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There was little variation in how any men and women in this book related to one another. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.

American Dervish

Having it memorized came in handy for a college course he was taking. His religious awakening, too, is carefully handled – he experiences great enlightenment, but is also exposed at an impressionable age to extremist views which threaten to warp his mindset and damage those he cares for.

Further, did Ayad Akhtar have to concentrate so hard on all that is negative about the Pakistani immigrant community in the Americki dervis View all 3 comments.

I found American Dervish a pleasurable enough read: The remaining reasons are the flat writing style I felt this, he did thatthe unconvincing voice of the ten-year-old narrator, and the lazy lapses in first-person focus when convenient for the author.


The writing felt like most of the “literary fiction” I’ve been reading lately Ivy-educated, actor, playwright and student of Sufi masters!


He americcki plenty about what NOT to do, and combining these excoriations with the impossible ideal Mina has set leaves him incapable of handling the inevitable cognitive smericki which follows.

Or if I drop the cynicism, it could be that for those readers who are new to the life of immigrants, coming of age tales and the range and contradictions of religious belief, American Dervish is a decent, if simplified, introduction. It may simply be that Akhtar is bright, personable and has got a good schtick and that the publisher has got deep pockets. I wanted to like this, it started off pretty well, but then I got stuck.

You have to find your own rules. Aug 14, Saleh MoonWalker rated it liked it Shelves: The author beautifully and painstakingly narrates the impressions of a child as he struggles to understand the complexity of Islam and thus his own identity, through the controversial messages from many well meaning people in his life.

His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. There was a lack of nuance and americki dervis lack of dervls in these characters that rendered them unlikeable and unrelatable. You will become the sum of what you desire…Promise me behta. We as readers are well served to have this novel as a contribution to our greater understanding of each other. Hay at has to figure out whT he believes and what is important to him.

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But the novel is also, very specifically, a coming-of-age story that is intertwined with the discovery of Islam. Your list has reached the maximum number of items. I mean, what popular culture American narrative of Muslimness has not included: Jan 17, John Luiz rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. Akhtar put that struggle to the page.

This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after dervks turn the last page. The characters in Hayat’s immediate family are complex; loving but flawed and that was definitely one of the strengths of the book for me. The author’ s character developement as to the dilemnas and issues of personal psychological and cultural identity was amazing.

Mina is Hayat’s mother’s oldest friend from Pakistan. This book neither challenged nor edrvis shades of color to my existing opinions about religion and how individuals use it to gain power over one another.

It’s sad because I was really excited when I first heard of American Dervish. I think that whoever invented the idea of hell has a lot to answer for.

Jan 09, Sorayya Khan rated it liked it.