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Book Title: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits|
Date of issue: October 7th 2005
ISBN 13: 9781565124936
The author of the book: Laila Lalami
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 586 KB
Edition: Algonquin Books
Read full description of the books Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits:This is a novel that is pure storytelling - no real authorial artistic flair is added. Also, while the characters are real enough, their psychologies are not really presented with much development. Still, I recommend this short novel because its content is fascinating.
Lalami clearly wants to give her English speaking audience (I am sure this book would be quite different if it were written for a Moroccan or Maghrebian readership) some insight into what brings a person to risk the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean (so, so many that don't survive this journey - and these are the ones that we know of) to live a life in the margins of European society. Because of the diversity of her roster of characters (we first meet them in their rubber dinghy motorboat making their ill-fated 14 trek across the strait of gibraltar) we also gain some insight into the various segments of Moroccan society. Unemployment, corruption, and inequality are front and center in everyone's experience. As are some important character flaws and some heavy doses of bad luck. While not an entirely astonishing in what it describes, I always appreciate a writer's efforts to give people humanity - in this case the 'illegal migrant' from the Maghreb - who have been transformed by the media into symbolic elements of political discourse that often trigger unthinking responses.
Read information about the authorLaila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the novel Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, the New York Times, and in numerous anthologies. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. Her new novel, The Moor’s Account, will be published by Pantheon in September 2014.
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