A Riffian's Tune: An Autobiographical Novel

A Riffian's Tune: An Autobiographical Novel

by Joseph M Labaki

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Deep in the heart of the rural Rif mountains of Morocco, one's boy's life is dictated by tribal tradition, superstition and religion. But Jusef dreams of more; it's a dream that will send him far from his shepherding hills to the bustle of the big city in search of education, meaning and, above all, a different way of life.

From the richness of a story overflowing with tales of tragedies, courage and triumphs, Jusef's journey reveals the complexities of Moroccan culture and the overwhelming restraints facing those on the fringes.

As the country questions its identity in the fading period of colonial rule, one Berber boy must also challenge who he is and who he is meant to be - as he discovers in the fight against adversity, dreams might not be enough..

'A Riffian's Tune' is an autobiographical novel about forging your own path, the power of hope, and daring to step into the labyrinth of life - no matter what.

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ISBN-13: 9780992648428
Publisher: eBookPartnership.com
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Moroccan-born JOSEPH M LABAKI has earned two PhD’s – one from University of Louvain, Belgium and one from Southampton University – as well as an Aggregation from University of Louvain and a BD from Edinburgh University in Scotland. As Professor du Chair at Rabat University, he penned an academic treatise, Inconscient et Sexualite, on phenomenological research of Merleau-Ponty. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife and two daughters. A Riffian’s Tune is his first, and largely autobiographical, novel; like Jusef, the main character, he dreamed of a better life.

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READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
This book was written in the form of an autobiographical novel, some of it is true and some fiction. The main character Jusef was born in 1950 but throughout the book there are no dates or time periods to follow making it impossible to follow his age or how long events such as his schooling took. This read is a very sad look into the lives of the people of Morrocco. The children have no childhood and go to work as soon as they are physically able to do a job. If a male child like Jusef insisted on attending school, he would be required to leave and make his own way at such a young age. Not having a time frame made it hard yet I am sure he started living on his own even before puberty. For females, they are sold off to a husband and his family making her their property. Females are abused, raped, only their hymen has any worth. That has not changed in the Arabic culture. This book has a great prose yet the story dragged in many parts. The most inspiring aspect of the book are the hopes and wants the male children have for a better life  beyond anything else, I ever read or seen. They will live in squalor, be malnourished, doing whatever it takes to survive obtaining themselves a better place in this world. Multiple aspects of the story are left unanswered. The book just comes to an end with no real conclusion. After reading and getting to know the main character you as a reader will be able to construct yourself a proper conclusion. This would be a favorable book for readers who are interested in that culture or wants to know about how that culture lives.