Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today.
The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. There’s Murad, a gentle, educated man who’s been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who’s fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife to find work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future.
What has driven these men and women to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a grip ping book about people in search of a better future.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SqueakyChu - LibraryThing
This is a beautiful, beautiful book. It tells the stories of four individuals in two sets of vignettes. The first set is of the four of them in Morocco; the second set tells what happened to the four ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TomMcGreevy - LibraryThing
Laila Lalami is a wonderful writer - sensitive, intelligent, perceptive. This her first novel shows some flaws of inexperience (or poor editing) but regardless is well worth the read. Her strength in ... Read full review
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