on 4 November 2004
If you are Moroccan or North African, you'll love this book. It was particularly eye-opening for me as a Moroccan born & bought up in London to read about the poverty and hardships Mohamed Choukri faced as a young man trying to find his way in Tangiers.
There are many funny parts to this book as well and you always have the feeling that he'll be alright.
I loved this book & have read it twice, its a book that makes me feel full of hope. Mohamed Choukri has come through these hardships, dealt with the death of his sisters, educated himself and is a great role-model for any young man in Morocco today.
I would strongly reccommend this book to anyone.
This little book is based on the author's own childhood. It paints a vivid picture of 1950s Morocco.
It is not an easy read, becuase the author had an extremely rough time, growing up in the Moroccan underworld. It is not for the faint hearted, for there is a lot of depravity, violence and sex.
There is some very unusual and effective use of language to emphasise the degradation and humiiations faced by the narrator.
It is good literature, but rather a gruelling read.
on 17 December 2010
this unsentimental account of growing up with a difficult father, illiteracy and thus lack of worldly knowlede leads to a succession of mistakes and jail. the lack of hope is eased by a fellow prisoner who teaches him to read and thus open up the world and to change the path of his life. Unsentimental, yet moving.
on 28 October 2008
this book of choukri should have been titled ''For sex and bread alone instead of 'For bread alone'.I heard that he is a famous writer in marocco but you can be famaous even you are not a good writer which happen in this case.The life and moral of poor people is portrated in a very bad light.Of course it has some true on it but i did not find nothing good towards the poor class excpet naming them as thieves,dirty,liers,violent.etc,etc all the bad things you can find.Reading the whole book you will soon realise that the main character in words choukri spends all his childhood and adoleshence with prostitutes rather then trying to live a decent and honest life. Do not buy this book unless you are looking for a soft porno book.I am very dissapointed at myself for spending around £3 towards this book.If i could rate the book with no stars if i could but it is not possible.