Saturday, November 15, 2008

Le Siecle des Sauterelles

While attending the African Studies Association meetings I spent a little time finishing Malika Mokeddem's decent novel published in 1992. I think really it doesn't work as a novel; sorry to be blunt for those of you who maybe loved it. It opens with a searing image of a desert rape and murder. But then seems to turn more into an adventure/existential/love story... The tone and "voice" was not developed. Great introduction to the Algerian desert and ending days of French colonialism...

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