The Last Friend



[KINDLE] ❤ The Last Friend ➜ Tahar Ben Jelloun – E17streets4all.co.uk The Last Friend, the new novel from internationally acclaimed author Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of the International Dublin IMPAC award, is a Rashamon like tale of friendship and betrayal set in twent The Last Friend, the new novel from internationally acclaimed author Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of theInternational Dublin IMPAC award, is a Rashamon like tale of friendship and betrayal set in twentieth century Tangier Written in Ben Jelloun s inimitable and powerfully direct style, the novel explores the twists and turns of an intense thirty The Last MOBI :ò year friendship between two young men struggling to find their identities and sexual fulfillment in Morocco in the late s, a complex and contradictory society both modern and archaicFrom their carefree university days through their brutal imprisonment and ultimate release, the two rely on each other for physical and psychological survival, forging bonds not easily broken Each narrator tells his version of the story, painting a vivid portrait of life lived within and in opposition to the moral strictures of North AfricaSet against a backdrop of repression and disillusionment, The Last Friend is a tale of loss of innocence and a nation s coming of age.The Last Friend

Tahar Ben Jelloun Arabic is a Moroccan writer The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic He became known for his novel L Enfant de Sable The Sand Child Today he lives in Paris and continues to write He has been short listed for the Nobel The Last MOBI :ò Prize in Literature.

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  • Hardcover
  • 186 pages
  • The Last Friend
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 1595580085

10 thoughts on “The Last Friend

  1. says:

    4.5 Tangiers, 1950 s and Ali and Mamet meet at school for the first time Although they are very different they become fast friends, a friendship that will last thirty years They separate when they go to different colleges, Mamet wants to be a doctor and Ali studies film, but they meet in the summers back in Tangiers Their friendship, will be forever cemented when they are picked up for subversive activities, sent to a work camp, where they will labor for 18 months This is a novel about a rem 4.5 Tangiers, 1950 s and Ali and Mamet meet at school for the first time Although they are very different they become fast friends, a friendship that will last thirty years They separate when they go to different colleges, Mamet wants to be a doctor and Ali studies film, but they meet in the summers back in Tangiers Their friendship, will be forever cemented when they are picked up for subversive activities, sent to a work camp, where they will labor for 18 months This is a novel about a remarkable friendship When I first started reading I thought this might be another book about boys acting badly, sexual scenes and thoughts, drinking etc The setting of Morocco kept me reading, I had not read many books set there before So glad I did because this book is so muchThe culture, the politics of the country, the medical situation in both Morocco and Sweden, marriage and infidelity and ultimately a staged betrayal But who was the betrayer and what was the reason behind it We hear from Ali, and then Mamet and finally Ramon, a friend of theirs that they had kept in contact with from their school days He does play a integral part of this story This turned into a very emotional read for me, what a wonderful journey it was The extra half star is for the last paragraph of the book, it summed it all up perfectly and left me teary eyed

  2. says:

    God A masterpiece this is the least word I can use to name this book.First , This is my first time I read to Tahar Ben Jelloun and I did really appreciate it alot Knowing that we , as moroccans, have got such shrewd and prolific writers makes one feel some kind of relieve and pride.I did really like the book the title, the characters, the events , the way the writer tells us about his private life with his friend..etcHe, The writer, chooses very provoking topics to deal with, such as sex, God A masterpiece this is the least word I can use to name this book.First , This is my first time I read to Tahar Ben Jelloun and I did really appreciate it alot Knowing that we , as moroccans, have got such shrewd and prolific writers makes one feel some kind of relieve and pride.I did really like the book the title, the characters, the events , the way the writer tells us about his private life with his friend..etcHe, The writer, chooses very provoking topics to deal with, such as sex, religion, cheating, bribery, freedom, democracy and so onThese issues were taboos at that time but he dared and devoted his whole book to discuss them and to not cast aside everything that unfold the truth of our beloved country.I liked him for being sincere even if his language is a bit rude he could have used euphemism for words that are a bit rude , but we are not insulators and the writer has done what he saw is going to suit both his style and at the same time represents reality as it is.Moroccans ,as been represented in the book, have perverted personalities they do things , but they don t admit it Either they lie to themselves or lie to themselves which is just the same thing Tahar for me was a man who dared to reveal the truth the whole moroccans deny.He made it clear that morocco is a country which is full of contradictory realities It is a country where you can find so many split personalities, self contained and self interested people, where you can find people who do very diminutive deeds and make them appear bigger, people who cheat their wives and act like they are angels , people who are only concerned with silly life matters, people who fear change , people who talk about freedom and democracy while they don t know the real meaning of the words.This book has given me so many ideas and so many wry expressions that I would carry the rest of my life Not because I don t know my country , but because I was one of those , or still I am , who relished life as it is and never asked questions and because I am just like Tahar and Mammed self absorbed and unwilling to acquiesce that s why the scars of the book will remain foreverMoreover What I liked in this book too is the relationship between the two friends, the writer and his friend Mammed I envied him because he could find a real friend which is just the rare thing that happens nowadays In a nutshell, that s life , that s humanity and that s morocco But, Well, I am like the writer , besides everything I love this wretched country

  3. says:

