The Sand Child

The Sand Child

by Tahar Ben Jelloun
     
 

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"Ben Jelloun, a writer of much originality, succeeds brilliantly in infusing his story with a melancholy that attaches itself not just to Ahmed but also to the Arab world." -- Chicago Tribune

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"Ben Jelloun, a writer of much originality, succeeds brilliantly in infusing his story with a melancholy that attaches itself not just to Ahmed but also to the Arab world." -- Chicago Tribune

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Library Journal
The Moroccan author here tells the unusual story of Mohammed Ahmed, who, though born a girl, is raised as a boy by her father in an attempt to spare her the life of virtual slavery suffered by her sisters. The story begins with 1985's The Sand Child and concludes with 1987's Sacred Night. As Ahmed matures, she sheds her disguise and attempts life as a traditional Islamic woman. Definitely not your average coming-of-age story. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Chicago Tribune
Ben Jelloun, a writer of much originality, succeeds brilliantly in infusing his story with a melancholy that attaches itself not just to Ahmed but also to the Arab world.
Washington Post Book World
Mythic, symbolic, at times even highly poetic…At the center of this magical tale the question of gender (and the tangential problems of race and culture) predominates…The ending is absolutely startling.
Times Literary Supplement
Hauntingly poetic and original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345357106
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/13/1989
Pages:
176

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Meet the Author

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1944 and has lived in France since 1971. An internationally recognized novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist, Ben Jelloun has received numerous awards for his works, including the Prix Maghreb, the Prix des Hemispheres, and the Legion of Honor. His books include Solitaire, Silent Day in Tangier, With Downcast Eyes, Corruption, and Racism Explained to My Daughter. He is also a regular contributor to Le Monde. In 1987, he was awarded the Prix Goncourt for his novel The Sacred Night, also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.

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