The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine

November 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Books, City Library, Fiction, Reviews | Leave a comment

Wow, this book has it all – poetry; pigeons; family love and war; other sorts of love and war; tastes of exotic lands and languages; interweaving stories; valour and trickery; heroes and heroines who are strong, witty and passionate; Hedy Lamour and also Oum Khaltoum…

Everyone should read this book for the humour, the colour, the observations of human interactions, the tasty morsels of various family scenes and Lebanese folk tales both new and old.

The characters are vivid, sympathetic, flawed, funny and come in all stripes including rainbow.  They live in Lebanon, Los Angeles and Rome; or maybe on a cloud, or in the seventh circle of hell.

It’s not magical realism the “real-life” scenes are nicely real.

And to top it all off it even has a beautiful bright blue cover scrolled across with golden vines and peacocks.

The blurb at the book’s entry in the Library catalogue outlines the framework which unites the stories:

Review submitted by Melissa from Lending Services at the City Library.


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