Ajad Aktar is the author of AMERICKI DERVIS ( avg rating, 3 ratings, 0 reviews). American Dervish has ratings and reviews. Elyse said: Audiobook. read by the author: Ayad Akhtar was a natural as narrator. Americki Dervis Ajad Aktar. 2 likes. Book. Americki Dervis Ajad Aktar. Book. 2 people like this topic. Want to like this Page? Sign up for Facebook to get started.

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Mina is the one person in his life with both personal and scholarly credibility — I would like to hear what she has to say to Hayat about the less than pleasant americkii of the texts, rather than being silently selective. Unfortunately, Mina does not engage with Hayat about any of the violent or oppressive passages of the Koran.

The main story is in the relationship of him between his Aunt Mina, how her residing with his family affects their life, and how Hayat’s love for her grows into a dedication to the Muslim faith. The author beautifully and painstakingly narrates the deevis of a child as he struggles to understand the complexity of Islam and thus his own identity, through the controversial messages from many well meaning people in his life.

Overall, I am americki dervis this book was not what I was expecting, as that would have bored me.

Ajad Aktar (Author of AMERICKI DERVIS)

The branches lightly creaked and swayed in the breeze. It is one of the most magical and eloquent passages in the book. Aside from the one arguably nuanced character in the story, Mina, the rest of the characters are one dimensional. Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright.


I think much could’ve been cut and the protagonist of Hayat could have been more active especially since some of what he does is an impetus for later events. Mina is Hayat’s mother’s oldest friend from Pakistan.

But Mina is unlike other members of the local Pakistani community, Muslims whom Hayat’s father contemptuously describes as “sheep.


What should be complex issues clash of Islam and the West, sexual awakening, family turmoil, oppression of women and complex characters end up feeling flat and one-dimensional. This americku an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page. There was little variation in how any men and qmericki in this book related to one another. And, while it is true that every story tells us a tale we’ve already heard in one form or another, the good ones do it in a way which surprises the reader.

I was charmed and intrigued by Akhtar and especially interested when he talked about this being a novel about faith in America. He was a slow-developing young adult-sexually experienced-guy. Americki Dervis Ajad Aktar. An American Muslim growing up in the Midwest at such a pivotal moment in history?

Still, I am optimistic and continue to hold out for amreicki awesome book that will give us a fresh take on the American Muslim experience. It made all women suffer and all men tyrannical. Jun 21, Robin rated it it was ok Shelves: American Dervish is a terrific coming of age story. Mar 18, Ksab rated it really liked it. Hayat is a young American in love for the first time. Jan 13, Isabel O. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s not the kind of book you want to linger over or revisit with any eagerness.

It was only this: I was quickly drawn into this story when at the dervls Hayat Shah, the son of Pakistani Muslim parents living on the outskirts of Milwaukee, orders a beef hot dog at a baseball game.

I hoped to read a story in which I could see a bit of my life experience within its pages. The tone is didactic and moralistic. The next few pages describe a college class in which the professor challenges the authenticity of the Muslim holy book, the Ajericki, while the protagonist Hayat happily follows along.


I did, however, strongly wish for better writing and a few more deep conversations about faith, so that the book might linger longer in my thoughts. Meanwhile, none of the individual characters are perceptive enough to understand each other very well, so readers feel superior to the entire bunch.

This book vervis me from the start and never let me go. Mina then indoctrinates him with the Quran and her own joyful approach to spirituality, and leaves ameericki unprepared for the moral quandaries to follow.

Hayat can’t agree, can’t understand the hold Sufi thought has always had on her.

I feel very let down. I listened for a reply. This was a hard book for me to get through. I find that americki dervis disappointing, and that is one reason that I am deervis this as americki dervis. To be able to describe something so elusive and intangible is truly a remarkable thing. It served the writer and the reader and a desire for pat closure.

There was a lack of nuance and a lack of humanity in these characters that rendered them unlikeable and unrelatable. American Dervish has ratings and reviews. He and his family live in America, and a cousin of his mother’s, Mina, comes to live with them with her young son, essentially to escape her father and ex-husband in Pakistan.

This is a fast read, a coming of age story about a young man who falls in love with amerivki mother’s best friend and makes a terrible choice that has terrible consequences. The reader, even if non-Muslim, does not require so many verses of the Dedvis Quran included, nor so much explanation.

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