Dizem que sou calmo e sereno, mas pouco sabem do que acontece no meu interior. Todos temos um vulcão dentro de nós que pode entrar em erupção a qualquer momento. Esse é o meu maior problema: controlar meu vulcão tão bem a ponto de ninguém perceber que sou igualzinho a eles. Eu disfarço e finjo não ouvir os xingamentos, eu relevo toda a dor e toda frustração, faço uma maquiagem tão bem feita que ninguém nota minhas rupturas. Ninguém nota que eu também preciso de atenção. Ninguém nota que também sofro e que não estou mais aguentando, estou a ponto de jogar a toalha e ir pelos ares.
Tenho sentido uma paz tão reconfortante e branda. Não sinto vontade de gritar minha felicidade, de mostrar para ninguém que consegui chegar a onde queria. Minha mente está em sintonia com meus sentimentos e ao meu redor só permanece quem realmente é do meu interesse. Os dias estão sendo tranquilos e meu sorriso é maior que o céu.
When you read Harry Potter books, do you get cured? Read it a hundred times, is there any cure? You get disturbed even more!
There is no comparison from all dunya books to Holy Quran; that one is dunya words and this one is Allah’s words!
On every letter of the Holy Quran there are Allah’s rewards – “Alif. Laam. Meem.” or “Kaaf. Haa. ‘Ayn. Saad.” Not one book from around the world gives you reward when you read it except the Holy Quran.
Follows the story of a character we initially know only as
Alif, a computer hacker (dare I say hacktivist) who provides online security
for his clients in an unnamed Middle Eastern state. At the same time his lover, Intisar, leaves
him after becoming engaged to another man, and his system is hacked by a
security agent that they call the “Hand of God.” Alif acquires a book called
the Alf Yeom or The Thousand and One Days, a book belonging to the jinn but copied
down by humans. This book might hold the key to unseating The Hand as well as
the corrupt government censors but the book contains a treacherous final story.
Alif is suddenly on the run, unintentionally dragging his friend Dina along
with him into a world of danger coming from the natural world and the
What I loved:
For non-Muslims who struggle to comprehend the religion
outside of the abstract, Alif the Unseen is
an excellent way to gain some insight. It is a work of fiction framed around
the reality of the faith which offers a lot of perspective. I cannot say enough
about how important this is. Wilson has done an incredible job at making her
book accessible and understandable to non-Muslims and she should be commended
Alif the Unseen also
did an excellent job at delving into the social classes and barriers within the
society. Alif is the child of an Arab man and his Indian second wife; his
neighbor Dina is the daughter of two Egyptians; and his love Intisar is an
upper class Arab girl (which according to the book is distinct from being
Egyptian Arab). Watching how these classes play out is very interesting but the
author also displays the difference between the very devout characters—like
Dina and Sheikh Bilal—and the (significantly) less so like Alif. It also shows
Alif’s journey towards faith in a beautiful way.
One great mystery throughout the entire book is Alif’s real
name. Alif is his online ‘handle’ and it is also the first letter Arabic
alphabet. We are frequently told that Dina uses his ‘given name’ but it is only
at the end that we find out what it is.
There is a moment in the book that I won’t give away but it
is an astoundingly beautiful moment of realization for Alif in a scene between
himself and Dina. I could talk about it for ages but I won’t because if anyone
should read this I want them to experience it.
Also I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite
character, Vikram. Again though, don’t want to say too much about him at this
stage. Suffice it say – Looks like he
could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll.
What I maybe didn’t
Wilson wrote what seemed like a lot of major characters into
this book and she did a good job of making the vast majority of them three
dimensional. However it did fall short for me with a couple characters, most
notably when it came to a character called NewQuarter who I think I liked
better before we properly met him.
I mentioned earlier the mystery of Alif’s name and how much
I loved it. However there was just one clue to his name which I felt was a dead
giveaway, however it would depend on you if you’ll get it at that point.
My final thoughts:
Alif the Unseen should
be on every High School Lit curriculum everywhere, particularly in the west. It
humanizes the people of the Middle East and particularly the Muslim community
in a way that we desperately need. It is spectacular for interfaith
understanding and for general Western understanding of the Middle East.
You should read this
if you liked: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Artemis Fowl