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Sweetness in the belly [sound recording] /
Camilla Gibb.
imprint
New York : Penguin Audio, p2006.
description
8 sound discs (10 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN
0143058606
format(s)
CD
Holdings
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imprint
New York : Penguin Audio, p2006.
isbn
0143058606
general note
Unabridged.
performer
Read by Kate Reading.
catalogue key
6262141
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-01-01:
Called farenji-foreigner-in Ethiopia and subsequently nurse at London's Lambeth Hospital, Lilly is a devout white Muslim woman who doesn't really belong to one culture. When she was eight, her wandering parents left her in the care of the Great Abdal-and never returned owing to a fatal car accident. Soon after, the local saint became Lilly's guardian and taught her the Qur'an. In 1969, when political upheaval comes to Morocco, she makes a pilgrimage to the ancient city of Harar in Ethiopia. Here she begins to teach the Qur'an to local children and falls in love with a young doctor who leaves an indelible mark on her life. In 1974, she is again forced to flee, this time to London. Canadian writer Gibb (The Petty Details) intertwines time, cultures, politics, race, and family, giving readers an inside look at life as a foreigner in a different culture than most of us experience. Politically intriguing while also touching on love and loss, this well-wrought work should enthrall Western readers. Recommended for larger literary collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/05.]-Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-01-09:
With sure-handed, urgent prose, Gibb (The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life) chronicles the remarkable spiritual and geographical journey of a white British Muslim woman who struggles with cultural contradictions to find community and love. Lilly Abdal, orphaned at age eight after the murder of her hippie British parents, grows up at an Islamic shrine in Morocco. The narrative alternates between Harar, Ethiopia, in the 1970s, where she moved in pilgrimage at age 16, and London, England, in the '80s, where she lives in exile from Africa, working as a nurse. Ignoring the cries of "farenji," or foreigner, she starts a religious Muslim school in Harar. Later, in London, along with her friend Amina, Lilly runs a community association for family reunification of Ethiopian refugees. Each month, she reads the list of people who've escaped famine and the brutal Dergue regime, hoping to find Dr. Aziz Abdulnasser, her half-Sudanese lover who chose Africa over their relationship. Despite some predictability of plot, the novel fluently speaks the "languages of religion and exile," depicting both the multifaceted heartbreak of those lucky enough to escape violent regime changes and the beauty of unlikely bonds created by the modern multicultural world. (Mar. 20) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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San Francisco Chronicle, March 2006
Publishers Weekly, May 2006
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Summaries
Long Description
An evocative and richly imagined story of a British Muslim woman's search for love and belonging in two very different worlds. Unabridged CDs - 8 CDs, 10 hours
Main Description
An evocative and richly imagined story of a British Muslim woman's search for love and belonging in two very different worlds. Unabridged CDs- 8 CDs, 10 hours
Main Description
Bestselling author Gibb's political history alternates between the unsettled brutal regimes ruling Ethiopia in the 1970s and the harshness of British bigotry in the 1980s, while detailing the grim effects of the Ethiopian diaspora on ordinary people.

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