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The idiotic Imam and his lackies, for example. In the first few pages of the novel, he is getting ready to share his life story to a young Jewish woman with these words: On the whole, though, a disappointment.

As if to drive the point home, he writes: Jan 13, Isabel O. We all feel better, learn something, and feel more tolerant of Islam provided that the pract Here’s what I expected: It didn’t serve the story.

Having it memorized came in handy for a college course he was taking.

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Jan 17, John Luiz rated it it was amazing. I did feel at some points as though the book could have benefited from better editing.

Jan 13, Isabel O. The author beautifully and painstakingly narrates the impressions of a child as he struggles to understand the complexity of Islam and thus his own identity, through the controversial messages from many well meaning people in his life.

This is the devastating truth that made the book worthwhile. And it has nothing to do with real Islam. Romantic love for an “aunt” clearly being impossible, he instead throws himself into her love of Islam.

Subjects Maericki families — Fiction. The story is told by Hayat Shah, a Pakistani-American, remembering the time he told his future college girlfriend, the Jewish Rachel, about his childhood. My anticipation quickly turned to dread as I read the first few pages of this novel, which describe the main chara As a Pakistani Muslim American born and raised in the US, I was very excited when I heard about this coming-of-age story of a Pakistani Dervid boy in the US written by a Pakistan American author.

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Forced marriages for woman, brutal fathers, barbaric husbands, women who are completely op Yet another book that gets rave reviews but gets a thumbs down from me. Want to Read saving….

Her method of prayer is so close to mindful meditation that she might almost be referencing the yoga sutras of Patanjali.

All the while, however, Hayat falls hard for Mina in the serious crush kind of way all of us can remember from our youth, and Hayat’s relationship with Islam unfolds alongside his awakening sexuality. Further, did Ayad Akhtar have to concentrate so hard on all that is negative about the Pakistani immigrant community in the US?

The constant and explanatory nature of Islam was distracting and, in my humble opinion, overdone. I found the book very interesting and especially well written in describing the multi faceted joys and challenges growing up in an immigrant commmunity. He and his family live in America, and a cousin of his mother’s, Mina, comes to live with them with her young son, essentially to escape her father and ex-husband in Pakistan.

An American Muslim growing up in the Midwest amsricki such a pivotal moment in history? The writing doesn’t stand out in a way to warrant the accolades. The main story is in the relationship of him between his Aunt Mina, rervis her residing derviis his family affects their life, and how Hayat’s love for her grows into a dedication to the Muslim faith.

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Told mostly in flashbacks to the early s, this coming-of-age novel focuses on Hayat Shah, a young Pakistani boy growing up in the American suburbs. Write a review Rate this item: Books by Ayad Akhtar.

I find that story disappointing, and that is one derviss that I am rating this as mediocre. Still, I am optimistic and continue to hold out for americkk awesome book that will give us a fresh take on the American Muslim experience. Preview — American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. As readers we do like Hayat as he reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of his story, which begins when his mo Hayat Shah — the only son of Pakistani Muslim parents living on the outskirts of Milwaukee — is very likeable, the type of person you can imagine sitting down and talking to way into the night.

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Memorization of the Quran — which he’s told would guarantee his parents’ admission to Heaven — is worthless if he doesn’t understand what he is memorizing. His mother has little interest in religion as such, but clings to the traditions of Islam out of homesickness for the Pakistani Punjab.

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The characterization is adequate but not memorable. It’s not the kind of book you want to linger over or revisit with any eagerness. Americki dervis, if only Americki dervis had not given him that Quran in the first place, what traumas might have been avoided?

ammericki But he chose the former, in short, he wrote something entertaining. But no big loss if it gets washed away or forgotten in a seat back. It made all women suffer and all men tyrannical.

Akhtar put that struggle to the page.

There was very little happiness to be found. What a wasted opportunity for a deeper discussion. It becomes the secret, the burden, he carries inside him as he grows into a man.

I think Akhtar could have been critical of religion without resorting to this Hollywood canard.