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Review Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Download ó 2 Man Booker International Prize finalist Brave and ingenious The New York Times Gripping darkly humorousprofound Phil Klay bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment ExtraordinaryA devastating but essential read Kevin Powers bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Yellow Birds From the rubble strewn streets of US occup. I have never given a 1 star rating until now But this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read and the reasons for this are numerous The author deserves this low rating for having wasted 8 hours of my lifeNote I only bought and read this book because it was my book club s pick for the month Even then I barely made it through the entire book I was honestly tempted on several occasions to abandon it completely it was that painful The first 50% is akin to plodding through mud mixed with molasses Numerous times I lost concentration and had to reread many sentences Like I said it was painful It somewhat picks up the pace in the second half but it is then that you notice how truly bad it is as the style and plot or lack thereof become noticeableFirstly the writing is beyond poor It has absolutely no soul It is flat simplistic with staccato like sentences This novel reads like an accountant s summary report than a novel Not being able to read it in the original Arab language I cannot say whether this is due to a poor translation or the author s actual lack of any writing talent But either way the phrasing is awkward almost on par with a Google Translate experience It is full of abrupt cuts and poor transitions As an example the protagonist enters a room in a brothel and in the next paragraph he exits the brothel no description no plot development Another example he is riding in a car with another character Nawal and in the next paragraph they are in a hotel cafeteria with no transition or explanation how they got thereSecondly and unforgivably the plot structure itself is a mess The story D R A G S in the beginning half then whisks by in the final 20% making you feel the author himself got bored with the whole mess or else was on a tight deadline to his publisher and just wanted or was forced to wind everything up asap In fact he was in such a hurry to wrap things up that he forgot all about the wooden panel that was found behind the Virgin statue at Hadi s place a plot point touched upon several times leading one to believe it was something of significance but I guess notThe author has no notion of time structure a thread of narrative rambles on into the future then in the next paragraphsection again without any transition jumps back to some previous pointThirdly there is zero character development I ve read books where robots had personality than any of the characters in this book And purely as an observation the only women in the book continue to perpetuate the female Arab stereotypes the stupid rambling old woman the whore the conniving yet guileless businesswoman whore Although to be fair the men are not much fleshed outThe I assume main character Mahmoud al Sawadi would appear to be the alter ego of the author Ahmed Saadawi Mahmoud being a derivation of Ahmed and Sawadi being almost an anagram of Saadawi and as such gets the most character development But even then he remains a bland unformed creature not much different at the end of the book from what he was at the beginningI totally fail to see how it won any let alone top awards The only even remotely plausible explanation I can think of is that someone had to have a token Arab work in their repertoire because there can be no other explanation

Review Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel

Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel

Review Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Download ó 2 Ied Baghdad Hadi a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse His goal he claims is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial But when the corpse goes missing a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city and reports stream in of a horrendous lookin. A must read The surreal elements used to convey the politically relevant commentary uniuely brings to light the complexity of a region often viewed stereotypically This book will leave you thinking It will leave you wanting someone else you know to read it so that you can verbally process the profound journey Saadawi took you onRemember this novel is translated and a lot is lost in translation This should not be viewed as the fault of an author or a translator but rather viewed with appreciation that s English audiences have a small gateway into Irai and Arabic literature For people less familiar with Irai names and those who struggle with numerous characters there is a handy character list provided at the beginning of the novel with a brief description of who they are De l'Alsace novel is translated and a lot is lost in translation This should L'alsace et les combats des vosges 1914-1918 not be viewed as the fault of an author or a translator but rather viewed with appreciation that s English audiences have a small gateway into Irai and Arabic literature For people less familiar with Irai ELSASS OBERRHEIN-ELSASSER WEINSTRASE (WANDERFUHRER) names and those who struggle with Anjou : maine-et-loire : cadre naturel, histoire, art, litterature... numerous characters there is a handy character list provided at the beginning of the Anjou : Au fil de l'eau et de l'histoire novel with a brief description of who they are

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Review Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Download ó 2 G criminal who though shot cannot be killed Hadi soon realizes he's created a monster one that needs human flesh to survive first from the guilty and then from anyone in its path A prizewinning novel by Baghdad's new literary starThe New York Times Frankenstein in Baghdad captures with white knuckle horror and black humor the surreal reality of contemporary Ira. Baghdad in the early years of the American occupation terror and sectarian violence reign supreme suicide bombings happen daily and the number of casualties mounts by the hour A junk dealer collects and sews together the unclaimed body parts of terrorist victims in the hope of giving them a proper burial But just as he sews on the last part the Frankensteinish patchwork of organs is reanimated by the wandering soul of another bombing fatality The desperate longing of the old lady next door then gives it a drive and a purpose to avenge the various victims that make up its body before it rots awayBecause of the noble nature of its uest Whatsitsname as the junk dealer calls the creature attracts despite its horrific appearance numerous supporters and even disciples In a city as torn apart by violence as this one even a monster can obviously turn into a hero And as it incorporates parts of people from all of Ira s ethnicities tribes races and social classes which until now have always proven impossible to unite Whatsitsname becomes in the name of one of its disciples and with a lot of irony from the author the first true Irai citizen But as time goes by and Whatsitsname keeps replacing its rotting body parts with new ones many of which belong to criminals rather than victims the creature also changes from an avenger of justice to a bloodthirsty villain that readily kills innocents just to procure new body parts and prolong its existence And so Whatsitsname turns from a symbol of hope for Baghdad into a scourge and its easy self perpetuating evil becomes a brilliant allegory of the senselessness of war which also usually starts for a noble cause and then uickly erodes into meaningless bloodshedIf this looks like a story you would like to read you are not alone there I would like that too Because however potent and captivating it is Whatsitsname s tale is unfortunately not really what Frankenstein in Baghdad is about The creature s story takes up very little of the novel s bulk Whatsitsname is given a voice of its own for only a very short time which is still arguably the best part of the novel and is instead only referenced indirectly in the tales of the other charactersWhat Frankenstein in Baghdad does instead is provide alternate glimpses of the lives of several people from Ira s different ethnic and socioeconomic groups and of Whatsitsname s impact on them The point of view keeps jumping back and forth from one character to another events tend to be told several times from several different perspectives until what has really happened is cast into doubt and the plot meanders sometimes moving at a speed that can only be described as glacial if at allI have seen a lot of opinions of this peculiar style of writing from explaining it away as a veritable portrayal of Ira s fractured society to simply calling it lazy or mediocre What matters the most is whether it actually works for the novel or not And the truth is that sometimes it does but sometimes it really doesn t There were times when I was absolutely engrossed in the book and other times when I was so bored that I thought about ditching it In the end the only definite thing I can say about Frankenstein in Baghdad is that it offers a very interesting insight into a society I have known very little about until now while the idea itself about the monster vigilante turned villain albeit brilliant has a somewhat flawed execution