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Leaving Tangier: A Novel Paperback – March 31, 2009
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Each of the characters in this book--Azel, the handsome and well-educated young man who moves to Barcelona to become the companion of a wealthy gay Spaniard; Kenza, Azel's sister who leaves Morocco in pursuit of the perfect romance that might provide equality and security; Malika, the teenage girl who dreams of personal independence but is forced to leave school to work in a frigid canning plant; Mohammed Larbi, who because he attempts to help a young woman matched for marriage with an old man, disappears into a jihadist training camp in Pakistan; and Nazim, the Turk, who is exiled to Spain by gamblers to whom he owes more money than he can repay and ruins his own life, that of his Turkish family and ultimately, of Kenza, who believes him to embody her dream of the perfect mate--face enormous odds against success, but they all have an unusual degree of personal courage that pushes them to attempt a leap into a better life.Read more ›
Azel, a well educated 24 year old Moroccan, becomes involved with Miguel, a very rich Spanish Art Dealer. Initially set in Tangier, the latter part of the book is set in Barcelona. Particularly well drawn out is Azel's conflict between his love for women and being kept by a gay man. There is much to savour from this book as it reveals so much of what living in another country is like for people whose own upbringing, customs and traditions differ so much.
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The Moroccans look with longing from Tangier at Tarifa with the desire to set foot on. This wistfulness expressed by the everyday life which mainly tends to survive, as the great... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Morgentau
This was a great book about being gay in other countries and like many gay people here and in many other situations as well, thinking the grass is always greener on the other side. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Gary M. Anderson
Settling into the book was easy enough with writing that sets the scenes well but the characters were difficult to engage with. Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Michael E. Tatham
This sounded as though it would be great---and it may be great in the original, but I found the translation very awkward. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Mountain Mama Studio