The Dove's Necklace

The Dove's Necklace

A Novel

Book - 2016
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When a dead woman is discovered in Abu Al Roos, one of Mecca's many alleys, no one will claim the body because they are ashamed of her nakedness. As we follow Detective Nassir's investigation of the case, the secret life of the holy city of Mecca is revealed. Tackling powerful issues with beautiful and evocative writing, Raja Alem reveals a city--and a civilization--at once beholden to brutal customs, and reckoning (uneasily) with new traditions. Told from a variety of perspectives--including that of Abu Al Roos itself.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Overlook Duckworth,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781590208984
Branch Call Number: MYS Alim
Characteristics: 474 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 26, 2016

A book of contrast. In some ways there is beauty and richness, but in another way, it is a slow read--meandering around the plot. Some difficulty may come from not being familiar in everything with the culture, lifestyle and religious practices. But I do not regret reading it.

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