Minaret: A Novel

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Leila Aboulela's American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman -- once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London -- gradually embracing her orthodox faith. With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose houses she cleans in London. Twenty years ago, Najwa, then at university in Khartoum, would never have imagined that one day she would be a maid. An upper-class Westernized Sudanese, her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. But a coup forces the young woman and her family into political exile in London. Soon orphaned, she finds solace and companionship within the Muslim community. Then Najwa meets Tamer, the intense, lonely younger brother of her employer. They find a common bond in faith and slowly, silently, begin to fall in love. Written with directness and force, Minaret is a lyric and insightful novel about Islam and an alluring glimpse into a culture Westerners are only just beginning to understand.
 

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User Review  - sbsolter - LibraryThing

In Minaret, Leila Aboulela tells a beautiful story about a woman from a wealthy family in Sudan who must start her life over when a political coup forces her into exile in London. She eventually takes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

Lent this from the library. To be honest I was bored sometimes while reading this but there were some interesting parts as well. I did not like the main character much. Could not really relate. Not a bad book though. There was something about how it was written that kept me wanting to read more. Read full review

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Leila Aboulela was born in 1964 and grew up in Khartoum, Sudan. Her novel The Translator was long-listed for the Orange Prize (2000) and the IMPAC Dublin Award (2001). Her collection of stories, Coloured Lights, was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing (2000). Minaret is her second novel and her American debut. She divides her time between Aberdeen and Dubai.

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