The Angels Die by Yasmina Khadra


27134639

I have long been a fan of Yasmina Khadra, whose books usually give one a realistic look at Arab culture and family life, alongside the cultural oppression and fundamental extremism that has saturated their daily lives.  This book takes us back a bit further than others I have read.

The Angels Die is set in 1920s and 1930s Algeria during a time when French colonials ruled over the Arab nation and the native population has been decimated by a century of bloody conquest and rampant disease.  Those born in Algeria are treated as if they are foreigners in their own land.  The French live in luxury while the Algerians live in squalor.

Twenty-seven year old Turambo grew up in a shanty town in Oran.   Turambo tells us of his life growing up in Oran where he constantly rages at the unfairness of life.  But Turambo’s willful spirit doesn’t allow him to give up his dream of a better future.  At home, he is embarrassed by and resentful of his father, while he longs for an unspoken but promising love with his cousin Nora.  When Turambo finds an unlikely friend in a French boy, Gino, who cares for a sick mother, he begins to take refuge from his life in Gino’s apartment.  As Turambo grows from a boy to a man, he is sure that his chance to become a boxer is his way out of the harsh life he was brought up in.  He will make a success of himself, win the girl he loves and show the oppressors that Algerians are a proud and indomitable people.  But Turambo’s rage at all the inequities of the world could very well cause him to be his own worst enemy.

Maybe you can tell that this book caused me to take a little look at the history of Algeria.  Khadra continues to educate me each time I read one of his books.  The history of Algeria is both tragedy and triumph at different times as is so much of the world.  IMHO, we need to continue translating all authors of this caliber.

small ghostsmall ghostsmall ghost

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

A Better Man

Make a Start

A LIBRARY IN MY LUGGAGE

About books and beauty around us.

NASTY GAL BOOK REVIEWS

FINE FRESH FIERCE WE GOT IT ON LOCK

feministwithabooklist

A blog in which I post irregularly about books I sometimes read.

Charleigh Writes

Home of the curious writer; changing the world one book at a time

Reading Recluses

Book reviews for all the recluses

Uncommonly Bound

An Unlikely Book Review Blog

Klorrie Notes

Book Reviews, Stories, Poetry and Nonsense

Sprinkles of Dreams

reading. writing. dreaming.

that thorn guy

The unofficial website of Mark Lawrence

The BookNook UK

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book - Dr. Seuss

BlackScribe

Books written by black authors

Off To The Bookstore

To Read or not to Read

Books of Magic

A Book Review Blog

Behind the Tinted Glass

Beauty. Elegance. Luxury.

Lost in Words

A million books and one girl

Bernard's Book Blog

- Reviews, Rants, & Raves -

A Better Man

Make a Start

A LIBRARY IN MY LUGGAGE

About books and beauty around us.

NASTY GAL BOOK REVIEWS

FINE FRESH FIERCE WE GOT IT ON LOCK

feministwithabooklist

A blog in which I post irregularly about books I sometimes read.

Charleigh Writes

Home of the curious writer; changing the world one book at a time

Reading Recluses

Book reviews for all the recluses

Uncommonly Bound

An Unlikely Book Review Blog

Klorrie Notes

Book Reviews, Stories, Poetry and Nonsense

Sprinkles of Dreams

reading. writing. dreaming.

that thorn guy

The unofficial website of Mark Lawrence

The BookNook UK

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book - Dr. Seuss

BlackScribe

Books written by black authors

Off To The Bookstore

To Read or not to Read

Books of Magic

A Book Review Blog

Behind the Tinted Glass

Beauty. Elegance. Luxury.

Lost in Words

A million books and one girl

Bernard's Book Blog

- Reviews, Rants, & Raves -

Lady Bibliotaph

♡♡♡

Christy Lau

"The true alchemists change the world into words."

Letters from Alaska

News and Notes from Eowyn Ivey, Author of "The Snow Child"

RABIA RAMBLES

Ramblings About Beauty, Lifestyle & Everything In Between!

%d bloggers like this: