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The Wedding of Zein and Other Stories

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"The Wedding of Zein" unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih's tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Timely, Thoughtful, and often very funny!

"The Wedding of Zein" actually includes three separate stories, all set in pleasant, rural, Muslim villages of the Sudan, in Africa. The book is named after one of the stories. The other two are called "The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid," and "A Handful of Dates." Each tale has the universal feel of a fable -- the wisdom they encode in their simple language can speak to anyone, anywhere, anytime. The Muslim characters have a few traits which could seem odd to Western readers, but basically they are just like small town folks all over the world. They walk with dignity, they live in peace amidst old friends and loved ones, and they cherish their own dreams of love and happiness.The title story is my favorite. Zein is sort of a "holy fool" in his little village. He is not exactly retarded, or crazy, but is clearly eccentric. He seems to promote laughter and good feelings wherever he goes, although sometimes this is at his own expense. Many of the villagers laugh at him. All of the villagers laugh with him. Zein seems unaware that there could be a distinction between these groups of people, and, perhaps, therein lies his potential for healing... He is betrothed to the beautiful, solemn, almond-eyed Ni'ma, before whom he has NEVER made a fool of himself. She, and she alone, holds this honor... Their courtship, and the impact it has upon the village, comprises a highly provocative, and ultimately warm, view into human nature. You won't forget this comedic, yet highly serious, love story.Taken together, these stories really got me thinking about what it's like to live in an average Muslim village. It makes me want to know these people better, they're nice people, just like anyone else.

Thoughtful, timely, and superb

"The Wedding of Zein" actually includes three separate stories, all set in pleasant, rural, Muslim villages of the Sudan, in Africa. The book is named after one of the stories. The other two are called "The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid," and "A Handful of Dates." Each tale has the universal feel of a fable -- the wisdom they encode in their simple language can speak to anyone, anywhere, anytime. The Muslim characters have a few traits which could seem odd to Western readers, but basically they are just like small town folks all over the world. They walk with dignity, they live in peace amidst old friends and loved ones, and they cherish their own dreams of love and happiness.The title story is my favorite. Zein is sort of a "holy fool" in his little village. He is not exactly retarded, or crazy, but is clearly eccentric. He seems to promote laughter and good feelings wherever he goes, although sometimes this is at his own expense. Many of the villagers laugh at him. All of the villagers laugh with him. Zein seems unaware that there could be a distinction between these groups of people, and, perhaps, therein lies his potential for healing... He is betrothed to the beautiful, solemn, almond-eyed Ni'ma, before whom he has NEVER made a fool of himself. She, and she alone, holds this honor... Their courtship, and the impact it has upon the village, comprises a highly provocative, and ultimately warm, view into human nature. You won't forget this comedic, yet highly serious, love story.Taken together, these stories really got me thinking about what it's like to live in an average Muslim village. It makes me want to know these people better, they're just like us. Considering that these stories take place specifically in the Sudan, where Osama bin Laden and his confederates camped for a few years, I couldn't help but think of any Sudanese soldiers he may have picked up there. These stories show the homey, happy, sunny, rural village scenes that those soldiers are homesick for right now, as they batten down the hatches in store for a long, brutal Afghani winter. Can't you just picture them, hiding in their freezing caves, listening to the Arabic equivalent of "Sweet Home Alabama" on their black market Sony Walkmen, dreaming of happier times back home? These stories make me understand that they were just PEOPLE before becoming terrorists... I can just imagine some scared former Sudanese villager, in a camp in Afghanistan, praying like people who have monumentally goofed up their lives have always prayed, and will always pray... "Oh God, please just get me out of this mess, and I promise I'll go to the mosque more often... I promise I'll stop making fun of the funny way my dumb brother-in-law Ahmed fastens his turban... I promise I'll stop procrastinating on making that pilgramage to Mecca... just get me out of this war, that's all I ask."At any rate, I felt obliged to say all that because it's October, 2001. But these timeless stories a

The Wedding of Zein

"The Wedding of Zein", as I read it, is a collection of three stories. I have not read the first of these, and cannot recall it off the top of my head, by I have in various classes read the second two stories, entitled "A Handful of Dates" and "The Wedding of Zein". Both of the stories are wonderful, and show the culture of Sudan, without the politics. The characters are Muslim, but they live peacefully, without the tension that has long been a part of Sudan between the North and the South. These stories do not have morals, per say, but the author attempts to indicate certain thoughts to the reader. They are rather like "tall tales" or legends, and they could just as easily apply to other countries in the world. I highly recommend "The Wedding of Zein", as an easy to read but higly enjoyable and thought provoking series of stories.
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