North of Dawn

North of Dawn

Book - 2018
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For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, kills himself in a suicide attack, and the couple reluctantly decide to offer their daughter-in-law, Waliya, and teenage grandchildren escape from the refugee camp where they've been trapped since Dhaqaneh's death. But on arrival in Oslo, Waliya and her traumatized daughter cloak themselves even more deeply in religion, while her son hungers for the freedoms of their new homeland, a rift that will have life-altering consequences for the entire family.

Set against the backdrop of real events, North of Dawn is a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence--and if so, at what cost.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780735214231
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,24 cm

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pohpoh
Feb 19, 2019

I started out thinking what a great read this was and couldn't put it down; but after gone through 1/3 of the book I became so disappointed. This is certainly not a literary fiction. Construction of character building is poor and the plot is poorly put together. I haven't read any of the author's other books and can't understand how an award winning author could have written such an inferior book.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 28, 2018

Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah (currently based in South Africa) deals with contemporary issues of immigrant, assimilation, terrorism, and Islam head on in his new novel, set in Norway. There are a number of references to the classic (I had to read it in high school.) "Giants in the Earth." Reading books like "North of Dawn" is an act of resistance.

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