Half of April was travel, which was great. Travel means airports, planes, books, and photography. I’m a huge fan of all of those.
Children of Gebelawi is one of the most famous books written by Naguib Mahfouz, and is the one that almost got him killed. The book is a fictionalization of the Quran – i.e., retelling the stories of the Old and New Testaments in a storyline that takes place in an Egyptian neighbourhood. That is a pretty blasphemous thing to do I guess.
The book is a classic, and that is the reason I bothered to read it, and it wasn’t bad, but I think its quality is surpassed by its reputation.
I watched the movie before I read the book. The movie was great. If I spent the time to write a top 10 movies list it would probably be there. These are my favourite roles for Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and maybe even Brad Pitt.
The book was well-written and didn’t waste time or have a lot of filler.
This essay was written by Charb, or Stéphane Charbonnier, a journalist and cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo who was killed in the terrorist attack on January 7, 2015, only days after finalizing the draft of the essay.
It is very well-written, and more nuanced and thoughtful than you think. I highly recommend it.