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Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

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Staff Pick

As Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits begins, thirty men, women, and children crowd onto an inflatable boat to embark on the dangerous fourteen-kilometer crossing from Morocco to Spain. Laila Lalami navigates their desperate attempt as prologue to a novel whose characters restlessly chart the rough going between landlocked extremes: old world and new, faith and despair, hope and surrender.
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Publisher Comments:

In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today.

The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. There's Murad, a gentle, educated man who's been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who's fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife to find work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future.

What has driven these men and women to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about people in search of a better future.

Review:

"With spare prose and superb characterization, these tales of determined struggle command fierce credibility and irresistible empathy....This is an unexpected and enthralling read from a promising new voice." Boldtype

Review:

"Lalami's characters are believable, sympathetic, and quite ordinary, nurturing hopes and dreams of a better life in the face of harsh conditions. An eloquent, fascinating glimpse into Moroccan culture and traditions, this debut is highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"With subtlety and grace the author explores the emotional complexities of the culture they're trying to escape — one that bears more resemblance to ours than we may imagine." People

Review:

"Lalami's debut novel is an absolute treasure. With realistic, clear, wonderful writing, she fully explores her characters — flaws, strengths, and all." Elizabeth Quinn, BUST

Review:

"Lalami's story lines are evocative, her characters arresting, the settings vivid, and her voice pure and penetrating, ensuring that these striking tales of unsanctioned journeys and urgently improvised lives are at once timely and timeless." Booklist

Review:

"This intense portrait of a gorgeous, once-powerful civilization stands in stark relief to the modern society Lalami skillfully depicts with gritty realism...impressive: This could well be the preamble to an important body of work." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Lalami writes in a style both pragmatic and poetic, with romance and the human condition coiled together. An excellent book." Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt

Review:

"A dream of a debut, by turns troubling and glorious, angry and wise. With her spare elegant prose Lalami has constructed a world remarkable for its resilience, its vibrancy, its motion, and yes, its hope." Junot Diaz, author of Drown

Review:

"Laila Lalami's compelling work of fiction provides an anatomy of hope and struggle. Building with quiet urgency, these tales gradually transform into the story of a nation and a profound moment in history." Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Crescent and The Language of Baklava

Synopsis:

"A bracing and beautiful little novel."—The Washington Post Book World 

In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today.

For reasons as different as the lives they are leaving behind, four Muslims illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. What has driven these men and women to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about people in search of a better future.

"Lalami skillfully limns the dark recesses of the Muslim world and creates true-to-life characters . . .With subtlety and grace the author explores the emotional complexities of the culture theyre trying to escape—one that bears more resemblance to ours than we may imagine."—People

"In a book that feels as contemporary as a newspaper headline, that seems to explain so much . . . Lalami paints a vivid picture of modern-day Morocco as a place of dashed dreams and political repression."--The Boston Globe

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Britain, and the United States. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Review, the Oregonian, the Nation, and elsewhere. She is the creator and editor of Moorishgirl.com, a blog about books and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

 
Reading Group Guide available at www.HarcourtBooks.com.

About the Author

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. Her work has appeared in the Baltimore Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Independent, Moby, and elsewhere. She is the creator and editor of the literary blog www.moorishgirl.com, which has been the subject of articles in USA Today and the Washington Post. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

Table of Contents

Contents

the trip 

Part I: Before

the fanatic 

bus rides 

acceptance 

better luck tomorrow 

Part II: After

the saint 

the odalisque 

homecoming 

the storyteller 

Acknowledgments 

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tansaoui, July 30, 2010 (view all comments by tansaoui)
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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D.B. Pacini, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by D.B. Pacini)
BEAUTIFUL GIFT: I recently received HOPE AND OTHER DANGEROUS PURSUITS by Laila Lalami as a gift. Lalami shares modern Morocco though interconnecting profiles and the compelling journeys of her characters will intrigue and draw you to them. These fictional characters are very much alive. This remarkable book is a beautiful gift to receive.
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Mary K., February 3, 2008 (view all comments by Mary K.)
Rochester NY has chosen this title for their "All of Rochester Reads" this year (2008) and I am anxious to secure this book and read it so that I can share my thoughts on it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030878
Author:
Lalami, Laila
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Spain
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
October 2, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.42 lb

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Product details 208 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030878 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

As Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits begins, thirty men, women, and children crowd onto an inflatable boat to embark on the dangerous fourteen-kilometer crossing from Morocco to Spain. Laila Lalami navigates their desperate attempt as prologue to a novel whose characters restlessly chart the rough going between landlocked extremes: old world and new, faith and despair, hope and surrender.

"Review" by , "With spare prose and superb characterization, these tales of determined struggle command fierce credibility and irresistible empathy....This is an unexpected and enthralling read from a promising new voice."
"Review" by , "Lalami's characters are believable, sympathetic, and quite ordinary, nurturing hopes and dreams of a better life in the face of harsh conditions. An eloquent, fascinating glimpse into Moroccan culture and traditions, this debut is highly recommended."
"Review" by , "With subtlety and grace the author explores the emotional complexities of the culture they're trying to escape — one that bears more resemblance to ours than we may imagine."
"Review" by , "Lalami's debut novel is an absolute treasure. With realistic, clear, wonderful writing, she fully explores her characters — flaws, strengths, and all."
"Review" by , "Lalami's story lines are evocative, her characters arresting, the settings vivid, and her voice pure and penetrating, ensuring that these striking tales of unsanctioned journeys and urgently improvised lives are at once timely and timeless."
"Review" by , "This intense portrait of a gorgeous, once-powerful civilization stands in stark relief to the modern society Lalami skillfully depicts with gritty realism...impressive: This could well be the preamble to an important body of work."
"Review" by , "Lalami writes in a style both pragmatic and poetic, with romance and the human condition coiled together. An excellent book."
"Review" by , "A dream of a debut, by turns troubling and glorious, angry and wise. With her spare elegant prose Lalami has constructed a world remarkable for its resilience, its vibrancy, its motion, and yes, its hope."
"Review" by , "Laila Lalami's compelling work of fiction provides an anatomy of hope and struggle. Building with quiet urgency, these tales gradually transform into the story of a nation and a profound moment in history."
"Synopsis" by ,
"A bracing and beautiful little novel."—The Washington Post Book World 

In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today.

For reasons as different as the lives they are leaving behind, four Muslims illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. What has driven these men and women to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about people in search of a better future.

"Lalami skillfully limns the dark recesses of the Muslim world and creates true-to-life characters . . .With subtlety and grace the author explores the emotional complexities of the culture theyre trying to escape—one that bears more resemblance to ours than we may imagine."—People

"In a book that feels as contemporary as a newspaper headline, that seems to explain so much . . . Lalami paints a vivid picture of modern-day Morocco as a place of dashed dreams and political repression."--The Boston Globe

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Britain, and the United States. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Review, the Oregonian, the Nation, and elsewhere. She is the creator and editor of Moorishgirl.com, a blog about books and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

 
Reading Group Guide available at www.HarcourtBooks.com.

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