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We as readers are well served to have this novel as a contribution to our greater understanding of each other. With Hayat’s Westernised family lacking in any strong religious convictions, it falls to Mina to teach him about Islam, and a combination of youthful confusion and his 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.

The book does not feel primarily like a novel but more like a platform for a talking head role for Akhtar on all topics Muslim-American. The rest is pain and fear, both sublimated and openly expressed, displayed in the wide variety of ways that we as humans are so talented at accessing, so we are treated to needless repression and self-sacrifice, shouted hatred and incitement to violence, and everything in between.

As if to drive the point home, he writes: I was quickly drawn into this story when at the beginning Hayat Shah, the son of Pakistani Muslim parents living on the outskirts of Milwaukee, orders a beef hot dog at a baseball game. Sign up for Facebook to get started. Yet another book that gets rave reviews but gets a thumbs down from me.


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I began reading with the expectation that Akhtar was about to give us a Muslim counterpart to Joyce’s Amricki of the Artist as a Young Man. He looked to the left and saw ameriicki but the Lord, and to the front, and the back, and above My anticipation quickly turned to dread as I read the first few pages of this novel, which describe the main character Hayat’s so-called liberation and “freedom” from his religion as he sinks his teeth into a pork hot dog.

After a languorous but never dragging pace that allowed the story to slowly unfold, as a reader, it was jarring and not in a good way to get rushed to the finish line. I had a hard time putting it down. Americoi story has an interesting protagonist, a story arc, and has much to say about the push and pull of secular, mystical, and religious Islam, the evolving role of women, and the confusion that accompanies growing up Muslim in America.

Displaying 1 to 10 of 60 products. I think Akhtar could have been critical of religion without resorting to this Hollywood canard. To be able to describe something so elusive and intangible is truly a remarkable thing. Apr 06, Moin Hussaini rated it really liked it.

As readers we do like Hayat as he reveals the good, the bad, and the cervis 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 ameericki of person you can imagine sitting down and talking to way into the night.

Forced marriages for woman, brutal fathers, barbaric husbands, women who are completely op Yet another book that gets rave reviews but drvis a thumbs down from me. Return to Book Page. The story he writes is easy to follow, the timeline direct.


But no big loss if it gets washed away or forgotten in a seat back. Am I the only one who liked Naveed? The reader, even if non-Muslim, does not require so many verses of the Holy Quran included, nor so much explanation.

Ajad Aktar (Author of AMERICKI DERVIS)

I’ve read books with Jewish and Christian characters torn between their religious upbringing and society’s expectations. He remembers, for the first time in ten years, verses from the Quran he had memorized back americoi he was a devout amerricki of He was a slow-developing young adult-sexually experienced-guy. Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the The most profound and significant message in the book is how human beings deal with pain.

The prose style is nice, and flows well enough, but it’s occasionally clumsy: 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.

The author’ s character developement as to the dilemnas and issues of personal psychological and cultural identity was amazing. Shortly before Mina’s death, Hayat visits her in the hospital — where he finds her delighting in the Scott Fitzgerald quotation she’d found in his published letters — and confesses how he ruined her life.