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Links (2004)

por Nuruddin Farah

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From the internationally acclaimed author of North of DawnLinks is a novel that will stand as a classic of modern world literature. Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio, Somalia, for the first time in twenty years. But this is not a nostalgia trip--his last residence there was a jail cell. And who could feel nostalgic for a city like this? U.S. troops have come and gone, and the decimated city is ruled by clan warlords and patrolled by qaat-chewing gangs who shoot civilians to relieve their adolescent boredom. Diverted in his pilgrimage to visit his mother's grave, Jeebleh is asked to investigate the abduction of the young daughter of one of his closest friend's family. But he learns quickly that any act in this city, particularly an act of justice, is much more complicated than he might have imagined.… (mais)
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He is a good writer but there is a disconnect here. It's as if his heart just wasn't in it. The story flounders in a murky soup of characters and blurry ideas. Themes struggle with their identity crisis. Maybe this is exactly the intent. That's what I believed on first reading the book, that the style was recapitulating life in Somalia. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
I struggled with this book, persisting because I am interested in trying to understand something about Somalia and the history of conflict there. I have moved on to another of his novels, Maps, and am reading that now. I find Farah's writing to be indirect and allusive, giving me the feeling that I might understand it better if I were Somali. But having said that, I did come to care about the main characters and to be able visualize the environments where the story took place. I feel like I don't totally get the symbolism (if it is that) of the two small girls that the story turns on. In any case, I'm glad I read this novel. ( )
  jdukuray | Dec 31, 2014 |
He is a good writer but there is a disconnect here. It's as if his heart just wasn't in it. The story flounders in a murky soup of characters and blurry ideas. Themes struggle with their identity crisis. Maybe this is exactly the intent. That's what I believed on first reading the book, that the style was recapitulating life in Somalia. ( )
  BCbookjunky | Mar 31, 2013 |
Links addresses Somali clan politics and clan loyalties in the context of the civil war in Mogadishu. Jeebleh, the protagonist, born in Somalia, was arrested and imprisoned by the Siad Barre regime, and was exiled from the country in Barre's last days. His return to the city is prompted by a need to visit his mother's grave and offer her a proper burial right, and to tie up loose ends with his foster brothers and sister.

The book is interesting in its depiction of strife-torn Mogadishu, but fundamentally unconvincing as a novel. The characters never attain any real depth or demonstrate any convincingly true feelings, and the dialogue is stilted and leaden. Farah does provide some superficial insight into Somali clan loyalties, but his aggressively anti-clan posture makes this seem more like a lecture than a natural position for his characters to inhabit. ( )
1 vote zaareth | Feb 21, 2010 |
En usædvanlig og meget anderledes historie, beskrevet gennem mange forskellige personer. Et krigsramt og hærget Somalia danner baggrund for en professors tilbagevenden til sit land efter flugt til USA. Bogen er spændende men kræver også koncentration. ( )
  msc | Sep 28, 2009 |
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From the internationally acclaimed author of North of DawnLinks is a novel that will stand as a classic of modern world literature. Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio, Somalia, for the first time in twenty years. But this is not a nostalgia trip--his last residence there was a jail cell. And who could feel nostalgic for a city like this? U.S. troops have come and gone, and the decimated city is ruled by clan warlords and patrolled by qaat-chewing gangs who shoot civilians to relieve their adolescent boredom. Diverted in his pilgrimage to visit his mother's grave, Jeebleh is asked to investigate the abduction of the young daughter of one of his closest friend's family. But he learns quickly that any act in this city, particularly an act of justice, is much more complicated than he might have imagined.

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