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The Burqa Master [Kindle Edition]

Cid Andrenelli
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Book Description

A satirical look at Sharia versus Humanity and how to make use of a burqa.
With irony and humour a fundamentalist Koran thumper comes face to face with the devil when his son-in-law converts to Buddhism and becomes a vegetarian.
How can he justify the stray dog that has wormed its way into his affections? And what to do with a son who's an unrepentant adulterer? In the end he has to face his own hypocrisy and past crimes, which ends in religious anarchy.

The Burqa master is a paradoxical drama and comedy following the lives of an Iranian father and son exiled in London.
The old man, a diabetic sugar addict is lost between
the mosque and Turkish delight. He shoots up insulin passing from stupor and self-pity to holy fervour, crashing about, shouting sermons and dropping syringes around the house.
His son Hamid, living the Muslim paradise here and now, tries to humour his father by working in the family shop and taking part in the dawn prayers accompanied by Muezzin chants on the ghetto blaster.
But Hamid also has a secret life recruiting female shop clients to sex sessions.
Disguised as a widow in a burqa he gives ‘English lessons’ to these Muslim housewives in the privacy of their bedrooms, while their husbands happily pay.
Hamid rescues a stray puppy. His father declares the dog is forbidden and to chuck him back out in the street, and so begins a daily battle which in the end the dog wins.
The precarious harmony between father and son is destroyed by a series of accidents which
are farcical yet tragic, causing the old man to relive a dark secret buried in his faded memories as he relives his own public flogging for a crime he'd commit again given the chance.

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  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Mary San Editions (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerisingly funny April 27, 2012
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A combination of Hamids exploits and his old mans fundamentalist religious beliefs entwine in an enthralling tale that mesmerises and makes it hard to put down. Initially skeptical on the novel play format, I found it an easy read and the style lent itself to the comical story line. Cid Andrenelli has succeeded in captivating her audience with endless laughter in relaying this family's quirks and idiosyncrasies as so many of our own families contain. Highly recommended and look forward to future tales.
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The Burqa Master by Cid Andrenelli is a satirical, tongue-in-cheek look at the lives of a multi-generational Persian family living in a cramped apartment in London. The comedy is told in the style of a play with literary elements of a novel. As a film maker myself and also having participated in theatrical productions in the past, I found the read to be quite entertaining.

The characters in the story are colourful and outrageous. From the old man, a diabetic religious man who spews out sermons to cleanse the unholiness surrounding him while his ghetto blaster blares out prayer chants; his son Hamid who devises a plan to make some money and have a little fun which involves wearing a Burqa dress (an outfit that covers a woman from head to toe--only revealing her eyes) while giving private "English" lessons to Iranian housewives; his son-in-law Abbas who proclaims that he has converted to Buddhism and obsesses with all things Japanese; his grandson Hosro who calls him Baba (Dad) and listens to his ranting and crazy schemes; and finally his pet dog Turin (later named Cyrus), an animal he declares are forbidden to have inside the house due to their religious beliefs-- only contradicting himself later when he proclaims that the dog is the only one who listens to him which is why he purchases a dog basket and permanently places it on top of Hamid's bed. The events that transpire are hilarious at times and sad at others. Although there is humour in the calamity that the old man finds himself in, we find later that there is a terrible event in his life, one that changed his and his family's life forever causing them to run away from their home in Tehran to England... a secret which he has been keeping from his children all these years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desire has no morality and no religion May 14, 2012
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The author decided to tell the same story two times. The novel introduce you to characters and their secrets, the play brings on stage the reality.
A sathyrical comedy , contemporaneous in which you recognize someone you may know in the characters. A family portrait in fact, to remind that desire doesn't have a morality neither religion.
Go for it !
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By Sarah
The format -- half play, half novel -- is unusual; the characters -- reminiscent of members of your own family -- are memorable; and the style -- ironical, farcical, and poignant -- is engaging. I think Ms. Andrenelli is on to something and would like to hear more from her. Molto benfatto!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and good humour April 28, 2012
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What a great perspective on the lives of immigrants in London. In a city housing so many immigrant families, it was enjoyable to be introduced to how one particular Iranian family live their lives. So often we see the the outside of people, rarely do we have such a unique view of the inside. I loved it for the juxtaposition of comedy and realism. It really made you feel like you were right there with them. Congrats Cid!
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I live between Italy and Sri-Lanka. Writer and artist. I love reading satire, plays, literary fiction and poetry and I'm interested in writing which highlights freedom and human rights with irony and humour. Best of all I like fiction that pushes the boundries; I use a fusion of literary styles in my writing combining narrative, poetry and play.

Some favourite writers:

Mo Yan- The Republic of Wine
William Burroughs- The Place of Dead Roads
Tennassee Williams- The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
Angela Carter- Tis Pity She's a Whore
John Fowles- The Magus
Michael Ontaatje- The English Patient

In my art work I use two mediums batik and oil painting, at present I am working on a collection of portraits of the most infamous Italian mafia bosses which can be seen on Saatchi online gallery. A novel I want to write in the future will be about Mafia boss Provenzano who was called The Tractor.
I've always been drawn to larger than life characters that are absurd and wicked, yet at the same time have a sentimental streak and soft side. Actions that shock make fascinating reading, and it's the rude and badly behaved I love to read and laugh about.
I hate social injustice and cruelty therefor I make fun of it; my pen is my weapon.

I have written several plays including 'The Uxoricide' (original title - Il caso di un uxoricida). A true story of a mysogynist who chopped his wife up and chucked her down the toilet at the end of the 19th century in Milan. I will be translating this into English set in modern day London with the original Italian version included. I have so many novels and plays I want to write; I love writing. Full stop.


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