader #bibliophile #instabook #leilaaboulela #sudanesewriter #africanauthor #blackwriters #blackandwhite #migration #womenwhowrite #womenwriters #booksandtea #bookandtea
User Image frlzimt Posted: Nov 7, 2017 10:54 PM (UTC)
11 Dogpatch
🇬🇧 I bought way too many books again, surprise!! But I needed to get away from my current tomes for a weekend spent on airports (and weddings, but that without books). Leila Aboulela is one of the authors I discovered while reading "The Things I Would Tell You"; and while I'm actively trying to reduce my buying new books, I'm also happy to let myself go on new tangents and explore new interests as they come. This one's definitely come to stay for a while; I'm about halfway through and loving Sammar's voice, and I'm intrigued by the deeply religious perspective, as that is something I don't share at all. .
"East West Street" I picked up in the same Zurich airport bookshop as "Altes Land" ("Old Country"), only on the way back, but I haven't gotten past the notes to the reader and the maps in the front matter yet. It's a Nuremberg trials book on the origins of the ideas of genocide and crimes against humanity; and I'm excited about it! I've been wanting to read more about the trials since I went to the museum in Nuremberg last year, but was too intimidated by the massive academic tomes they sold in the museum shop to buy one. This seems like a good introduction. .
🇩🇪 und ich hab... das Paperback von "Altes Land" ja mal ewig verpasst und zwischendurch total vergessen 🙈 Naja. Am Samstag beim layover in Zürich drübergestolpert und in den nächsten drei Stunden gelesen; im Flugzeug ein bisschen gelacht und geweint. Normalerweise ärgere ich mich ja, wenn ich so verhältnismäßig viel Geld für ein Buch ausgebe, mit dem ich dann in ein paar Stunden fertig bin, aber für das hier würde ich's wieder tun. War zwar ein Fall von "genau die richtige Geschichte für diesen Tag" und ich bin deshalb vielleicht ein bisschen voreingenommen, aber Dörte Hansen ist definitiv einen zweiten Blick wert!
User Image gwaylereads Posted: Oct 26, 2017 5:28 PM (UTC)
11 Aden
☕️👀 I've had my eye on this writer for a while. In this, her first novel, a privileged woman and secular Muslim must flee Sudan and settle in London under very different economic circumstances. There her faith deepens and, counter to what a Westerner might assume, edges toward orthodox. There is a love story in the mix as well. #leilaaboulela #tbrpile #tbr #readbeyondbordersoct (belief systems; Sudan 🇸🇩)
User Image thebookbanque Posted: Oct 13, 2017 12:36 PM (UTC)
1 Normal
Of the fifteen short stories in Opening Spaces - a 1999 anthopology by African female writers - Leila Aboulela’s ‘The Museum’ stuck with R. Her story is about Shadia — a Sudanese bride-to-be who is studying for her Master’s Degree in Scotland, and is engaged to Fareed back home.


It tells of an unlearning of silence, a love for home/culture, a discourse on colonialism in Sudan and Africa at large and what can happen if a woman is put in environment sans (traditional) restrictions. Read R's (@adebolarayo) full review via link in bio or 👋🏾
User Image vulpeslibris Posted: Sep 27, 2017 12:53 PM (UTC)
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I'd heard good things about this #anthology before Vulpes Libris was offered a copy, so I grabbed it. It’s a miscellany from #SaqiBooks, consisting of #dialogues, #shortstories, #artworks, #poems, #stand-up routines (I think), #reportage and #memoir, about being #Islamic in a #nonIslamic country, mostly the #UK and the #USA. There’s a #Jewish memoir here too, showing that their experience of being Other could as well be a #Muslim experience, so Othered do they feel.

There are many short and punchy pieces: #LeilaAboulela’s ‘Majed’ (Egyptian student marries white #Scottish #Islamic convert because he loves her and her children, but finds life increasingly difficult when she is more devout than he is), #AmrouAlKadi’s ‘How #Islam taught me to be a #dragqueen’ (the drama of the Middle Eastern mother and her make-up), #CaroleAnnDuffy’s ‘Comprehensive’ (inside the heads of six children in school in six devastating stanzas). There are fabulous travel stories from life, lightly appliquéd with fantasy: #KarlSharro’s ‘The joys of applying for a US visa’ and #SaleemHadid’s ‘Do I understand that you’re homosexual, sir?’ Love the ‘sir’. This last one is my favourite, I think, because it brings so many voices and experiences within a simple coaching internal monologue as the #Libyan man (wearing a carefully-chosen flowered sweatshirt) approaches the boarding gate for his flight to the US, and the waiting US official between him and the plane. Full post on #vulpeslibris.-- #booklove #bookreview #readingtime #collection
User Image bookstraordinary_world Posted: Sep 18, 2017 2:06 PM (UTC)
3 Clarendon
Ginormous bookhaul... 📚📚📚Several book orders arrived today and I am having a slight feeling that I buy far more books than I'll ever read... Not a surprise, really... Quite sure the people at the post office know me as a mail order addict...🎁🙉👀 I don't care, 'cause I'm now a proud owner of Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature 😅😅 Anyhow - I feel that I Do Not Come to You by Chance is well suited after reading Foreign Gods. Inc. Don't you? Or what are your recommendations?
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User Image relebone Posted: Sep 12, 2017 10:32 AM (UTC)
3 Normal
1. “But for Soraya, words on a page were seductive, free, inviting everyone, without distinction. She could not help it when she found words written down, taking them in, following them as if they were moving and she was in a trance, tagging along. A book was something to hide, the thick enchantment of it, the shame, almost. When everyone was asleep, she would creep indoors, into stifling, badly lit rooms, with cockroaches clicking, to open a book at a page she had marked and step into its pulsating pool of words.” ― Leila Aboulela, Lyrics Alley

2. “So much darkness made her uneasy. There was definitely a weight pushing down on the world. Misfortune was always hovering close around people’s shoulders. But she would fight it off, and keep fighting with all her might. Otherwise she would be annihilated by this nameless, all-reaching gloom which she couldn’t figure out or map.” ― Leila Aboulela, Lyrics Alley

3. Ethiopian coffee is my favourite.

4. Our book club is LIT.

User Image asha_dii Posted: Sep 3, 2017 3:44 PM (UTC)
4 Moon
Reading develops your brain and provides a window into the world around you ... Today reading #TheKindnessOfEnemies by #LeilaAboulela
User Image infectioustales Posted: Sep 2, 2017 10:08 PM (UTC)
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The translator is a novel that I will for most appreciate! This novel is definitely an Infectious Tale! The diversity or just the fact that it talks about a part of the world that no one really pays attention to makes me absolutely proud! As not only an African writer but a Sudanese one I am glad that Aboulela was able to put us on the map along with the very few, however, growing diverse books in the industry!
#thetranslator #leilaaboulela #sudanese #infectioustales #awomanslife #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookworm #saturdayreads #diversity #diversereads #diversebooks
User Image fictionarymind Posted: Sep 1, 2017 8:59 AM (UTC)
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First of all, I wish all my muslim brothers and sisters a happy Eid. May your day be blessed with your loved ones. .
Second of all I just want to say sorry for my absence. I've had some stressful weeks with a lot of things happening, but the most important one was an exam I had to retake and that I was very nervous about. Yesterday I got the news that I passed though so my life can finally begin to settle again. .
I wish you all an amazing friday ✨
User Image ra__m__y Posted: Aug 28, 2017 3:03 PM (UTC)
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All through life there were distinctions - toilets for men, toilets for women; clothes for men, clothes for women - then, at the end, the graves are identical. -Leila Aboulela

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