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Ali and Nino: A Love Story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    A masterpiece!

    This is a gorgeous love story with East meets West at the start of the First World War. The descriptions, the feelings, the love are all superb. A literary piece that has endured.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    love story?????

    Great book if you want to read all about Eastern people and their culture. But a love story? From the very beginning, Ali and Nino are in love. That's about it. It's just given that they are crazy about each other. The two main characters were shallow and boring. The writing wasn't that great. I'm sorry. My girlfriend and I read this book together thinking it would move us, and both of us were extremely disappointed. It may be a love story in a different country and a different time, yes. But we both found the book boring and a waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    some words about author

    It is really very beautiful love story and besides this it shows us the hard times of Eastern people in the period of WW1 and Russian revolution.What comes about author-there is still some discussions about it-as many people in Azerbaijan think that the real author is Yusif Vazir Camanzade,another novelist of that period(by the way,he has a little story about love between azeri and georgian),some others think it is that jewish man.But the names of people,especially the millioners are real-there lived such people in Azerbaijan and even Ilyas xan himself was real person and he died as I know when russians established soviet government in Azerbaijan.I think Ali himself is a real person from family Shirvanshah,an old family that ruled in ancient Azerbaijan(but it is my version,not official).Though I reallly don't know who wrote it,but for a foriegner who lived in Azerbaijan it is too good(knowing all traditions and love the country).Maybe the jewish man read a diary of a 'real Ali' or something like this.But anyway,I recommend everyone interested in East and West differences read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004


    There is a documentry about the author out in Holland now, called Alias Kurban Said. It traces the mystery around the identity of Kurban Said. There are various stories around his background, he may not even be the Juwish Lev Naussimbaum. His name, political background, religion and economical position vary in every story. The Dutch film is shown in the (Dutch) cinema's this november. It is a contribution to your reading pleasure, while the novel is the knot where everything comes together. Director: Jos de Putter. Title: Alias Kurban Said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    East meets West in a great love story

    It is a very great love story. And it's not just a love story. You learn a lot about the Muslim culture, the tradition, the thoughts of Muslim men, and some Persian history. Being a woman, I felt uneasy reading certain parts of the novel, but it was a candid portrayal of women by Muslim men. Given the situation and their backgrounds, Ali proved to be a good man, husband, soldier, and loyal to his homeland. Similarly, I was very happy to find that Nino never lost her self-dignity and remained true to her values while respecting Ali's as well. Their love was stronger than the cultural barriers that separated them. Interestingly enough, due to much civil unrest, young Ali and Nino were forced to make more adjustments to their lives than most people ever would in their very short life together. Also, the descriptions of the landscape and the day-to-day lives are so vivid that it helped me visualize life in such an unknown place to me. The translation is a bit weak in certain parts, but aside from that, it makes a great novel to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Rediscover a forgotten classic

    Quite simply, this relatively short novel is one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. Ali Khan and Princess Nino, the title lovers, are sympathetic characters who seem to have stepped out of a fairy tale at times. Indeed, the story itself often reads like a fairy tale. Regardless of the author's true identity, Kurban Said writes like no other novelist of that era; the writing borders on poetry in its expressive power and sheer beauty. Yet, like other great love stories, this one is deceptively simple, too. Ali and Nino become emblems of their respective cultures and worldviews (Muslim vs. Christian, East vs. West, Tradition vs. Progress), and their tragic story is wrenching in its profundity and in its continued relevance to our own times. Only Graman's translation (from the 1970's) comes off as less than completely effective; perhaps it is time for another English version.

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