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Lonely Planet Discover Italy (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Italy (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Feb. 2016
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Wonderfully comprehensive.


Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan: The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building (African Studies)
Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan: The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building (African Studies)
by Harry Verhoeven
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £61.10

2.0 out of 5 stars Sudan is an extremely complex conglomeration of peoples & histories & the publication's title is not validated by its content., 15 Sept. 2015
I defer to Sudan expert, commentator and researcher Dr. Alex de Waal whose views I share:
http://africanarguments.org/2015/07/13/sudans-hydrocrats-book-review-by-alex-de-waal/
Sudan is an extremely complex conglomeration of peoples and histories and the publication's title is not validated by its content.


Lyrics Alley
Lyrics Alley
by Leila Aboulela
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sudanese Masterpiece, 9 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Lyrics Alley (Paperback)
I consider Lyrics Alley to be Leila Aboulela's finest literary work.
The best Sudanese authors have often contextualised the social backdrop of their writing either within a purely Sudanese setting that is more often than not rural, or through its diametric opposite in the West. Lyrics Alley breaks new ground by juxtaposing the traditional Northern Sudanese culture with its urbane Egyptian counterpart, a feat which is by no means straightforward due to the loaded historical relations between the neighbouring countries which both converge and diverge. Never before has an author explored the cultural intricacies of respective Sudanese and Egyptian personas with such insight and frank unconstraint.
Lyrics Alley manages to accurately resurrect a tumultuous yet positive period in Sudan's pre-independence history that has not received its fair share of documentation. The publication of Lyrics Alley at this time, during the referendum on the secession of South Sudan is fortuitously timely. Lyrics Alley is part Al-Tayeb Saleh, part Carlos Fuentes' Crystal Frontier where he examines the contradictions of Mexican society.


Sudaniyat
Sudaniyat
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £22.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resonant, impressive, soulful, 4 May 2006
This review is from: Sudaniyat (Audio CD)
Rasha's breakthrough album showpieces some of the varied music of Sudan.
Sudaniyat effortlessly blends traditional Sudanese lute (oud) and percussion tunes and beats, Rasha's smoky, soulful voice and the jazzy saxophone melodies of Patxi Pascual.
The result is a musical kaleidoscope of east and west both modern and ancient with an unmissable authentic Sudanese streak.
Most of the songs are centred around love and longing, including saheb almi'raj which praises Prophet Muhammad.
All of Rasha's songs are in Arabic, apart from Lo'lo'lo and Diya Wo which are sung in Nubian.
Sudaniyat is a must have for lovers of world music, alternative jazz and North / East Africa.


Minaret
Minaret
by Leila Aboulela
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, emotional and beautifully human, 27 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Minaret (Hardcover)
Once again Leila Aboulela manages to masterfully delve ever so delicately into the emotional innards of a woman throughout the varied ups and downs of her life. From a life of privelege in Khartoum to the drugery and changes of political asylum in the UK, our trip with Najwa (the main protagonist) not only familiarises her to the readership, it also sheds light on many aspects of Khartoum's societal life during various phases.
The transformation and changes that accompany the active practice of the Islamic faith by Najwa in exile, and the role that Islam plays in the life of Tamer (a protagonist)are both explored against a constant backdrop of human and cultural discord. Leila Aboulela communicates this in a genuine and almost tactile manner that few other authors of this genre manage.
Minaret takes its readers on a voyage to Khartoum and London. It also takes its readers on a universal trip that is insightful, emotional and beautifully human.
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Coloured Lights
Coloured Lights
by Leila Aboulela
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enriching, 12 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Coloured Lights (Paperback)
Leila Aboulela delivers and does not disappoint. Coloured Lights offers a revealing, endearing, candid and at times melancholically comical insight into the sensibilities of Sudanese people caught in between the home they long for and the contrasting country and culture in which they live. She also examines the emotional intricacies of young muslims of other nationalities who grew up in the UK in a remarkably genuine manner. The package is light, refreshingly different and contemplative. A must read for anyone interested in how people from other parts of the world think and more importantly, how they feel.


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