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And influential father his own penthouse apartment and all the luxuries associated with his new status His future appears assured until an abrupt reversal of fortune sends him back to the streets and his childhood friends where a fringe Islamic group known simply as the Party has set. My thoughts I was not uite sure what to expect when I started reading Secret Son but I was uickly drawn into the story and found myself captivated by the writing and the journey of the sensitive na ve nineteen year old protagonist Youssef I wondered about the uote included before the start of the story The fact that Iam writing to you in Englishalready falsifies what I wanted to tell you from Cuban American port Gustavo Perez Firmat but it made sense when I learned that the author wrote this book for American audiences and yes the book did appeal to my American sensibilities The story is sent in contemporary Morocco after Sept 11th which helps set the tone of the story While each of the characters battlesconfronts issues of identity loyalty and justice it is Youssef s that are the main focus in the book It is the unraveling of secrets that reveal the cracks in perception that cause personal turmoil against the outside forces beguiling with their promises Youssef lives in a slum in Casablanca with his single mother who pushed him that a university education is the way out of poverty But Morocco has a very stratified class society and while the government speaks that all is possible if the actions say otherwise And when Youssef gets to live this life of luxury and the attainment of a better future looks attainable the fall back to poverty and the disillusionment of who he is shatters him until another type of dream is presented to him This book highlights the struggle of Islamic fundamentalists vs the corrupt liberalism of the power structure but this fight is definitely geared towards capturing the minds of men because there is not sugarcoating that this is an oppressive society for women And while there are probably many answers to the uestion Why does one become a terrorist this storyline answers that uestion as it pertains to Youssef I thought the author kept it real without over simplifying or going over the top and illustrates how complicated and complex the issues of change modernity vs traditional and power are

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Secret Son

Up its headuarters In the spirit of The Inheritance of Loss and The Reluctant Fundamentalist Laila Lalami's powerful first novel explores the struggle for identity the need for family and the desperation that overtakes ordinary lives in a country divided by class politics and religion.. A little disappointing The main character Youssef grows up without a father He is poor but idle He meets his previously thought dead father who is rich A new world in open to him but this is soon removed and he is back in the poverty grove He is tempted into a local Islamic groupThere is coverage of the sexist class riddled life in Morocco and the temptations to rebel But this book lacked tension the characters just didn t do it for me The plotting of the two mothers was a highlightI did feel for Youssef and what awaits him See This Blinding Absence of Light

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Youssef el Mekki a young man of nineteen is living with his mother in the slums of Casablanca when he discovers that the father he believed to be dead is in fact alive and eager to befriend and support him Leaving his mother behind Youssef assumes a life he could only dream of a famous. 25I don t think as the description of this novel mentioned a journey of searching the meaning of life etc neither I think that the author is experienced enough to write such a topichowever the author has done a good job describing the different lifestyles in Morocco as well as pointing out the corruption and power of social classes thereAn other odd thing was when showing a conversation between 2 the uestions and answers were different it suppose to be showing the views and feelings I was wondering about an explanation for this in the reading club but couldn t find any And some Arabic French phrases left untranslatedI think the main point of the novel was to point out how some militant groups were taking advantage of the extreme poverty in the country to recruit young people and how easy to brainwash themI think this story will do a good movie than a good book couldn t find audible adition on goodreads


10 thoughts on “Secret Son

  1. says:

    fast read well written one son’s personal anguish cradled in Morocco’s class struggles and corruption among the ruling

  2. says:

    This book has such an enjoyable writing style; it’s very accessible and the book is a really uick read and a pleasant read despite its tragic subject matter This book had a good mix of the personal and political heavy on the personal which I liked I got a great feel for various parts of Morocco and what it feels like to be an immigrant I admired how while parts of this story are about big issues the significa

  3. says:

    25I don't think as the description of this novel mentioned a journey of searching the meaning of life etc neither I think that the author is experienced enough to write such a topichowever the author has done a good job describing the different lifestyles in Morocco as well as pointing out the corruption and power of social classes thereAn other odd thing was when showing a conversation between 2 the uestions and answers were diff

  4. says:

    Growing up in the Casablanca slumps Youssef is urged by he’s mother to pursue he’s education at college and try to better himselfYoussef soon learns that he’s believed dead father is still alive in fact he’s a wealthy businessmanGiven

  5. says:

    My thoughts• I was not uite sure what to expect when I started reading Secret Son but I was uickly drawn into the story and found myself captivated by the writing and the journey of the sensitive naïve nineteen year old protagonist Youssef• I wondered about the uote included before the start of the story

  6. says:

    In this superb short novel Laila Lalami deftly limns the rise and fall of Youssef El Mekki unacknowledged bastard son of prominent businessman disillusioned activist and bon vivant Nabil El Amrani Seemingly sprung from the trap of the Casablanca slums when he learns that his father far from being dead is in fact a Moroccan tycoon Youssef is soon caught in a complex web of familial and political intrigue A mark

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    A little disappointing The main character Youssef grows up without a father He is poor but idle He meets his previously thought dead father who is rich A new world in open to him but this is soon removed and he is back in the poverty grove He is tempted into a local Islamic groupThere is coverage of the sexist class riddled life in Morocco and the temptations to rebel But this book lacked tension the characters

  8. says:

    Disappointing Writing was simplistic dialogue unimaginative plot unbelievable Possibly if you had no exposure to other parts of the world you might learn something But there are so many books that do a much better job of this Brick Lane The Inheritence of Loss for example Disappointed that it was chosen by Seattle Public

  9. says:

    The novel was a bit fast paced and talked about different “heavy matters” religion politics family and identity issueshi

  10. says:

    Clash of the classes Not the easiest job ever to weave yourself through these lines It all comes at a price a hefty one usually

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