10 journalers for this copy...
I am putting this aside to read before releasing.
A set of deceptively simple stories about marriage and family in Dubai in the 1990s. Slightly reminiscent of R.K. Narayan, these are absorbing and well-structured; I am not always keen on short stories but these, although the characters were not linked through the stories, seemed to show facets of the same experiences, seen from different angles and through different eyes.
Usual rules apply...
Make a journal entry when you receive the book
Contact the next reader for their address when you are almost done
Post a review when you've read the book - please try to send it on within a month of receipt if you can
Make a journal entry or controlled release notes when you send the book on
Kerriou UK (UK/Eur)
PeaMartian UK (anywhere)
Scotsbookie UK (Europe)
wanderingstar8 UK (anywhere)
Tarna Finland (EU pref)
Sofitta1 Portugal (EU pref)
Maria-Nunes Portugal (EU pref)
Okyrhoe Greece (anywhere)
[[[Jaenelle US (US only) -- asked to be skipped]]]
Bug2004 US-Nebraska (US only) <----- it's here!
mandyfaye US (US pref)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Posting to the first person in the BookRay!
Will make a start on this as soon as I've finished my current read.
I have PeaMartian's address and will get this book in the post tomorrow.
Sent to PeaMartian this morning.
Thanks for sharing!
Just off to PM wanderingstar8 & will have the book on its journey again asap.
Thanks to LyzzyBee for the chance to read the book.
In every aspect, Dubai Tales is Arabic. Yet, Muhammad al Murr shows that, basically, people and their problems are the same everywhere. I enjoyed these stories very much.
Thanks for sharing, LyzzyBee!
Mohammed Al Murr at EAIFL site
al-Murr, Muhammed Ahmad (1955—) at Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature
The book is in the mail and the estimated travelling time is 3—6 working days. Dubai Tales should be in Soffitta1’s hands some time next week.
2009 KTMC #41
Snapshots of life in Dubai, I felt like a bit of a fly on the wall with this collection. You really only get brief glimpses, but the result is very realistic and compelling. I have the next address, so will be posting this on Monday.
It is next to be read, as soon as I finish the two books I'm currently reading.
I found this book amazing and I am really happy for having read it.
Thank You so much for sharing!!
I shall post it to the next reader as soon as I get the address.
Thanks LyzzyBee for including me in the ring, and Maria-Nunes for posting the book!
The narrator's point of view determines the voice and tone of Murr's stories - all except for the last one, which stands out from the rest of the collection for it first person point of view and introspective tone (and is thus more 'familiar' in style as a 'short story').
Even though this oral tradition is one I am familiar with, still I was unable to suspend my critical judgment, and so I found fault with the repetitive ironic twists saved for the final lines of each story. These last minute plot reversals (or rather, the withholding of a truth by the narrator till the concluding moment) underscored a didactic tone that I found unnervingly reminiscent of fables and other moral tales.
2010 Festival of Literature @ Dubai.
Contacting the next reader - to verify if Jaenelle wants to be skipped (as noted on her profile info). If so, I'll move onto the next name on the list.
Update: Contacting Bug2004 now.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to Bug2004. Enjoy!