Read Around the World Book Club
Main Library – Wed, April 6 @ 7:oo pm. This month’s selection is In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa. The unnamed narrator of this novel is a young girl growing up in a house of women in Aleppo, Syria. In school she becomes involved with a prayer group of devout women who have been influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood. As the novel progresses, the girl’s religious devotion turns into zealotry, particularly as the secular regime in power cracks down on Islamists in a bloody fashion. While the action seems to be torn out of today’s newspapers, it is actually set in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Read Around the World Book Club meets once a month to discuss titles from foreign locales. All books are available from Maplewood Library or through the BCCLS consortium.