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Au pays AUTHOR Tahar Ben JelloE with him A heartbreaking novel about parents and children A Palace in the Old Village captures the sometimes stark contrasts between old and new world values and an immigrant's abiding pursuit of ho. The rich colours of home where they make music when my mind is tired but they stay inside me Mohammed the hero of Tahar Ben Jelloun's elegiac and moving story of a simple man from a small village in Morocco feels completely lost in the fast moving modern world Clad in his grey work overalls all his life in France appears to him as nothing but grey I love colors and I keep that to myself I can't make my children understand it but I don't even try don't feel like talking explaining myselfBack in 1962 the young peasant was persuaded to leave his remote village and join the immigrant labour force in France Mohammed had to change from one time to another one life to another Now forty years later he is about to start his retirement and this new situation preoccupies and worries him deeply From one moment to the next it will end the years of daily routines which have made him feel safe secure and needed They have protected him from reflecting on his life and its challenges Everything seemed difficult to him complicated and he knew he was not made for conflicts In this gently and simply told story Tahar Ben Jelloun explores themes of home immigration faith the social and cultural discrepancies between immigrants and their French surroundings and last but not least the resultant mounting estrangement between parents and their children While concentrating on the specific the author's messages can be applied to similar circumstances elsewhereIn his musings much of it conveyed in direct voice Mohammed recalls images of different stages in his life his childhood his marriage the first ever sighting of the sea all memories that he cherishes and contrasts with his life in France It is his firm grounding in Islam however that has always guided his thinking and behaviour His touchstone for everything was Islam My religion is my identity Tahar Ben Jelloun delicately elucidates the intricate correlation between faith and reality in Mohammed's life and interestingly he links it to the concept of time When Mohammed was young time was structured around the five daily prayers and the year around major festivals throughout the seasons We as readers can easily perceive why after decades of time keeping through his work at an automobile plant he feels completely lost in these early days of 'tirement as he calls it How can he fill time now and in France a place where he does not belong at all Time stretches without structure unless Mohammed realizes he takes on a new project he will build a house for the whole family in the old village Surely that will bring his children back to him and the traditional life as it was before can be rekindledA man like Mohammed barely literate who only speaks his local Berber language has never felt motivated to learn French beyond the basics He can cite the Koran in Arabic but cannot express an independent thought in this holy language He has come to France to work get paid and to return home to his village every summer and eventually for good; his emotional centre is only there His five children on the other hand are growing up in the French environment and speak only French to him The author while seeing the world primarily through Mohammed's eyes such when he describes his hero's attitude towards his wife and inability or unwillingness to comprehend his children nevertheless encourages us to see beyond Mohammed's narrow and naïve interpretation of his surroundings and place his perspective into a broader context And we in turn feel some sympathy for Mohammed's efforts to rebuild his life and for his taciturn acuiescent and submissive wifeTahar Ben Jelloun who also emigrated as a young man to France in 1971 is intimately familiar with the issues that face North African immigrants in France Son of a village shopkeeper he did well in school and was fortunate to pursue his studies in Paris after his release from prison in Morocco He is a prolific and award winning author of many novels and other writings He writes exclusively in French a language he feels is better suited than Arabic for the social topics he wants to address in his fiction Tahar Ben Jelloun's affection for the Moroccan landscape and life in the village is reflected in his use of rich and poetic imagery The fine line between reality and mysticism becomes blurred whenever Mohammed reaches the village For me these passages add some of the most precious aspects in this touching account I tell a story in the hope that it will incite reflection provoke thought That indeed he does with this insightful novel

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Slam and to his assimilated children he decides to return to Morocco where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waits for his children and grandchildren to come b. Muhammad drifted peacefully through his life He never uestioned the ways of the village he grew up in or the customs of his culture even when he and his family were uprooted to France He knew who he was and uietly went through life that way secure in what he knew to be so He locked himself away from the new reality of life in France assuming that things would work out as he knew they would It sounds pretty blissful especially to me who uestions everything and worries endlessly about the future His dreams didn't play out as he envisioned What doesOn another note I discovered the existence of Harun al Rashid and his connection to the Thousand and One Nights which delighted me because of the connection to Rushdie's wonderful book that I enjoyed so thoroughly Haroun and the Sea of Stories I love stumbling upon these paths weaving through uite separate works

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Summary Au pays AUTHOR Tahar Ben Jelloun ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Å Librarian's Note Alternate cover edition can be found hereThe story of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent forty years in France and is about to retire Taking stock of his life his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children he decLibrarian's Note Alternate cover edition can be found hereThe story of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent forty years in France and is about to retire Taking stock of his life his devotion to I. The story of a devout Muslim Moroccan immigrant living in Paris He's a worker on an auto assembly line at Renault He lives in the Arab ghetto projects where the young Muslims occasionally riot and burn cars but he has no interest in politics – he loves his job and his life Once a year on vacation he returns to visit family in the old village which is like going back 50 years in time He drags his kids along and they get bored after the first couple of days But in his opinion all is well – wonderful really He compares his life with others in the factory so we get little vignettes of the lives and problems of other immigrants Then his children reach adulthood and he is of the age where he has to take compulsory retirement Now what will he do with himself He gets the idea of blowing his retirement fund on building a palatial western style house in the old village – no running water or electricity mind you and somehow he expects his children to come visit to celebrate the Muslim holidays and maybe even live with him Meanwhile his grown children are completely westernized – they speak French have their own families and two even married Christians Are they packing up to move to the old village Don't hold your breathWhen he returns to the village to build his house and while he waits for his children to arrive the book switches to fantasy realism as spirits from his ancestral grounds reach out to him The author is probably the best known Moroccan writer He won France’s Prix Goncourt in 1987 for a book The Sacred Night This book is translated from the French Another good book I have reviewed which is about Moroccan immigrants in Europe in this case in the Netherlands is The Book of Doubt by Tessa de Loo This is an edited version of an earlier review I postedphoto of Moroccan immigrants in Paris from theglobeandmailcomphoto of the author from bookslivecoza