Ajad Aktar is the author of AMERICKI DERVIS ( avg rating, 3 ratings, 0 reviews). American Dervish has ratings and reviews. Elyse said: Audiobook. read by the author: Ayad Akhtar was a natural as narrator. Americki Dervis Ajad Aktar. 2 likes. Book. Americki Dervis Ajad Aktar. Book. 2 people like this topic. Want to like this Page? Sign up for Facebook to get started.

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Basically, it feels like a paint-by-numbers book written in order to be controversial and made into a movie, which I reckon is quite likely.

Mina is greatly influenced by the Sufi dervishes, mystics whose orthodoxy conservative Muslims have always considered suspect, holy men who seek to surrender everything that might drrvis them from God’s love. This is not a novel meant to foment debate and yet I do feel it can be challenging to be a truth-teller in any culture.


The amfricki portrayal of Pakistani Muslims as a whole was not only disappointing; it reeked of inauthenticity to me. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act — with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

This is what life does to us,[ That’s not what this book is.

Without understanding his own feelings, Hayat falls in love. Interesting, compelling books add to the story of stories.

American Dervish

Xmericki Preview See a Problem? There are critics of his work, perhaps as it should be. You will become the sum of what you desire…Promise me behta. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript.

Hayat is entranced with the beautiful Mina and she encourages him to learn more about his Muslim faith. Sign up for Facebook to get started. In the end, the realism of American Dervish is both a plus and a minus. This book, American Dervish, rehashes the old in a connect-the-dots, pred This is americoi a fast read. Dnevnik knjiznicarke – Emsudin Pasanovic The Diary of Writer This diary portrays the xmericki world of derviz female writer, full of sensitive Akhtar gets quite a bit of extra pain by deciding that Hayat will not read the entire Quran and think about it, but instead will focus on amerixki it slowly so that he can become hafizthus ensuring a place for both himself and his parents in heaven.


This story is never stagnant. It’s not so much a book about being Muslim in America as it is a story about growing up and what it means to believe in God, understand the afterlife and also what it means to follow the practices of the faith into which you are born, either by following or rejecting the teaching s of your parents and one boy’s journey through that.

Its rare to come from this background and find literature that so accurately reflects your own personal experience. Studying the Quran by Mina’s side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher. He experiences an euphoric high: The characters are not human people but plot devices. That changes when a family friend, Mina, escapes a bitter divorce and comes to live with the family. Hayat, the main character is about 11 or 12, americik the story is told from his view.

Also, like Joyce, Akhtar reveals the beauty and wisdom of that faith, as perceived by the youth, as well as how religious belief can be ddrvis to narrow rather than open the mind of a sensitive and intelligent child. The experience of reading it often left me wondering if wmericki marketing dept wrote the book.

I found the book very interesting and especially well written in describing the multi faceted joys and challenges growing up in an immigrant commmunity. Instead, here is a fair reading of the overall arc of the novel: Apr 23, Ilyse rated it really liked it.

I enjoyed this book and read in in a day!! Respect for yourself and respect for others. Nor did we eat shellfish. I breathed again and listened more deeply. It’s like a book featuring Black people which serves you the same tired stereotypes. Yet another book that gets rave reviews but gets a thumbs down from me.


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I find that americki dervis disappointing, and that is one reason that I am deervis this as americki dervis. Unfortunately, Mina does not engage with Hayat about any of the violent or oppressive passages of the Koran. This is a study in faith and how that carries you in life.

Mina dies of cancer, after years of abuse, a woman crushed in both mind and body by events she could not control amercki and events for which Hayat feels intense guilt. The doctor had stayed in touch by mail with Mina, clandestinely, and knew her story.

I was practically salivating at the depth and nuances such a narrative could open up in the literary world. American Dervish has ratings and reviews.

My family has a particular interest in the American Islamic community. 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.

I like his bravery. Mina is what we might refer to as a “spiritual” Muslim – she is quite devout but she places greater importance on the intention of faith than the actual practice example, Hayat studies and memorizes the Quaran Reading it, I was reminded of a quote from a brilliant writer friend of mine: But then, when he is 12, Aunt Mina, a strikingly beautiful woman escaping an abusive arranged marriage, arrives from Pakistan to live with Hayat’s family.

Without understanding anything about sex, Mina is his first crush — a situation that becomes all the more complicated when he catches Dfrvis in the middle of the night naked in the bathroom and on the verge of touching herself. There are many complex issues to ponder. What a wasted opportunity for a deeper ameicki.

We as readers are well served to have this novel as a contribution to our greater understanding of each other.

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