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Crossbones Hardcover – September 1, 2011

4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Past Imperfect Series

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Editorial Reviews

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"Often reads like a taut, tense thriller... a thought-provoking read as well as an absorbing look into a culture and a people in extreme circumstances." –The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Politically courageous and often gripping... Crossbones provides a sophisticated introduction to present-day Somalia, and to the circle of poverty and violence that continues to blight the country." –The New York Times Book Review

"Mesmerizing... A searing look at individuals caught in the chaos of anarchy." –The Daily Beast (Hot Reads)

"Harrowing without resorting to sensationalism, this highly topical final volume in Farahs's Past Imperfect trilogy should burnish his well-deserved reputation. It is dense, complex stuff, but his brave and imperfect characters are a pleasure to follow. [A] gripping but utterly humane thriller set in one of the least understood regions on earth." –Kirkus Reviews

"Farah writes enthrallingly about his native Somalia... Expect sharp insight into both human nature and secretarian strife, told in illuminating language free of cant." –Library Journal

"[Farah] writes beautifully and prolifically about his native Somalia." –TheMillions.com

About the Author

Nurudin Farah is the author of nine novels, including From a Crooked Rib, Links and his Blood in the Sun trilogy: Maps, Gifts, and Secrets. His novels have been translated into seventeen languages and have won numerous awards. Farah was named the 1998 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, "widely regarded as the most prestigious international literary award after the Nobel" (The New York Times). Born in Baidoa, Somalia, he now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with his wife and their children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594488169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594488160
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like books that take me to different places/times. This book is a remarkable insight into the conflicts in Somalia [Ethiopia, Eretria] from the vantage point of 3 Somalis who are U.S. citizens temporarily returning to Somalia for personal and professional reasons. The dangers they face from competing groups of Islamic extremists, warlords, assassins and foreign invaders are chilling. Especially enlightening was the description of Somali piracy operations and the plight of American youth recruited to join terrorist militants. The characters continuously confront the questions: whom can I trust, for whom/what am I willing to risk everything.
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This is a ravaging and yet beautiful book. Nuruddin Farah begins with a deep rich descriptive prose which is worth taking the time needed to fully appreciate. He then moves into faster narrative which sets out the human cry, the struggle to exist in social conflict where imams, warlords, invaders and the omnipotent USA vie for control, with indifference to any human ethic.

Farah also sets the pressing issue of Somalian sea piracy in context, arguing its root cause in the global exploitation of Somalia's fish stock, and claiming that the beneficiaries are not the pirates themselves, but financiers in the developed world.

For the ordinary person negotiating such social disruption, compromise is often unavoidable and outcomes terrible. But the human spirit, however thwarted, however distorted, dimmed and weakened, prevails. People can still care, can remain committed to each other, can show hospitality and generosity. Humanity can and does transcend its own social artefact.

Geoff Crocker Editor Atheist Spirituality web site
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Read it. Learn something about your world that you do not know.
We were unaware of the true plight of the Somalian people and this book is well researched and based on numerous articles as are listed in the appendix. We met the author who is a thoughtful and humorous speaker.

Somalia is in deep trouble and educating ourselves is a good start of how to help.
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A complex, tragic account of life in modern Somalia. I loved it. Farah is a great writer and he's done a fantastic job of portraying his characters. The author bleeds both grief and love for his homeland. I've read this book as a part of my attempt to read a number of African novels this year. This is the first one, and I'm simply blown away! Even though this book weighs in at 400 pages, at no point did I find the narrative tedious or dull.
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