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Alif the Unseen--no spoilers!







I am really enjoying this book. Right now I'm in a chase scene. It's better than watching a movie. Alif rushes into a mosque, and the sheikh there shields him from the state security men who are pursuing him. The sheikh and the security men then have this conversation:

"W have the authority to search the whole mosque anytime we please." The voice was fat and guttural.

"Whose authority?" the sheikh asked.

"State's, you impudent old man--what other kind is there?"

"God's," he answered serenely. There was a pause.

"Maybe we should clear this with Religious Oversight first," said a second voice in a quieter tone.

"Search the place now if you like," the sheikh's voice continued,"but I must insist you take off your shoes and make ablution first. This is a place of worship. I won't have it polluted with unclean feet or unclean thoughts."

"He didn't mean to insult you, Uncle," said the second voice apologetically.

"Really? Well he must have a natural talent."
Alif the Unseen, p. 184

Zing! I laughed.

And a little earlier, at the university, Alif heard the calls of the chaiwallah interspersed with academic conversations, and that was very fun:

Sweet mild tea, joy for the tongue and health for the body; when you consider that Foucault defined the postmodern discourse, consider also his own experiential bias; sweet milk tea, if it runs out, I can't be blamed; obviously you believe social capital will eventually have a market value; sweet milk tea, a heavenly drink for a worldly price; you suffer from the colonized mind, dude.
Alif the Unseen, p. 178

Yes, enjoying this very much. It's a book I steal time to read.


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queenoftheskies
Aug. 22nd, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!

Who is the author?
asakiyume
Aug. 23rd, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
The author's G. Willow Wilson
queenoftheskies
Aug. 23rd, 2015 05:29 am (UTC)
I checked it out on Amazon and it sounds so wonderful that I'm going to buy it when I get paid.

I've been looking for a good book to read.
shewhomust
Aug. 22nd, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
This, more than plot summaries, is the sort of taster that makes me want to read a book!
asakiyume
Aug. 23rd, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I love excerpts of text as a way to get a feel for what the style is.
osprey_archer
Aug. 23rd, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
you suffer from the colonized mind, dude

That made me giggle. I may have to read this.
asakiyume
Aug. 23rd, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)
Oh I think you'd like it! (Saying this from about halfway through it... it could still go pear shaped, but I don't think it will.)
browngirl
Aug. 23rd, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
That is some vibrant gorgeous writing! *makes a note*
asakiyume
Aug. 23rd, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)
It's very fun, funny, and beautiful. And maybe profound in places. Also: exciting.
yamamanama
Aug. 23rd, 2015 03:46 am (UTC)
Fun, funny, beautiful, profound, and exciting at the same time is what we should all aim for when writing.
mnfaure
Aug. 23rd, 2015 07:19 am (UTC)
The part about the colonized mind made me laugh, especially because of the "dude."
asakiyume
Aug. 25th, 2015 11:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, the humor continues throughout,** and so do the metaphysical insights (and, of course, the exciting plot).

**e.g., a jinn saying that his kind like places that are abandoned by humans, then following that with "Detroit is popular."
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