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American Dervish: A Novel av Ayad Akhtar
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American Dervish: A Novel (utgåvan 2012)

av Ayad Akhtar (Författare)

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"Du kommer kanske inte att tycka om mig om du får veta allt som hänt ..."Rachel och Hayat sitter nära varandra i ett litet studentrum i USA. Snart kommer Hayat att utmana deras nyvunna kärlek. Något inom honom säger att han bara måste berätta. Han måste berätta om den strålande, själfulla Mina. Han vill berätta om allt vackert hon lärde honom när han var liten, hennes kunskap om islam och Koranen och hennes historia om den ödmjuke dervischen som tar emot bortslängda apelsinskal med tacksamhet. Men han vet också att han måste berätta om vad som hände sedan, när svartsjukan satte klorna i honom. När han kom att skada dem som han älskade allra mest. Apelsinskalenär en uppslukande, modern och brännande aktuell roman om tro och tvivel, hängivelse och svek. Det är berättelsen om Hayat, en ung muslimsk kille som försöker finna sin väg som första generationen pakistan-amerikan i en av mellanvästerns välmående förorter. Men det är också berättelsen om Mina, en mörk saga om att slitas mellan förbjuden kärlek, omgivningens förväntningar och fördömelser, och en längtan efter att få glömma sig själv inför en kraft som är mäktigare än allt annat. "Ayad Akhtars Apelsinskalen är en underhållande och spännande roman, ett allvarligt men samtidigt ironiskt och öppet verk om dervischens doftande apelsiner i en värld av konflikter, tro, misstro och hat."Tidningen Kulturen [Elib]… (mer)
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Titel:American Dervish: A Novel
Författare:Ayad Akhtar (Författare)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2012), Edition: 1, 368 pages
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I’m a terrible storyteller which really stinks because I love great stores. “American Dervish” is a wonderful story of the coming of age of a Pakistani-American in the 1980s that resonated with me on many levels. I loved being able to walk a mile, or 340 pages in this case, in someone else’s shoes, to understand how life was for someone who in many ways is totally different from me but who, in the end, I have so much in common with. “With everything in life, Hayat, it’s the intention that matters.” This line, spoken lovingly by Mina to Hayat, the young protagonist of the book speaks to me. Strangely, it also ties in with a theme in the last book I read before this, the seemingly totally different “The Searcher” by Tana French. Human beings spend way too much time on the surface, looking to see if the exact right word or term was used, seeing if the right religious rites were performed exactly as prescribed (by the humans who created them), instead of thinking about the intention of the act. I’m tired of it. Here we see young Hayat trying to figure out his place in the world and his place in his religion and over and over he finds superficial interpretations. Only his “Aunt” Mina really connects with him. The novel deals a lot with forgiveness and how one can find a way to forgive themselves for a terrible wrong. It is not easy. The fight for Hayat to balance the intense need his has to live his faith with his equally intense desire to be a free and independent thinker is one that flows out beyond the narrow confines of the specific religion involved here. It is a constant struggle. Hayat works through all of these issues with puberty thrown in to boot, while watching his parents constantly fight and struggle. All of this is familiar to me and I realized, as Hayat does when he stays at a friend’s house later in the book, “thinking that his parents—vital and bickering—weren’t all that different from mine.” So this book has it all, it allowed me to experience a world that I did not know, but it also spoke directly to me and the universality of our experience. It was a journey that left me a better person than when I started, and I can’t think of higher praise that that. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Mom was reading this Arab-American bildungsroman (now that's an odd phrase) in her book group. Mom enjoyed the audiobook, where Akhtar displays a talent for voices in his narration. (The author's play "Disgraced" was staged this year in Chicago and off-Broadway). Akhtar's boyhood home was a few miles from mine, and judging by his 12-year-old Pakistani protagonist it does seem like a safe place to raise the kids. We don't see much of the conflict hinted at in young Hayat Shah's household. If the presence of sin draws him to the Quran, one would expect at least to hear screaming arguments or police sirens. Hayat's eventual disenchantment with religion comes just as lightly. Akhtar's story, like his Midwestern Muslim narrator, seems a bit too earnest.
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
From the opening scenes of this novel, where the main character eats a bratwurst at a ball game, then goes to a Survey of Islamic History class the next day, I knew that I was going to like this book. There have been many books, fiction and nonfiction, written about those raised in a Christian tradition and who have deconverted, who have questioned their faith and moved form believer to agnostic or atheist; I have read and reviewed many of these. But this is the first book I have read which speaks from a Muslim point of view -- in this case, a ten-year-old boy named Hayat, born to a struggling Pakistani couple in the Midwest. It was revealing to see how similar the progression of the infatuation and adoption of religious faith is in a young Muslim and a young Christian, as well as the beginnings of the conflicts within those religious tenets, and how they are played out in a familial setting. Hayat's confusion and concern over the interpersonal turmoil amongst the adults in his life is something that carries over to young people from any cultural or religious background. This is one of my personal favorites out of the novels I've read in recent months. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Very readable novel of a Muslim community in the US, their food, customs and beliefs. Ayad Akhtar shows us the good and the bad of this community as with any religious group or congregation There are some Muslims who sincerely believe in the Quran, and most others simply pay lip-service to it; and a few others who manipulate and use the community, hypocritically misinterpreting the Quran for their personal agendas of maintaining the status quo and financial gain. These powerful few spread fear and hate of "others" and Americans in general to control followers, 'brainwashing' the community so they don't think and decide things for themselves, or associate with these bad "others."