    ATTENTION THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER THAT MIGHT COMPLETELY UNDERMINE YOUR ABILITY TO ENJOY THIS BOOK.ATTENTION CETTE CRITIQUE R V LE DES L MENTS DE L INTRIGUE QUE BIEN DES LECTEURS AURAIENT MIEUX AIME D COUVRIR EUX M MES.I am reluctantly giving this novel five stars because despite its many weaknesses it describes a situation that I was recently involved in and feel that Ben Jelloun deserves recognition for having dealt with the subject Most writers prefer to be believe that the truth c ATTENTION THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER THAT MIGHT COMPLETELY UNDERMINE YOUR ABILITY TO ENJOY THIS BOOK.ATTENTION CETTE CRITIQUE R V LE DES L MENTS DE L INTRIGUE QUE BIEN DES LECTEURS AURAIENT MIEUX AIME D COUVRIR EUX M MES.I am reluctantly giving this novel five stars because despite its many weaknesses it describes a situation that I was recently involved in and feel that Ben Jelloun deserves recognition for having dealt with the subject Most writers prefer to be believe that the truth cannot be hidden and judge characters harshly who believe they can cover things up Anna Karenina cannot keep her affair hidden Jean Valjean cannot hide his real identity from Jalvert Bilbo Baggins cannot conceal the ring from Gandalf The examples are numerous.In this case, the cover up succeeds The protagonist in this novel wants to conceal the fact that from his best friend that he has cancer in an advanced stage and is about to die My own experience has shown me that this can be easily done If the friend lives in one country where a different language is spoken from the one trying to conceal that his death is imminent The friend being duped has only two sources of information about the true state of affairs of the person trying to conceal the truth that is to say the dissimulator and his wife If the wife of the dying person plays along, then the charade is maintained In my view Ben Jelloun does an excellent job of showing how geography and linguistic barriers allow important information to be be concealed from one orpersons who have a right to know I think Ben Jelloun also does a reasonably credible job of explaining why some people what to conceal the fact that they are dying from a close friend The one weakness in this book is that Ben Jelloun understates the stress and unhappiness on the wife or partner of the dying person that the dissimulation causes On balance though this is a very good book about a type of behaviour that occurs quite frequently and meritsexamination

  4. says:

    Ben Jelloun describes perfectly the inbetween ness of an emigre s life, and the type of psychological torment this might cause He also has a facility for describing Moroccan society in all its complexities For these two elements alone his novels are worth reading This novel, though, is not his strongest in my opinion of course It deals with two men who are life long friends and the cause of this friendship s abrupt end Told through the perspective of the two men it is always interesti Ben Jelloun describes perfectly the inbetween ness of an emigre s life, and the type of psychological torment this might cause He also has a facility for describing Moroccan society in all its complexities For these two elements alone his novels are worth reading This novel, though, is not his strongest in my opinion of course It deals with two men who are life long friends and the cause of this friendship s abrupt end Told through the perspective of the two men it is always interesting to see the same events told through different eyes I thought, while reading, that Ben Jelloun was leading towards some interesting issues about memory and identity I was disappointed when the ending kind of quashed that, and the differences in the memories are explained by one of the men having specific knowledge that the other does not have The sentimentality of the story s close didn t fit with the rest of the book

  5. says:

    A quick, easy read but one with a lot of little interwoven meanings and great character development It did tend to feel a bit lengthy at some points especially as I began to get anxious about the big secret , but definitely worth the read This was originally in French, and I often worry about reading translated works, as a lot of the flavour of the text can get lost, but this was enjoyable and although I cannot compare it to the French, I felt satisfied at the end.

  6. says:

    A v quick read Raises some interesting questions on the nature of friendship, and on migration belonging and I suppose on the subjective nature of memory, as you get slightly differing accounts of the same events from the two main characters , but ultimately left the characters feeling a bit distant.

  7. says:

    It wasn t what I was expecting Too vulgar at times, not that I mind vulgarity as a whole but it felt that it was just for the sake of it, and then it turned boring I guess it was too short to have a real character exploration and the reader just has to accept things are that way because it s written, not showed Meh.

  8. says:

    No friendship is ever perfectrad story

  9. says:

    My first book by Tahar Ben Jelloun My first story that s set in Morocco and Sweden and I learned many things about the people s cultures and their way of life It takes place in the 1950 s It s about a friendship of two boys over the next 30 years A short story of only 182 pages, I read the first 24 pages before I went to sleep last night and the last 157 pages this afternoon I couldn t put the book down I knew I was going to finish it today It was a fast read, with short chapters It wa My first book by Tahar Ben Jelloun My first story that s set in Morocco and Sweden and I learned many things about the people s cultures and their way of life It takes place in the 1950 s It s about a friendship of two boys over the next 30 years A short story of only 182 pages, I read the first 24 pages before I went to sleep last night and the last 157 pages this afternoon I couldn t put the book down I knew I was going to finish it today It was a fast read, with short chapters It was broken down into four sections Ali, Mamed, Ramon and The Letter The first two are the two main characters They tell their interpretation, their memory of their time together, and you get to see how different two people see their side of the same story Ramon is a secondary friend, also from their school days and The Letter is what it all leads up too.The first few chapters were basically all about sex and I thought, what I have gotten myself into Is this what this story all about Not that I m a prune or anything, but it was quite the beginning I felt this story was very powerful and an emotional story I give it a 4.5 stars

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this short read It selves into the most intimate of friendships and the comparison between Morocco and Sweden is fantastic Touches on many key themes depression, marriage, cancer, political subjugation and imprisonment and the excitement of growing up and out into the world The structure of the book in four parts taking on the different character s stories is especially well done and kept me interested and excited to read on Reading the same story from different points of v I really enjoyed this short read It selves into the most intimate of friendships and the comparison between Morocco and Sweden is fantastic Touches on many key themes depression, marriage, cancer, political subjugation and imprisonment and the excitement of growing up and out into the world The structure of the book in four parts taking on the different character s stories is especially well done and kept me interested and excited to read on Reading the same story from different points of view was enlightening and not repetitious in my view Would recommend for anyone wanting a short easy read that entertains and leaves you thinking

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