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I was excited to meet Jeebleh and Cambara again from the first two books of the Past Imperfect trilogy And this is the best of the three, for me A really engrossing story, and an enlightening representation of a Somalia best known for its piracy And a really good ending that is not a resolution.The narrator goes out of his way not only to educate us about the origins of that piracy, but even to embed reading recommendations within the text Which might seem a bit preachy but it s eye opening stuff Fact from my secondary reading international poaching of fish from Somalia s rich and extensive coastal waters, which is permitted by those gunboats sent to stop the pirates, takes away protein than is provided by international food aid The origin of the piracy was attempts by fishermen to protect their coastal fishing grounds. An unusual and interesting novel about modern Somalia, a land which we normallyu get only a glimpse of from negative news reports The author is a Somali living in Minneapolis and Cape Town who has an understanding of Somali culture and, thus, helps us understand what it would be like to walk the streets of Mogadiscio his spelling or Bosaso in Puntland The plot deals with two American Somali men who travel to these regions one to try and find a young relative that he fears has left the US to join the Islamists the other, a journalist, wants to find out the truths about what is happening in that country The book has a strange feel about it, as it is written in the present tense which makes it seem like a stage play or film script at times The searches that both men do are fraught with danger in a virtually lawless country while meeting strange characters with strange names, like Jeebleh, Gumaad, Taxliil, Bigbeard, Youngthing and Truthteller It almost has a dreamlike quality to it The pace of the plot is quite slow, but it needs to be to help the reader absorb what is revealed about a very foreign culture. This is the 3rd bk in The Past Imperfect trilogy I did not read the first two books Each of the books looks at the recent period in the history of Somalia the books are done in chronological order This book looks at the period right before the Ethiopian w US help invasion This book gives a personal look through the characters about what you read in the news about the conditions of Somalia It helped put a lot of the current events into perspective for me I am not quite sure how to describe the writing style the best word I can up with is jumpy while I enjoyed the storyline, the history and the characters just never really felt like I lost myself in the flow of the story The characters were complex flawed the author did a good job of developing them and they felt real Liked that a lot of the storylines dealt with professional people who were struggling to make sense of their country Really focused on the people from the Somalian diaspora those that left and those that returned The various storylines showed how fragile and uncertain everything is when various groups band together against a common enemy and then the hard part is once the common enemy is vanished how to move forward Several of the characters were the main focus of the earlier bks in the trilogy but this did not take away from reading this story Not sure if I will go back and read the first two books in trilogy while I expect the historical events characters to be interesting not sure about the writing style I did not feel connected to any of the characters I do think that they were realistically portrayed but just did not feel any emotional attachment to them do not know if this is the author s writing style and was intentional Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah delves into modern day Somalia It paints a picture of a very difficult country to live in, with no room for trust, even among family members A man s stepson disappears from the USA suspected of being recruited from a Mosque there, to join Shabaab The man travels to Somalia to search for the boy, with a journalist relative The journalist, whilst in Somalia, interviews warlords, pirates and middlemen trying to get to the bottom of his question Why are Somalians still poor if piracy is said to benefit them The author handles sensitive topics about how various countries benefit from the non governance of Somalia through illegal fishing and dumping of toxic waste It deals with the illicit involvement of insurance companies in Europe in keeping the piracy alive He also looks at the involvement of Ethiopia, USA and Kenya in fueling tensions and backing different forces in Somalia A very interesting book, jam packed with many political and global issues mainly conveyed through dialogue between the various characters and the interviews by the journalist This book took a little longer than others I ve read this year because I had to really concentrate and often go back to check on character names and link them to the current section I was reading sometimes it got confusing.I kept hoping the issues would become less strained, but then I realised that the author probably captured what it must feel like to live in a country