Thursday, 14 March 2019

Books From The Backlog - Minaret by Leila Aboulela

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck and my review is on Literary Flits.

Next up is:


Minaret by Leila Aboulela

In her Muslim hijab, with her down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich London families whose houses she cleans. But twenty years earlier, it was a different story. Najwa was at university in Khartoum and, as an upper-class westernized Sudanese, and her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. However, those days of innocence came to an abrupt end and tough years followed. Now Najwa finds solace in her visits to the Mosque, the companionship of the Muslims she meets there, and in the hijab she adopts. Her dreams may have shattered, but her awakening to Islam has given her a different peace. Then Najwa meets a younger man and slowly they begin to fall in love.


I bought six books at the excellent Hope Association book fair back in May last year and Minaret is one of two that I still haven't read. Oops! It looks like a great story and Aboulela would be a Sudanese WorldReads selection so this book should definitely have already been devoured. What have I been waiting for?!

14 comments:

  1. I like the sound of this story. The internal struggles sound so tense.

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    1. Minaret has a lot going for it. I'm glad I put this one to the top of my list :-)

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  2. The synopsis sure draws you in and I enjoy character driven stories.

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    1. The characters are very well portrayed in this novel

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  3. Yes, it does sound like a captivating story and an emotional one.

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    1. It goes in a direction I didn't expect as well. And great to read a Muslim woman's story written by an ownvoices author

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  4. Sounds like an interesting story. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

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  5. Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it!

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  6. I can see why you want to read this. It sounds like it will be very good. I wouldn't mind reading it either now that you have brought it to my attention.

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    1. Having now read it myself, I'd recommend it!

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  7. This sounds really interesting, Stephanie Jane! I do need to try to pick up more diverse books. I hope you enjoy this one!

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    1. This is good and one that I think you would enjoy too, Carole

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