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Secret Son by Laila Lalami
Secret Son

tansaoui, July 30, 2010

Laila Lalami is a pioneer among her Moroccan contemporaries in that she writes in English rather than in Arabic or French, and is the first Moroccan woman writer of literature to portray Morocco after May 16th terrorist attack in Casablanca in 2003.”.

“Secret Son” is a worth reading novel. It tells the story of a young Moroccan teenager, called Youssef and his struggle to find an identity in the Modern Morocco during the beginning of the 21st century. The author portrays Youssef’s life as an illegitimate son of Rachida through a series of flashbacks and monologues. The novel describes people, traditions, and culture in Morocco. Male–female relationships are thoroughly discussed in the narrative.

By exposing the readers to Youssef’s struggle to find a place among an aristocratic; too liberal family; that of his father who finally admitted that he had sexual relationship with Rachida and got pregnant with youssef. Laila uncovers the changes in male-female roles in Morocco. Girls and boys adolescent relationships, struggles between political parties and the flourishing of terrorists who take the Islamic religion as the troy horse to realize their blind dreams and want to push the country backward. Many aspects of Moroccan society are also explored through Youssef’s life. The workplace and corruption, the struggle for an identity, the difference between Moroccan and Western values, and the competition between colonial and native languages are all combined in this novel.

The dramatic ending of the novel; the fall of the Amranis, the return of their daughter Laila to her husband in the states, the imprisonment of Youssef, the assassination of the journalist and the extinction of terrorism; is very suggestive in the sense that we live in a country where everything is torn apart. Much is needed to be done despite the freedom and the free will we have undergone after the years of lead.

For me Secret Son has both pedagogical and artistic merits. I recommend that it should be translated into all living languages.

Regards from Morocco

Lekbir Tansaoui, a Moroccan teacher of English.
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Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

tansaoui, July 30, 2010

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits is a an essay to better show the world some of the Moroccan cultures and tradition through some youngesters' unsuccessful attempt to illegally reach the other bank of the medeterranean sea. It is a realitisc and living fiction written by a woman, Laila Lalami who was raised in Morocco and better undertsands the situations of people who live in slums and also knows how they think and act. Neveretheless, such a dream of croosing the sea in inflatable rafts is already vanishing and disappearing as Morocco is undergoing remarkable and considearble achievement and progress. Wea re at least already on the track.

By Lekbir tansaoui
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