What a fascinating story of religious fundamentalism. Though the main characters are Muslim, it also includes Christians and Jews and how fundamentalism in any of these can have very negative consequences. In addition, it is a coming-of-age story by the main character, Hayat. The narration is what made this book come alive for me. Akhtar was able to include various Pakistani English accents so that I had a real sense of individuals. This could be a great book club choice since there is so much to discuss regarding religious outlook and concepts of God.
I love well written books and moving narrators! I am a realism SCI-FI buff. I find non-mushy romance intertwined in a story appealing.
Yes, especially to recapture the nuance of religious history, teaching, beliefs, convictions and the spirit of life dancing throughout harsh reality, innocence, injustice and endings.
The complicated relationship between the beautiful woman, Mina and naive, soul-seeking, Hayat.
His voice capsulated me and I was there!
Yes I did have extremes of both laughter and tears!
Say something about yourself!
Really enjoyed this story, especially the insight into the Koran from a American Muslim boy's point of view. Great performance!
The Muslim cutural enlightning moments and there were many.
Direct realistic contact with the Muslim axperience.
Hospital scene at the end and the meeting with Nathan right after.
The depth of hatred for Jews was something, if true and I'm sure it is, that will probably last as long as there are Arabs like the ones in this book.It's nice to be a person whose life is not ruled by extreme religion. Life is a struggle without that.
Withthe author narrating his own works it was possible to truly hear the inflection and tone he was attempting to create in his writing.
I love hearing an author read his own work, and with his experience in theater, Ayad Akhtar does a splendid job, adding so much to the written word.
One of the striking things about this book is that it feels like really new - and important - territory for an American novel.
highly recommended! If you care about the American novel, you don't want to miss this.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
American Dervish was an interesting, eye-opening novel. I enjoyed it very much.
This purchase was one of my many "bargains" that I pick up when Audible offers audiobooks cheap! And I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to it. It has a very good story and is narrated beautifully by the author. I truly enjoyed learning about the Pakistani culture and traditions (or the somewhat Americanized versions). It had some sad parts, but nothing tragic and unsettling. Definitely worth a listen--
One of my top favorites.
I love to read books that expand my worldview by taking me inside another culture. This was a very engrossing, well-written and narrated story, and I loved it. I read and listen to audiobooks a lot on my travels, and I'd definitely recommend this one to others!
The more you love books... the more books you love!
I would like to compliment the author on his narration. I found Ayad's reading to be as skillful as any big name voice actor and his handling of the many accents authentic and masterful - each character vibrant and recognizable. Bravo!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though parts were hard to read. It helped me understand where Muslims' and Jews' slants on life come from. The book makes one realize what influence older people with slanted viewpoints have on younger minds and how people are driven to violent acts by something they were taught at a young age. The narrater/author did a fabulous job and it made me want to know more about him and his past.