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"One Hundred and One Nights is a fearless and seductive piece of ventriloquism by a storyteller in full command of his craft. Written in spare, lyrical prose from the point of view of an Iraqi doctor haunted by violence, this first novel is a spike in the heart, a powerful testimony to the insanity of war and the undeniable demands of love."―Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and When She Woke

"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)

About the Author

Benjamin Buchholz is the author of a book entitled Private Soldiers about his Wisconsin National Guard unit the year-long deployment to southern Iraq. He was stationed with his family in Oman from 2010 to 2011 and currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is pursuing a graduate degree in Middle East Security Studies. One Hundred and One Nights is his first novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1 Original edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316133779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316133777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book haunts me.
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.
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I want to first start off by saying a few things about this book. First of all, it is not what I expected- at all. Second, there are so many little parts that give away secrets to the main plot that I don't want to go into a ton of detail. The story itself seemed like it was going to be one of those long, drawn out, never-gets-to-the-point kind of stories. I was happily mistaken by this idea!

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.
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Brazen Review ~ One Hundred And One Nights: A Novel, Benjamin Buchholz
(This review first appeared at Brazen Broads' Book Bash)

My Thoughts -

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.
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It's weird, because I can't write "Oh this book was GREAT!" It's just not that kind of book. This is deep, intriguing, sad, suspenseful... excellent. This really explores the complexities of M.E. societal norms vs American culture, the impact of war on the fighter and family, and loss of love(d ones) (several kinds).

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.
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