Hayat grows up with a father who works in the medical field, and because of personal experience distrusts Islam and those who claim to practice it. Unlike other Muslims, he accepts and socializes with Americans of all faiths. And then there is Hayat's long-suffering mother who feels the need to criticize her husband to everyone, including their young son, driving him to drink and affairs.

It is when bright, beautiful Mina, Hayat's mother's close friend, and her young son, Imran, move in that the drama begins.Mina has been beaten by her father regularly, married off, abused by mother-in-law, and right after giving birth, divorced by husband (read mother-in-law)! The Shah family is energized and awed by Mina's passion and optimism. Hayat is naturally atrracted to her; she encourages him to learn the Quran, and teaches him how to deal with life's challenges.

Life goes smoothly until Mina attempts to fulfill her promise to her son of finding him a new father. She falls in love with Hayat's father's colleague and friend, and he smitten with her, is willing to sacrifice his Jewish faith to marry her. Hayat is angry at Mina and his father, jealous of Nathan, and allows himself to believe an evil man's misinterpretation of passages in the Quran. Hayat sets into motion a hateful process to stop everything in its tracks, causing irreparable harm to people he loves. Of course, within hours, he regrets his actions.

As the novel continues on its -almost- expected decline, Hayat grows up, matures and makes more life decisions on his own. He hears about the violence and abuse he has wrought, through his mother's calls to Mina, and prays to Allah for help. Before long he understands and comes to accept his father's feelings about religion, and stops learning or caring about the Quran. Like his father he befriends all kinds of people he meets, and doesn't feel a strong sense of loyalty to the Muslim community, having experienced its ethnocentrism and hypocrisy.

I found Mina to be a compelling puzzle, and definitely one of the most fascinating characters of the books I've read.

Beautiful, sad and yet hopeful story of faith, love, acceptance and change.
  Bookish59 | Sep 22, 2018 |
I liked this book a lot. It is a thoughtful look at the tensions between religious belief and modern life. The main characters in the book are Muslim, and I certainly thought it provided an interesting perspective on Islam, but this book really is about religious belief in the main. I had some severe problems with the ending--Sunil is given no depth at all, and there were too many elements of melodrama for my taste--but it's a book that is very much worth your time. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
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"Du kommer kanske inte att tycka om mig om du får veta allt som hänt ..."Rachel och Hayat sitter nära varandra i ett litet studentrum i USA. Snart kommer Hayat att utmana deras nyvunna kärlek. Något inom honom säger att han bara måste berätta. Han måste berätta om den strålande, själfulla Mina. Han vill berätta om allt vackert hon lärde honom när han var liten, hennes kunskap om islam och Koranen och hennes historia om den ödmjuke dervischen som tar emot bortslängda apelsinskal med tacksamhet. Men han vet också att han måste berätta om vad som hände sedan, när svartsjukan satte klorna i honom. När han kom att skada dem som han älskade allra mest. Apelsinskalenär en uppslukande, modern och brännande aktuell roman om tro och tvivel, hängivelse och svek. Det är berättelsen om Hayat, en ung muslimsk kille som försöker finna sin väg som första generationen pakistan-amerikan i en av mellanvästerns välmående förorter. Men det är också berättelsen om Mina, en mörk saga om att slitas mellan förbjuden kärlek, omgivningens förväntningar och fördömelser, och en längtan efter att få glömma sig själv inför en kraft som är mäktigare än allt annat. "Ayad Akhtars Apelsinskalen är en underhållande och spännande roman, ett allvarligt men samtidigt ironiskt och öppet verk om dervischens doftande apelsiner i en värld av konflikter, tro, misstro och hat."Tidningen Kulturen [Elib]

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