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Americki dervis — Ayad Akhtar American Dervish. I think his words are a plea for reconciliation — with the past, with conflict, with anericki, and with the divine.

Aunt Mina – is very religious and teaches Hayat the value of Islam. Jan 13, Isabel O. Respect for yourself and respect for others. His religious awakening, too, is carefully handled – he experiences great enlightenment, but is also exposed at an impressionable age to extremist views which threaten to warp his mindset and damage those he cares for.

View all 3 comments. Jan 11, Jennifer rated it did not like it. On air, he sounded unsure of himself and, at the same time, very opinionateda combination I really like for reasons I won’t go into here.

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I really wanted to enjoy this as I feel stories from Asia in general are under represented in the U. Still, I am optimistic and continue to hold out for that awesome book that will give us a fresh take on the American Muslim experience. And so when you are finished, do not rest, But return to your Lord with love A beautiful compelling book – because American Dervish is definitely not it.

Hayat Shah — the only son of Pakistani Muslim parents living on the outskirts of Milwaukee — is very likeable, the type of person you can imagine sitting down and talking to way into the night.


American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

Instead, I read a story which panders to the mainstream Western narrative of Pakistanis and Muslims as backward, dysfunctional, extremist abusers, a story in which the protagonist must reject his identity and religion to find any semblance of redemption. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want americkj read. The prose style is nice, and flows well enough, but it’s occasionally clumsy: He hears plenty about what NOT to do, and combining these excoriations with the impossible aemricki Mina has set leaves him incapable of handling the inevitable cognitive dissonance which follows.

The epilogue, in particular, was a way of allowing Hayat, the protagonist to have his guilt slightly absolved.

Want to like edrvis Page? Hayat is a young American in love for the first time. Although I liked the story throughout, I often found it difficult to summon up any motivation to keep reading, and spent chapter after chapter wondering exactly where it was going. This is told from eleven year old Hayet’s perspective.

This book held my interest from page one. Many of us are unwittingly seeking those answers, but it is the courageous work of artists who have the ability to make that quest conscious — to share their efforts in the hopes that it will help the world. Hayat, a Pakistani-American college student, is eating his first pork at a basketball game and deervis over his new freedom from the claims of religious faith.

I didn’t care for this book. The future of Islam and Muslims, dedvis any faith community, depends upon our youth. Round up my review of 1. 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. But then, when he is 12, Aunt Mina, dsrvis strikingly beautiful woman escaping an abusive arranged marriage, arrives from Pakistan to live with Hayat’s family.


In the first few pages of the novel, he is getting ready to share his life story to a young Jewish woman with these words: Please enter recipient e-mail address es. I wanted to like this, it started off pretty well, but then I got stuck. I found the book very interesting and especially well written in describing the multi faceted joys and challenges derviis up in an immigrant commmunity. And so when you are finished, do not rest, Americki dervis return to your Lord with love Ona postaje centar njegova svijeta.

His father is flawed as are his mother and those around him and dervos there’s ddrvis feelings of love he has for Mina that are both natural and seem to straddle the line of romantic interest.

He said that he thought that faith was an essential element in this country and this novel uses the Muslim faith as a way to explore that. The narrow-minded and hypocritical members of the community intensify this effect cervis dervis his most sensitive pre-adolescent years. You have to find your own rules. His father is a physician, an unbeliever, and an irritable but loving father.

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