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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications Inc (6 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555838618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555838614
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Son of Nietzsche on 16 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
'Bilal's Bread' should really fall into the category of a 'coming of age' novel, but there is some magic ingredient that seems to lift it into a category of it's own. Perhaps what distinguishes this novel is the graphic sexual nature, or the equal precedence given to the issues of religious, ethnic and cultural isolation; either way, it is a tremendous read for all ages and nationalities.

Bilal is a 16 year old Kurdish boy living in Kansas City with his family - who fled to America after Bilal's father was murdered by Iraqi Secret Police. His family consists of his ineffectual mother, who still lives in the past, an older sister, who has adapted with enthusiasm to life in America, and two older brothers. One, Hakim, has largely renounced Islam and is content to live an easy, Western life. The other, Salim, now 'head of the family', is fanatical about religion, family pride, and preserving the dead father's memory.

Inevitably there are tensions in the local community post 9/11, as the middle eastern families are treated as terrorists by their neighbours and shunned by local businesses. Bilal's journey is even more hazardous due to his growing realisation that he is gay, and his attraction to his best friend, son of the local Imam. Added to this mixture, is the brutal and tyrannical rule of his older brother, Salim, now 26, who has been raping Bilal since he was 9 years old.

The author, Sulayman X, has produced a gripping novel from this melting pot of conflicted loyalties, indoctrinated religious beliefs, and family and social pressures. Though dark and bleak at times, 'Bilal's Bread' is also a cautiously optimistic, incredibly erotic work, and assists in breaking down sweeping prejudices. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. T. Abbott on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this after reading the only review left on Amazon and I have to say that the book really lived up to it!
It really showed a whole race and religion in another light and although the characters are from another part of the world the story could ring true for anyone,anywhere.
It is a very brutal read from the 1st page but immediately your heart breaks for Bilal as his story of abuse is played out with very few characters which enables you to connect quickly with each of them.
The darkness of the story plays alongside a very touching tale of 1st love,coming of age and a young abused boy who finds the strength to fight a fight harder than any war.
I hope more people read this book as it opens your eyes to a very taboo subject which happens day in day out in real life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keoki on 19 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is simply a stunning novel. It combines on the one hand the gut wrenching brutality of Bilal's psychological, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of his oldest brother, with the poignancy of his self discovery, and his discovery of love. Sadly it also points up the hypocracy of some 'utra-religious' and 'overly macho' individuals, who condemn certain sexualities whilst secretly indulging their own illicit passions, often brutally, as if the very violence of the act makes it alright. I would recommend this novel but caution prospective readers that they will be unlikely to remain unchanged by reading it.
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
The Kurdish Abu family lives in Kansas City, refugees having escaped Saddam Hussein's Iraq where their activist father was murdered by the police. However life is not easy in the US, they struggle financially, and Salim, the oldest brother and now family head rules with an over-zealous Muslim fury; Hakim, the second oldest disapproves but does little while the two much younger siblings suffer the brunt of Salim's brutality. But while Fatima is outspoken and stands up to Salim, the younger sixteen year old Bilal meekly takes all the Salim hands out, and this includes daily sexual abuse that has been going on since Bilal was nine years old.

Bilal is different from his brothers who are both big and strongly muscled for Bilal is slight and almost feminine in build, he also has delicate features; his school mates think him beautiful and cute, although he cannot see it. Although Bilal loves his family including Salim he hates the latter's attentions but feels powerles to do anything, family loyalties preclude it. That is until he falls in love with Muhammed, the son of the local Muslim community leader, a black American. With Muhammed's encouragement and help from an unlikely source it seems things might get much better, but before that happens things get very much worse.

Bilal's Bread is not a long story, at around 240 pages barley of average length. Yet reading it it seems much shorter such being so involving, but on content much longer for it packs a powerful punch. Sulayman X delves deep into Kurdish traditions and the Muslim faith, exposing the divisions between pure Muslim beliefs and the corrupted teachings of the more extreme adherents. The former promotes care and understanding, the latter intolerance and lacks mercy.
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