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One Hundred and One Nights: A Novel Paperback – December 1, 2011
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"Benjamin Buchholz's brilliant debut offers a powerful look at life in war-torn Iraq. Stocked with finely-drawn characters and political intrigue, One Hundred and One Nights blows down the highway with all the furious momentum of an army convoy while delivering its real prize: a heart-wrenching story of love and loss and redemption."―Zoë Ferraris, author of City of Veils
"An eye-level view of war-ravaged Iraq with a story that centers around lost relationships, longing and regret....[Buchholz] clearly has an eye for detail; the book boils with observations on the culture and daily life of the residents of Safwan and Baghdad. The author is an astute observer, turning sights, sounds and smells into eloquent snips of the lives of a people who have sustained great loss and devastation. Buchholz's prose is vivid."―Kirkus
"[One Hundred and One Nights] is an intimate view of the war in Iraq as seen through the eyes of one deeply troubled man. Beautifully written, it is a complex yet simple tale of friendship and love, betrayal and sacrifice, and hatred and evil. An important glimpse into a world few of us know or understand."―Booklist, Carol Gladstein
"A seductive, compelling first novel that depicts war as intimate and subtle. [Buchholz] captures the distant rumbling of a Humvee, the dappled shadow left by a passing soldier and the ordinary dramas of sibling rivalry and unrequited love....This novel carries a strong sense of place and time that comes from personal familiarity....[It] draws readers deeply into the suffering that has colored the country's recent history."―Masha Hamilton, The Wall Street Journal
"Tell the world about this book.... [ONE HUNDRED AND ONE NIGHTS] is undeniably a moving, evocative gem....Behind brutality of war and inescapable violence of Hezbollah and jihadists is the demand of love--the main impetus driving this story....It is amazing how a story set in the Middle East but written by an American can feel so real, as though every scene depicted is a scene witnessed and then etched in Buchholz's mind, there to be concocted with many others to form this novel....So eloquently does it depict the lives of ordinary Iraqi people, so lyrical is its prose, and so mysteriously engaging is its story that I can't call this book anything other than a true gem."―Abby Wong, The Star Online (Malaysia)
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It really haunted my dreams. I don't suggest reading it before sleeping if you take your characters and their actions with you as you snooze. That being said I need to read it again as this is one of those books that will improve upon a second or perhaps third reading. War, no matter its root cause, does so much damage to individuals and that damage is the soul of this book. Good people can be driven to horrific acts by the repeated acts upon them. Unyielding cultural and religious dogma add fuel to a fire. And it is not one sided.
I don't want to explore the book too much because it was so not what I was expecting and I don't want to take that away from the next reader. It is a well written novel with characters that for the most part are clearly defined. The story moves along in the somewhat present day with flashbacks to the past. The plot is not fully understood until about halfway through the book which was quite a feat! And even then there were parts left hanging until the very end. This is why I feel it will improve upon another read - that foreknowledge of the ending will cause certain actions to make sense.
I do recommend this book for a peak into the world of Iraq after the second Gulf War. It was not an easy read as I wrote above but it was an excellent one.
One Hundred and One Nights starts off slow, but the pace really does pick up quite quickly. Abu Saheeh returns to a small town in Iraq after over a decade of living in America. There are obvious parts of his American life that he just can not leave behind, even though he tries his best to become a simple mobile phone salesman in Safwan, Iraq. Everything from his American life suddenly comes back though when he meets a girl, Layla.
Layla is a street rat, but she has taken an interest in our mobile phone salesman and visits him nightly. She talks of American things; songs of aliens, dancing like Brittany Spears, and other ideas that would be considered vulgar in her culture. Abu Saheeh takes a very dear liking to this girl and she not only becomes important to him emotionally, but mentally as well.
Through out the book Abu Saheeh's life as an American is shown through flashbacks at the ends of the chapters. It is very interesting to see how his present day life is related to these flashbacks. About halfway through the book you start to understand a bit more about what exactly is going on plot wise. Some of the twists and turns in the plot were very unexpected, but very welcome!
I loved this book even though I thought it was going to be slow moving. Once the pace picked up I just couldn't stop reading it.Read more ›
(This review first appeared at Brazen Broads' Book Bash)
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Abu Saheeh, so he is known, appears in the small border town of Safwan. Under the patronage of a local Sheikh, Abu Saheeh sets up shop as a merchant, and so begin the nightly visitations of a young girl, Layla. Poor and dirty, lively Layla reminds the troubled Saheeh of happier times, of unfullfilled dreams, of unmeted justice. Quickly, the ominous shadow of tragedy taints Abu Saheed's every endeavor.
Navigating the intricate relationships of Southern Iraq, old time tradition blending quietly, necessarily, with changing leadership, Saheeh balances strength with respect and seeks to fulfill his purpose while maintaining the illusion woven about his presence.
Eerily poetic, One Hundred And One Nights held me captive throughout Abu Saheeh's dark and perilous journey. From resignation to acceptance, acceptance to hope, hope to despair, and despair to vengence, Saheeh embarks on an elusive path toward justice, a path he may never find.
I enjoyed this novel. Buchholz crafted wonderful, fluid characters that shifted and changed as the story progressed, reshaping my ideas about them, my feelings toward them chapter by chapter until the climactic ending. Fabulous! I was disappointed with Buchholz' ambiguity about Saheeh's grasp on reality at the novel's conclusion and the existence or non-existence of Abd al-Rahim, who was an important pillar on which Saheeh's actions rested.
One Hundred And One Nights stands alone in my mind, apart from my regular reads, but I'm glad to have read it. I've nothing to compare it to, no category in which to neatly tuck it away.Read more ›
I agree with the first commenter, you may have to read a second time. How many works of modern fiction can you say that about? It was slow in portions but when everything is revealed it takes off at lightning speed. Definitely want to read the next work. Very talented writer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't finished this book yet but it is a page turner. I read this book every chance I get. It is an easy read and a very good read.Published on August 11, 2013 by Wahiba
After 13 years in America, Abu Saheeh has returned to his native Iraq, a nation transformed by the American military presence. Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Lori Caswell/Dollycas
A great novel with excellent character development. The Iraqi perspective is unique and gives a rare look into life and relationships in a country with a military presence.Published on January 29, 2012 by Krisat
A Hundred and One Nights is a fearless and seductive piece of ventriloquism by a storyteller in full command of his craft. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Hillary Jordan
I stand in awe for this story is not only hauntingly a part of actuality in Iraq, but as written by a Westerner, it is breathtaking! Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Noelle the Dreamer
One Hundred and One Nights is one of those books that just stays with the reader long after the book has been read. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Great story that leaves you wanting more. Gives insight into a different culture and surprised me at the end! Loved it!Published on December 7, 2011 by Emily