By Pearl Abraham
Through on-line boards and chat rooms, John meets a tender girl from Brooklyn who spurs his curiosity in Islam and Arab literature. Deferring Brown college for a yr, he strikes to the idyllic manhattan borough to check Arabic. Like Burton, John embraces the event center, physique, and soul—submitting to Islam, working towards the salaat, fasting and meditating, dancing with dervishes, and encountering the extreme. Burton lived the lifetime of a nineteenth-century adventurer, yet he additionally penetrated the traditional knowledge of mystery worlds. John will too—with unexpected consequences.
Critically acclaimed novelist Pearl Abraham makes use of her presents of mental acuity and unusual empathy to depict a customary upper-middle-class relatives snared by way of the forces of heritage, politics, and religion. In American Taliban, she imagines this younger surfer/skater on a particularly American religious trip that starts with Transcendentalism and countercultural impulses, enters into global mysticism, and unearths its vacation spot in Islam.
Provocative, unsettling, and written in a brilliantly creative, refreshingly unique voice, American Taliban is poised to develop into essentially the most talked-about novels of the year.
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American Taliban: A Novel by Pearl Abraham