A Palace in the Old Village

A Palace in the Old Village

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Mohammed has spent the past forty years working in France. As he approaches retirement, he takes stock of his life, his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children, and decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come be with him. A heartbreaking novel about parents and children, A Palace in the Old Village captures the sometimes stark contrasts between old and new-world values, and an immigrant's abiding pursuit of home.--From back cover.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780143118473
Branch Call Number: F BENJE-T
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda


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Jan 22, 2012

This book reads like the collected transcript of three years of performances by a failed stand-up comedian. The main character, a Muslim work immigrant to France from Morocco is unimaginatively named Mohammed. The author grapples with big issues but the writing doesn't develop beyond vignettes and escape from stereotypes. How could this book be an "international bestseller" as claimed on the cover?

Jan 16, 2012

This is first book I read by this author. I am most impressed. When you read this book, the feelings get right through your bones ...


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