Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits

Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits

Book - 2005
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"A dream of a debut, by turns troubling and glorious, angry and wise." --Junot Diaz

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco. As four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain, author Laila Lalami asks, What has driven them to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? There's Murad, a gentle, unemployed man who's been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who's fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife in hope of securing work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future. Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about what propels people to risk their lives in search of a better future.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565124936
Branch Call Number: F LAL NVD


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May 20, 2017

This novel tells the story of four migrants, from Morocco to Spain by boat, before and after their trip. Two stay in Spain, two are deported back, all are changed by the experience. Although this is a first book and it is a little black and white, Lalami can tell a story.

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