Yeah so I was looking for this book ‘The cry of the peacock’ in every country I’m in for about a year and a half now, I even told my brother to look for it all over london when he was vacationing there last christmas (maskeen dar 390 book shops with no luck. It’s out of stock and print, he said). So I finally had to order something off amazon and thought might as well include a couple of books in the shipment (I hate ordering online coz I don’t like to wait for stuff to be delivered. Yup I’d rather waste a year looking for the book instead). So when I finally received the book it turned out that I ordered more than one copy (not shifa7a, promise!). Anyones interested? I’m giving them away.. (the extra copies that is πŸ˜› )

So.. (so many so’s in one post), I want to say something to those who like to read and immerse themselves in good books with middle eastern backgrounds.

1-“The Bastard of Istanbul” by the turkish author Elif Shafak is one of the best books I’ve ever read, it’s up there with the kite runner (yep thats the book I compare other books to). You have to read it if you haven’t done so already.

2-Alf Laila’s blog. It’s a blog by a talented Kuwaiti author. I’ve been following her writings and stories for a long time now, and I think she’s got the ability to write stories like the best of them. I hope she gets the recognition she deserves and I also hope that she finds it in herself to write the remaining parts of her latest story, Doubt, faster!


This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 12:42 am

16 Responses to “Seeing Doubles”

  1. eleventh.st says:

    I think Alf Laila is truly talented! Her stories are deep and very well written! I am very glad she decided to start blogging again!

    I hope she gets recognized for her talent too!

  2. Kha says:

    I’d love to have an extra copy. I’ve just got into reading books about the middle east region lately and I wouldn’t mind reading that one πŸ™‚

  3. Yousef says:

    Kha email me ur address and tell me which one are u interested in? Cry of the peacock or my name is red? Or both?

  4. Hamad says:

    alla ekhesa min ketab lawa3 chabdy wana adawra

  5. Web Weaver says:

    I got ‘My Name is Red’ at Virginis few weeks ago.. it is still on my TBR pile, and if you go to Dubai, check out the book stores there too, they have a lot of books that might be out of print, or you can’t find them here. It is such a shame Virgins Kuwait is changed into an electronics store and the books are only in a small section in the store.

  6. Marzouq says:

    I have been following Alf Laila for a while now, great writer! She shud write a book, I think that would be fantastic!

  7. Noura says:

    If you are interested in books with Middle Easters backgroud I highly recommend “Pillars of Salt” by Fadia Faqir http://www.amazon.com/Pillars-Salt-Interlink-World-Fiction/dp/1566562538/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241506656&sr=8-1

  8. yousif,, i want cry of the peacock.. ow elaqraboon awla bil ma3roof πŸ˜›

  9. 1001Nights says:

    Yousef ma gassart mashkoor wayed wayed 3ala il mention πŸ™‚

    Eleventhst & Marzouq, id3ooli please I do want to eventually write a book but I’m really dragging my feet I guess. If I do publish something I want to do something really good and I need to do tons of editing. Thanks so much for the support guys it means a lot to me.

  10. 1001Nights says:

    Oh and btw I’ve read Cry of the Peacock and Bastard of Istanbul and they’re both absolutely amazing. BUT, I see you’ve bought Flee Palace also by the same writer who wrote Bastard of Istanbul and I’ve started reading it it’s not HALF as good. Madri it’s a little a slow. I haven’t finished it yet I got bored and have moved on to other books. But I’d be interested in reading your review. And definitely I wanna read your review of Cry of the Peacock! That’s one of my favorite books of all time. My advice is start with Cry of the Peacock and then move on to Flea Palace.

  11. ANM says:

    ME ME ME ..Please ..so I’ll finish it before the finals πŸ™‚

  12. brute-o says:

    i highly recommend this:

  13. Kha says:

    Yousif, how do I email you my address? I don’t know your email address πŸ™‚

    I’m interested in Cry of the Peacock

  14. Aloosh says:

    If you are interested in books with Middle Easters backgroud I highly recommend books of my mother in law
    check her website
    her latest is an amazing story.. you’ll love it


  15. Yousef says:

    guys got the first book ‘Cry of the peacock’. the second one ‘My name is red’ however is still up for grabs.. if anyone’s insterested don’t hesitate to leave a comment. (ANM and weld el me6aba ilkalam likom).

    Kha I got your email. it’ll be sent to your door soon inshallah πŸ™‚

  16. mawaheb says:

    dear yoyo id like to have these books pls