Monday, January 2, 2012

Musing Mondays- The First Book for 2012

This week’s musing asks…
What is/are the first book(s) you’re reading for the new year?

Well, I just finished John Crowley's Little, Big, and I think I want a shorter and less fantastical novel as a follow-up, so I'm going to read Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North. In 2009 I read The Wedding of Zein, which I really loved, and while this one doesn't seem to have Zein's comic angle it's been described in 2001 as "the most important Arab novel of the twentieth century" by a panel of Arab critics and writers.

It's about a young man who returns to Sudan after spending some years studying in Europe; in his village he meets a man, a stranger to him, with his own tales of woe concerning time he spent in Europe- his career, his friends and his love affairs. The man's story unsettles the younger man; the older man then disappears leaving the younger to look after his wife.

It's a fairly short book and I'm confident I'll enjoy it. Of course I'll let you know!

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