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review 2016-01-29 00:00
الخبز الحافي
الخبز الحافي - Mohamed Choukri,محمد شكري description

الخبز الحافي؟!
هذا هو السؤال الأول الذي طرحته على نفسي عندما نظرتُ إلى العنوان.
العنوان فقط جعلني أشعر بالمأساة التي عايشتها بالتفصيل بعد ذلك أثناء قراءتي للكتاب. أعتقد أن هذا النوع من العناوين يعطي الكتاب قوة كبيرة. العنوان الذي يُشعرك أنك قرأت الكتاب قبل أن تقرأه فعلاً!

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هناك مجموعة نقاط يجب أن يعلمها القارىء قبل قراءته لهذا الكتاب (وأنا كنت على علم بها قبل قراءته بالتأكيد!) وهي:
1. الكاتب محمد شكري قضى العشرين سنة الأولى من حياته أمياً! لا يعرف كيف يكتب اسمه!
2. حياته التي يذكر تفاصيلها في هذا الكتاب هي حياة ليس فيها إلا أب قاتل مجنون، وأم معذّبة، وبيوت سكر وأوكار دعارة.
3. محمد شكري صريح جداً ولا يخاف من الكلمات وليس عنده أي خط أحمر في الكتابة الأدبية! لذلك توقع منه أي شيء!

بالتأكيد تم منع هذا الكتاب لفترة طويلة في الدول العربية لما يحتويه من الفاظ ومشاهد "غير لائقة"!
ولكن، برأيي، ما معنى كلمة "غير لائق"؟ الكاتب يصِف حياته (وحياة الكثيريييييييييين غيره طبعاً!! ولكن الاختلاف الوحيد بينه وبينهم هو أنه كان جريئاً!) ويصِف أيضاً طبيعة مجتمع عربي في فترة من الفترات، فما العيب في ذلك؟
العيب أن نُحَذِّر ونمنع مثل هذه الكتب التي تجسد واقعنا. وإذا كان الواقع وقِحاً و "غير لائق" فما ذنب الكاتب الذي هو ليس إلا ناقل لصورة هذا الواقع؟!
وماذا يكون للأدب من فائدة إن هو لم يَكُن بمثابة جرس إنذار لنا؟! ما فائدته إن هو جمَّل لنا الواقع بدل عرضِهِ بأمانة؟!
أعتقد أن سبب منعنا وتحذيرنا من هذا النوع من الأدب، هو أننا نريد أن نعكس طبيعتنا الكاذبة على الأدب، فنريده أن يكذب ويغيّر الواقع، مثلنا، ويجعله "لائقاً" حتى نقبله! نَحْنُ خائنون ونريد من الأدب أن يتعرى من أمانته ويصبح خائناً مثلنا! ولكن الأدب الحقيقي لا يخون الواقع ولا يزور الحقائق.
لذلك، أعتقد أن الخبز الحافي هو أدب حقيقي وليس أدب ميك-أب كما يريده البعض!

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تحية للكاتب. وتحية للكتاب.
وتحية أكبر للأدب. الأدب الحقيقي الذي لا يقبل إلا أن يقرأه قُرّاء حقيقيون.
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text 2015-03-04 18:09
Reading progress update: I've read 280 out of 454 pages.
كل رجال الباشا: محمد علي وجيشه وبناء مصر الحديثة , Mohamed Ali Basha, Basha, Mohamed Ali - Khaled Fahmi
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text 2014-09-01 22:35
GUEST BLOG ALERT

Happy Labor Day!

To celebrate I'm going to get to work on Eternal Wanderings! I'm 500 words in and I can already feel the spirit in the piece. This is going to be a fun ride.

Well, since I don't expect much of anything to go on today I’ll leave you with a couple of opportunities to learn more about me.

First is a guest post on author Lawrence M. Schoen’s blog as a part of his EATING AUTHORS feature:

http://www.lawrencemschoen.com/plugs/eating-authors-danielle-ackley-mcphail/


The second promo coming up on 9/4, starting at 3pm EST. Bitten By Books is hosting a guest blog and author chat with myself and Day Al-Mohamed, my co-author on my most recent novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. If you RSVP in advance with the following link you will have 25 extra chances to win a $40 Amazon gift card: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=80052. You must be present at the chat and mention your RSVP to get the 25 chances.

 



For those not familiar with it, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is a steampunk retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. You can learn more about it here: Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale

And don’t forget our Eternal Wanderings kickstarter. We’ve already funded, which makes this a sure-thing, and the more people who get on board, the more goodies for everyone! 

Enjoy your day!

Danielle Ackley-McPhail
www.sidhenadaire.com
www.epecbooks.com

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review 2014-09-01 22:02
Book Review: Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn by Danielle Ackley-McPhail & Day Al-Mohamed
Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale - Danielle Ackley-McPhail,Day Al-Mohamed

Eighteen year old Ali bin-Massoud is visited by a mechanical falcon while in England apprenticing under Ustad Babbage. The falcon leaves him a gift, a puzzle box - something he's loved for years - inscribed in his home language with his name. This one is more special as it's crafted with clockwork and magic. Kassim, Ali's older brother, rudely is awaken in the night to find his fathers horse has returned, riderless and blood soaked. Ali had his own plans for his life, until he is called home by his brother to help with the home. Kassim has his own motives for calling his brother home, the greed for something he heard his father talk of with his younger brother. But the family's hidden secret and honor surfaces, following Ali and after the pieces that have surfaced. Ali has the mind for mechanics, and a profession from the family's past that needs nurtured to clear the dishonor in the family. Along with taking care of the family secret.

The culture and structure of living is strongly projected here in this story. The second son of a successful merchant, Ali would have to find his own way in life as his older brother inherits the business. We even see the prejudice that's present toward Ali and his difference in dress and skin tone in a different nation, bringing a feel of real to Ali.

The story twists magic and clockworks together, even some steampunk elements. There is talk of magic found in England along with that at the desert. But we see the magic more in the desert with the djinn. Clockworks become a magic of their own in this world too. Something wondrous to others not of the mechanical mind thinking.

The writing is artfully descriptive. The story of Ali and the forty thieves is one well know. Danielle and Day twist that tale with a bit of truth, magic, and mechanical for us to hear.

We get the story from Ali's and Kassim's point of view, even from another's later on. It makes sense why it's shift to the other character after you meet them. But it's the view of the whole world and happenings. It explains what is happening and why. I wonder if Ali realizes how lucky he is in avoiding the tortures and death on numerous occasions, thanks to his kind heart and friends he makes.

An old tale remastered to include magics of different kinds. Sit back and relax with this old tale. 

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text 2014-08-28 14:32
Shout out
Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale - Danielle Ackley-McPhail,Day Al-Mohamed

I just want to give a shout out for both the authors of this book.  My review was a three star one, and I used the term cliche in it.  However, both authors liked the review (and did not post comments at all).  I know much is made about BBAs.

 

Just wanted to give some Good Behaving Authors, a shout out.

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