without a regular governance structure, with invasions, warlords, insurgents, death, suicide bombings, foreign interests where nothing is quite certain or stable. Incredibly engaging book that reveals Somalia through the eyes of a native The author, Nuruddin Farah uses history, his personal knowledge of the many dynamics, like piracy, that exist in Somalia to weave a story about a man and his two sons who travel to native Somalia at the time Ethiopia invades One son, a journalist, is trying to get an interview with a Somali warlord, while his brother is trying to find his step son who is mixed up with El Shabob If you re looking for a book that gives you a modern day look at Somalia, this is a great book Farah is a wonderful writer, and really depicts life in a nation that is consumed with distrust and anarchy all of which are a part of everyday life in Mogadishu It s a compelling and enlightening narrative, and I highly recommend it. A difficult book to rate There were a lot of characters and until I came to review the book I was unaware that this was part of a trilogy There was also a lot of dialogue that gave the book a feel it was a series of journalistic articles linked by the stories Jeebleh, Malik and Ahl as they return to Somali The scenes with YoungThing were the best as they were what is normally seen in a novel.The dialogue does provide a better understanding as to the causes and effects of Somali pirates which was an eye opener It also discussed a country without governance, where many factions rise and fall and the impact of the invasion from Ethiopia The country is a mess, life is cheap and hope is rare Maybe if I had read the previous books I would have known about the characters as there was no character development in this one. |DOWNLOAD BOOK ♿ Crossbones ☥ A Gripping New Novel From Today S Most Important African Novelist The New York Times Review Of Books A Dozen Years After His Last Visit, Jeebleh Returns To His Beloved Mogadiscio To See Old Friends He Is Accompanied By His Son In Law, Malik, A Journalist Intent On Covering The Region S Ongoing Turmoil What Greets Them At First Is Not The Chaos Jeebleh Remembers, However, But An Eerie Calm Enforced By Ubiquitous White Robed Figures Bearing WhipsMeanwhile, Malik S Brother, Ahl, Has Arrived In Puntland, The Region Notorious As A Pirates Base Ahl Is Searching For His Stepson, Taxliil, Who Has Vanished From Minneapolis, Apparently Recruited By An Imam Allied To Somalia S Rising Religious Insurgency The Brothers Efforts Draw Them Closer To Taxliil And Deeper Into The Fabric Of The Country, Even As Somalis Brace Themselves For An Ethiopian Invasion Jeebleh Leaves Mogadiscio Only A Few Hours Before The Borders Are Breached And Raids Descend From Land And Sea As The Uneasy Quiet Shatters And The City Turns Into A Battle Zone, The Brothers Experience Firsthand The Derailments Of WarCompleting The Trilogy That Began With Links And Knots, Crossbones Is A Fascinating Look At Individuals Caught In The Maw Of Zealotry, Profiteering, And Political Conflict, By One Of Our Most Highly Acclaimed International Writers I won this book Although intelligently written I felt a bit of a struggle to keep engaged completely by the story Once I finally established the characters and got to know them it developed for me a little however once I reached the end I was quite disappointed It s certainly not a bad book, it s just not one that was my cup of tea. This book helped me understand how corrupt government affects people The plot was slow and I had to concentrate to understand I would not recommend this as a easy read, enjoyable read or anything other then a chance to learn how people survive when their government is corrupt, criminal and evil. Farah is a special writer, the first I ve encountered who effectively translates between my suburban white American world and the African one As such, Farah is able to highlight those cultural trappings that don t mean a thing in Africa, but that American eyes are drawn to, like how bedraggled a man s beard is or how tightly his clothing fits The book is also a soothing, exotic read, with vivid language that pours as smoothly as water from a deep, clear well The plot follows a freelance journalist named Malik, who is Somali by birth but was raised in Malaysia and now lives in America Malik journeys to his homeland of Somalia, seeking stories for articles Though he is experienced in dangerous locales, he doesn t know w tf he s doing when it comes to Somalia, so his father in law, Jeeblah, goes with him as shepherd All sorts of wackiness ensues, but a multicultural version of The Hangover this ain t Character interactions reveal culture clashes of all conceivable stripes among the country s political and tribal factions, and Farah conveys them all through a remarkably clear lens After all, he concludes, every resident of this city is guilty, even if no one admits to being a culprit Images are precise yet leave all to a reader s imagination Thus, a balcony isn t given specific dimensions, but is large enough for a sumptuous party, and a jeep becomes a four wheel drive A pleasure.Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal.