Fantasia, an Algerian Cavalcade
In this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in 1830 to the War of Liberation of the 1950s. The girl, growing up in the old Roman coastal town of Cherchel, sees her life in contrast to that of a neighboring French family, and yearns for more than law and tradition allow her to experience. Headstrong and passionate, she escapes from the cloistered life of her family to join her brother in the maquis' fight against French domination.
Djebar's exceptional descriptive powers bring to life the experiences of girls and women caught up in the dual struggle for independence - both their own and Algeria's.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheBooknerd - LibraryThing
Fairly interesting but largely boring. There's a certain artistic beauty to this book that I found appealing, and a number of passages were very intriguing. However, as a whole, this was not an engaging read, and I struggled to stay attentive. Read full review
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1001 words about a modern day sheherazade… After being secretly proud of myself for keeping my readerly expectations to a minimum when I reviewed the last two much hyped novelists back to back, I had ... Read full review
PART ONE THE CAPTURE OF THE CITY
PART TWO THE CRIES OF THE FANTASIA
The Naked Bride of Mazuna
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