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  • Author: Nuruddin Farah نور الدين فارح سهيل نجم
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    1. Nuruddin Farah نور الدين فارح سهيل نجم

      Nuruddin Farah Somali Nuuradiin Faarax, Arabic is a prominent Somali novelist He was awarded the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

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    1. A story from the Muslim world in the Horn of East Africa, a peninsula that juts out toward Saudi Arabia It s kind of blank spot on the map for many of us, but it consists of Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti The story is set in the 1970 s A young boy grows up in a world of women his father has been killed in the endless territorial disputes of this area especially the on going feud over Ogaden, a region disputed by Somalia and Ethiopia His mother died at his birth, so he was adopted by the [...]


    2. Conflicted feelings about this one I appreciate the poetic force of Farah s prose style, but too much of the book is squandered Farah loves writing about the symbolism of dreams, giving children implausibly deep questions, and stirring up the narrative by moving between first, second, and third person for the same characters.For the purposes of , I give it three stars as a placeholder, but Farah had moments of true greatness.



    3. Don t give up on this book too soon I feel the book completely turns around when Askar arrives in Mogadishu and one meets with Hilaal and Salaado They are marvelous This is what I thought before this point I wanted to like this book but I don t I always check Kirkus Reviews because usually they do not praise a book or an author unless it is really good In their review of Maps, shown on the Barnes and Noble site,they say it is One of the best novels out of Africa in some time I am very disappoint [...]


    4. Fantastic coming of age story For a culture as mysterious as that of the Somali, this book gives an interesting insight into the people and the wars that they fought, both to liberate themselves and to get to know who they truly are While the switch in points of view was confusing, it became easier to follow with time The worldview of Askar, the main character, keeps changing as he grows older, and as the people that surround him react to their worlds, they give him an insight into human nature, [...]


    5. Although this story jumps around in time from the very beginning, and sometimes steps out of time altogether in dream sequences, it also progresses forward steadily as the problem of the identity of Askar moves from mostly considerations of how the child Askar is defined by and against his adoptive mother Misra, to how those considerations become politicized as we come to understand that Misra is ethnically Ethiopian and Askar Somalian But the initial definitions of child against mother, boy man [...]


    6. One almost needs a map to make sense of this novel It s not that the story is convoluted it s the way the story is told At its core, Maps is exquisitely written with a story that is perhaps a bit too drawn out, but is interesting nonetheless The language Farah uses to craft this story is phenomenal There is beauty in the simple construction of many sentences, philosophy in the placing of others If Maps is any indication, Farah is a very talented writer with a particular knack for the English la [...]


    7. Great book about identity, the colonization of Africans living within borders established by the colonizers, the fluidity of ethnicity and everything else you can imagine about Somalia and Egypt Farah is an amazing writer who tells story with all types of imagery reads like poetry I am big on writers who use language to their advantage and Farah is definitely one of those types.


    8. Maps is a novel by Nuruddin Farah, a chronicler of modern Africa s sociopolitical turbulence and growth who has lived in exile from his native Somalia since 1974 The first in a trilogy of novels, Maps is rich in concept and execution, beautifully worked in the dense, intricate prose It tells the story of Askar, orphaned as a child, who is rescued from his dead mother s side and raised in a small village by Misra, an older woman who develops a mysterious, protective bond with him.Eventually he mo [...]


    9. About a week ago, I finished reading Maps by Nuruddin Farah As with most things in my life, I fell behind on the process of writing the review I told myself that it was okay to hold off on writing the review until I had some questions Before getting to the questions, I would like to get a short general review The book was surprisingly engaging and powerful From publisher s weekly, here is a plot summary Askar, orphaned as a child, is rescued from his dead mother s side and raised in a small vill [...]


    10. The first half of the novel is not comfortable A child Askar in living on the border of Somalia and Ethiopia in an area contested in the war tries to find his place in the world He is Somali and his adoptive mother Misra is Ethiopian Their relationship is too close for comfort Askar s sense of self is all wrapped up in hers in a sense, he is not weaned until he is sent away from the war torn area to live with an uncle and aunt in Mogadishu They are well educated, well off and apparently removed [...]


    11. Set in Mogadishu and Greater Somalia, Maps is a startling and disarming novel that impugns the borders between countries, peoples, and people while challenging narrative conventions and interlacing prose with the rich tradition of Somali poetry The most challenging aspect of the book is the usage of second, first, and third person on the part of the narrator This is the key conflict of identity that persists through various themes and threads in the novel In a time of widespread xenophobic bias, [...]


    12. This is a complex, beautifully written story of the relationship between a boy and his adopted mother and her relationship with her adopted country his birth country Somalia It is told from three different viewpoints and the language is often quite impersonal so its not the most straightforward book in the world, but it is tremendously insightful into how people see themselves and their country It s a book to read slowly and quietly to absorb all the layers of meaning.


