Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits

Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits

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Workman Press.
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits marks the debut of an exciting new voice in fiction. Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain.What has driven them to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger?

There’s Murad, a gentle, unemployed man who’s been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who’s fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife in hope of securing work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future.

Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about what propels people to risk their lives in search of a better future.


Baker & Taylor
Set in modern-day Morocco, the story of four vastly different Moroccans who illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain chronicles the circumstances that drive them to risk their lives and the rewards that may or may not prove to be worth the danger.

Blackwell North Amer
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits tells the story of two men and two women who are brought together and separated under extraordinary circumstances. As the book opens, they're on the sea in a flimsy inflatable boat, which they hope will carry them across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain. What has driven them to leave their country and risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? The answers unfold as we bear witness to the turning points in their lives, when they make the decisions that will forever seal their fates.
There's Murad, a gentle, educated man who's been reduced to hustling tourists around Tangier; Halima, who's fleeing her drunken husband and the slums of Casablanca; Aziz, who must leave behind his devoted wife in hope of work in Spain; and Faten, a student and religious fanatic whose faith is at odds with an influential man determined to destroy her future.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565124936
1565124936
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 19 cm

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May 20, 2017

This novel tells the story of four migrants, from Morocco to Spain by boat, before and after their trip. Two stay in Spain, two are deported back, all are changed by the experience. Although this is a first book and it is a little black and white, Lalami can tell a story.

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