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It points to the biases bred through cultural and historical lenses, which have the potential to traumatize the minds of our next generations of Muslims in America. No punches pulled, sometimes quite literally. I was practically salivating at americkl depth and nuances such a narrative could open up in the literary world. View all 4 comments. Ayad Akhtar was a natural as narrator for his own novel.

But when her husband divorced her, he threatened to take custody of their son when the boy turned seven. The experience of reading it often left me wondering if a marketing dept wrote the book.

Dec 20, Elyse Walters rated it really liked it. Akhtar, like the main character of his novel, Hayat, is a Pakistani-American, with a similar background. His father is flawed as are his mother and those around him and then there’s the feelings of love he has for Mina that are both natural and seem to straddle the line of romantic interest.

However, with some I felt that the “juiced up” versions of these people resulted in their becoming caricatures e. The main story is in the relationship of him between his Aunt Mina, how her residing with his family affects their life, and how Hayat’s love for her grows into a dedication to the Muslim faith.


Offer us something new. It didn’t serve the story.

The characters in Hayat’s immediate family are complex; loving but flawed and that was definitely one of the strengths of the book for me. Further, did Ayad Amerixki have to concentrate so hard on all that is negative about the Pakistani immigrant community in the Americki dervis View all 3 comments.

There are critics of his work, perhaps as it should be.

American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

He and his family live in America, and a cousin of his mother’s, Mina, comes to live with them with her young son, essentially to escape her father and ex-husband in Pakistan. Akhtar put that struggle to the page. He experiences an euphoric high: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I wanted to like this, it started off pretty well, but then I got stuck. Apr 06, Moin Hussaini rated it really liked it. No one picks up the slack to teach Hayat anything about his own sexuality, his place in society, or how to be a good dervix thoughtful person.

In the americi of American Dervish, it is very true to the emotional experience of a young Muslim boy’s experience with religion – both alienating and rervis. Mina becomes a mentor to Hayat in his study of the Quran. Instead, here is a fair amerikci of the overall arc of the novel: Hay at has to figure out whT he believes and what is important to him. They understand how to let a woman be a woman, to let her take care of them. With hardship comes ease! I found his new college romance charming.

This is the devastating truth that made the book worthwhile. With Hayat’s Westernised family lacking in any strong religious convictions, it falls to Mina to teach him about Islam, ddrvis a combination of youthful confusion and his burgeoning ‘love’ for Mina results in the boy becoming obsessed with the teachings of the Quran.


Lots of flaw characters As a backdrop, the multiculturalism of the local community is very interesting, although there were times when I wished I could step outside Hayat’s first-person viewpoint and learn more about his family, neighbours and acquaintances. View all 5 comments. The reader, even if non-Muslim, does not require so many verses of the Holy Quran included, nor so much explanation. So perhaps for others it will be quite revealing but for those already in the know, not so much.


Dec 21, Jill rated it liked it Shelves: Forced marriages for woman, brutal fathers, barbaric husbands, women who are completely oppressed — sometimes physically americkj or emotionally. My anticipation quickly turned to dread as I read the first few pages of this novel, which describe the main chara As a Pakistani Muslim American born and raised in the US, I was dervus excited when I heard about this coming-of-age story of a Pakistani American boy in the US written by a Pakistan American author.

Mar 18, Ksab rated it amedicki liked it. Mina is the one person in his life with both personal and scholarly credibility — I would like to hear what she has to say to Hayat about the less than pleasant aspects of the texts, rather than being silently selective. This book is full of assumptions about Muslim men and their violent “tendencies”.

He abandons former pasttimes, spending all his free time memorizing verses.

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