    13. I can say that I loved it but also hated it I found some passages very difficult some were too obscure for me, and other just took me out of the story to the realisation that I was reading a book in other words, they did not sound plausible But it is impressive, suffocating, and has so many layers that some times I felt really lost In other words, it s a must read.


    14. A masterpiece of sorts To begin with, the highly poeticized narrative is confusing, but you ll get used to it Next you ll be engulfed in a maelstrom of questions all pertinent Is there truth in maps Why is there guilt if there is no crime Why we are burdened by bodies rather than wondering spirits And, at the end, who are we, really I found it captivating and thought provoking.






    15. The rating system doesn t work for this book It WAS amazingd frustration and at times unnecessarily IMHO confusing The voice changed from second person to third person to first person all through the book So did chronology The author is clearly brilliant and he is writing about a part of the world I know too little about I am willing to trust that I am hearing about events and perspectives that I haven t researched and can t verify The fact that he writes in English, his second language, and tha [...]


    16. Monalisa s 3 paragraph review of Maps by Nuruddin FarahThis is a coming of age story about a Somali boy Askar who is raised by a female Ethiopian servant Misra who is employed by his family The story is set in the country of Somalia which is located in the Horn of Africa The political backdrop of the story is the 1970s Ogaden War between Ethiopia and the Western Somali Liberation Front I knew little about this conflict before reading the book, but now I know that many ethnic Somalis live in the [...]


    17. Maps by Nuruddin Farah is an extraordinary novel It is the story of Askar, an orphan who struggles to find his personal identity as his homeland of Somalia struggles to find its national identity In the novel we follow Askar s life from a village in the Ogaden with its tribal taboos, superstitions and suffocating limitations to metropolitan Mogadiscio with its cosmopolitan variety of experiences, viewpoints and opportunities Like beliefs, values and ways of thinking, we assume that dream structu [...]


    18. This was a book for my office African fiction book club.I had quite a difficult time reading this book It was written in a style that I did not particularly enjoy It was very prosey, and lyrical, and with sort of a rambling sentence structure and narrative style that jumped around in time and place Some people really enjoy that style of story telling, but it s not always for me and this book in particular didn t do it for me as far as writing style goes.Another thing that bothered me though I di [...]


    19. There are laudatory quotes from Salman Rushdie and Chinua Achebe on the back of this book, and the fact that they feel so able to praise Farah s work goes part of the way to explaining why they are Rushdie and Achebe and I am not I had a fiendishly difficult time finding a way into Maps, which is written in alternating chapters of second first third person but second and third person chapters both slip into an omniscient narrator author place in a way that is maybe a little too close to Askar s [...]


    20. This story by Somalia author Nuruddin Farah is an excellent introduction to the heartaches and ensuing struggles currently devastating northeast Africa This story is the first in Farah s Blood in the Sun trilogy It takes place during the Somalia and Ethiopia conflict over the Ogaden region in 1977 The main characters are an adopted orphan Askar and his adoptive mother Misra the latter is of questionable national and ethnic background These characters symbolize the angst of the region s conflict [...]


    21. Before you start this book, open it to a random page and read a few passages Here s one I hope, as dreamers do, that the dreamt dream will match the dreamt reality that is the invented truth of one s imagination My maps invent nothing They copy a given reality, they map out roads a dreamer has walked, they identify a notional truth If this writing style appeals to you, you will enjoy the book If you find this pretentious or abstruse, then you are unlikely to enjoy reading it and will fight your [...]


    22. A story about a young man in Somalia, set in the time of Ogaden crisis Themes include identity, both personal and ethnic, as the young man s parents have died, and he is raised by a woman who is an ethnic outsider in the Ethiopian town inhabited mostly by Somalis.It is a well written book, but also rather heavy and at times confusing Too intellectual and poetic for me I d have preferred a clearer plot and less having to wonder and interpret what the different dream sequences mean but I m straigh [...]


    23. Heard about this book on World Book Club of the BBC Sorry that I listened to the podcast The story of an orphaned Somali boy and his journey to adulthood A lot of time shifting, trite similes, shallow dreamscapes, and a plot not worthy of than a short story Nothing deep in the character development, either The tie in to the political strife in Somalia and Ethiopia is worth noting but the book is too pseudo cerebral to be informative It was okay, at best, and I m being generous I admit to not be [...]


    24. Confusing sums this book up in one word Most times I had no idea who was speaking Is it the narrator Has he switched perspectives Is he dreaming Is this scene occurring right now or is it in the past I can say that I understand and appreciate the themes that the author is trying to convey Does formal recognition on a map make a state, create a historical narrative for a nation and its people However, all I ended up thinking that this novel was a prime example of highbrow literary genius whose so [...]


    25. While the narrative reached redundancy in some places I understand repetitive imagery as a technique, but its occurrence should take you deeper each time , I was grateful for Farrah s compelling and vivid story as an introduction to the tragic history of the Ethiopian nation I take it as a generally good sign when, upon finishing a novel, I want to educate myself on topics contained therein.


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