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The locust and the bird my mothers story by hanan excellent book.

  1. 1. The Locust and the Bird: My Mothers Story by Hanan Al-Shaykh Excellent Book.Amazon Exclusive: Marjane Satrapi Reviews The Locust and the BirdMarjane Satrapi was born in Iran and now lives in Paris, where she is aregular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world,including The New Yorker and The New York Times. She is the author ofthe internationally bestselling and award-winning Persepolis andPersepolis 2. She co-wrote and directed the Academy Award-nominatedanimated film version of Persepolis. Read Satrapis exclusive Amazonguest review of The Locust and the Bird: While I was readingHanan Al Shaykh’s new book, The Locust and the Bird, my regret as anauthor was not to have known Kamila, Hanan’s mother, the extravagantnarrator of this book. What a woman! What a storyteller! She reminds meof my beloved grandmother (who is in many of my books), and many otherwomen of her generation that I knew, who were manipulative in order tosurvive, who lied in order to establish the truth, and, most of all, so full oflife and passion. When I finished the book I had one major thought: this
  2. 2. book needs to be made into a movie, but this is the kind of story one needsto be a real Lebanese in order to turn it into a movie. That was my otherregret as a movie maker. But most of all I felt extremely lucky to spendtime with someone so intelligent, full of humor and love. --Marjane Satrapi (Photo © Maria Ortiz) Amazon Exclusive: Hanan al-Shaykh on The Locust and the Bird My mother was a phenomenon to all those who knew her. Shelived her hard life in a peculiar comic way. My mother lied, stole, betrayed,abandoned her children. Loved, hated and said no to her family, to hersociety. She was also beaten, cursed, starved and adored. She lived inBeirut. Her flat was like a hotel lobby, a psychiatrist’s couch, a stage.Young and old gathered around her as if they were in the presence of acomic guru. She took anti-depressants: the only way to cope with herpopularity, she told me once. I knew that she first took them to help easeher guilt for abandoning my sister and me. Though I never blamed herfor leaving me at the age of 6, and for not being interested in me,nonetheless, I found myself building a wall between us. Throughout theyears she never stopped explaining to me the reason for leaving my fatherto marry her lover. When I eventually listened to her story I found myself,as a novelist, face to face with a treasure wrapped in a tissue paper. --Hanan Al-Shaykh (Photo © Hanan al-Shaykh)Personal Review: The Locust and the Bird: My Mothers Story byHanan Al-ShaykhI could barely put the book down and I am pretty hard to please when itcomes to books - I dont just read the latest "top seller". It was extremelywell written with an interesting plot and to top it off, it is a true story. I likedthe references to the government and Lebanese culture, as well, whichwas educational. I want to now read other books by Hanan, even thoughshe primarily writes novels. I would highly recommend this book and lookforward to reading some of her other books - I hope they can live up to thisone. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Locust and the Bird: My Mothers Story by Hanan Al-Shaykh 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

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