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on September 2, 2015
I loved reading this book, especially after reading her memoir, The Language of Baklava, as I could see her family amidst the characters in the story. Her descriptions of the marriage expectations for young Arab women was both telling and portrayed with such humor. My favorite Character was Melvina, the hard-nosed younger daughter who could speak so bluntly that I just had to laugh aloud. I will be seeking more of her books as she mixes love, humor and deep insight, all interwoven with her characters and stories.
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on March 24, 2013
Arabian Jazz is a look at life through the eyes of an almost thirty year-old Arabian/American woman searching for identity.

Diana Abu-Jaber writes of what it means to be Arabic, American, an immigrant, a daughter, and a woman trying to find her sense of place in the world and in an often-kooky family. This is done with humor, heart, and breath-stopping prose that are so lovely you will find yourself re-reading passages again and again to hear the rhythm of her language.

I think everyone has an Auntie Fatima, no matter which culture you come from. And I wish I had a Nassir in mine.

Like Abu-Jaber's other novels, she transports you into another culture. Her words are poetic and thought-provoking. It is a beautiful experience to read her writing.

Victoria Allman
author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
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on March 16, 2017
rather trite & disjointed, read for book group
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on July 22, 2003
Worth reading, though the first few pages (and some later) are extremely disappointing. Arabic names are mispronounced, the attempt at comedy is poor, and none of the characters are remotely sympathetic. As the book proceeds, we meet a very different kind of writing. Some of the passages in the book are exceptionally insightful and well written. For those passages it is well worth reading the book. I would rate the book between 1 and 5. It won't tell you much about Arab culture except in parody, but it portrays alienation and prejudice with candor and poignancy.
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on November 2, 2006
Interesting but not super as her novel Crescent was. Crescent was really a wonderful novel that I have given as a gift to many friends. I was hoping to feel this way about Arabian Jazz.
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