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However, with some I felt that the “juiced up” versions of these people resulted in their becoming caricatures e. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true.

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American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

I breathed again and listened more deeply. Shortly before Mina’s death, Hayat visits her in the hospital amerjcki where he finds her delighting in the Scott Fitzgerald quotation she’d found in his published letters — and confesses how he ruined her life.

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. Truly with hardship comes ease.


Translated by, Tina Antonini. The family are Americki dervis and Muslim, but do not really practice their faith. With Hayat’s Westernised family lacking in any strong religious convictions, it falls to Mina to teach him about Islam, and a combination of youthful confusion and his Told mostly in flashbacks to the early s, this coming-of-age novel focuses on Hayat Shah, a young Pakistani boy growing up in the American suburbs. Its characters amerocki multi-dimensional and believably flawed, and the writing is exquisite.


It’s a story about a Muslim-American family during the 80’s and particularly derviss young boy, Hayat.

This story is never stagnant. They understand how to let a woman be a woman, to let her take care of them. But where Portrait of the Artist is almost solipsistic in the narrator’s focus upon himself, American Dervish ‘s primary focus returns repeatedly to an older woman: This is not a novel meant to foment debate and yet I do feel it can be challenging to be a truth-teller in any culture. A beautiful compelling book – because American Dervish is definitely not it. The tone is didactic and moralistic.

Instead, I read a story which panders to the mainstream Western narrative of Pakistanis and Muslims as backward, dysfunctional, extremist abusers, a story in which the protagonist must reject his identity and religion to find any semblance of redemption.

She contantly reminds Hayat that forms of worship aren’t important to God, what’s important are the intentions of his heart. And this is why I am telling you — amidst all the noise, all of the drama, if you are quiet you will find there are people making works of goodwill.

I wanted to hear him drevis Mina about the fourth surahwhich exhorts men to beat their wives if they do not obey, and the other passages with which he struggles as he encounters them in less thoughtful circumstances.

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Aunt Mina – is dervs religious and teaches Hayat the value of Islam. Boy undergoes various family or other personal conflicts to emerge with less-naive but still deeply personal connection to cultural heritage and defines his own relationship to his faith perhaps influenced by a ‘s America obsessed with independence of spirit.


With hardship comes ease! His mother has little interest in religion as such, but clings to the traditions of Islam out of homesickness for the Pakistani Punjab.

Ivy-educated, actor, playwright and student of Sufi masters! His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight americki dervis things he ameicki too young to understand. Mina becomes a mentor to Hayat in his study of the Quran.

The characters are not human people but plot devices.


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.

I found American Dervish a pleasurable enough read: While the message of Islam is universal, the Muslims are not monolithic. American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. No one seems to want to hear that other American Muslim experience, the one that doesn’t jibe with the narrative that has already been told.

And believe me, Akhtar, who teaches acting at a fancy school in Vienna and has degrees from Columbia and Brown could definitely have gone there.