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Emad Attely [The Book Nerd]

My biggest passion is reading books of any kind. I, simply, read in order to live.

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موسم الهجرة الى الشمال
الطيب صالح
Uncle's Dream
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Antony and Cleopatra
William Shakespeare, Cynthia Marshall, Barbara A. Mowat, Paul Werstine
The Maze Runner
James Dashner
Mockingjay
Collins Suzanne
The Complete Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Delphi Classics
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
الصوت روح
Huda Aweys
مذكرات زوجة دوستويفسكي
Anna Grigoryevna Dostoyevskaya, خيري الضامن
وعاظ السلاطين
علي الوردي

Falling Man

Falling Man - Don DeLillo description

Ummmm! Well, actual rating: 2.5 :)
Difficult to rate! But in my opinion, the novel was not that interesting!
I enjoyed the first chapter, the opening chapter, but then things got really slow and somehow tedious! Sometimes I felt really excited, but, unfortunately, I felt bored most of the time!

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There is one major idea discussed throughout the novel, which is the idea of God. It's a very good idea, and I think it was handled properly and deeply. It was the most interesting thing in the novel!

Obviously the main character, Keith, suffered from his past experience of 9/11. He tried to live and let go, but the past haunted him, and that's maybe the novel's main message.
“He could not find himself”

The Road

The Road - Cormac McCarthy description

Boring!
I've watched the movie years ago, maybe that is the reason I found the book extremely tedious!

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I recommend every body who is planning to read this book, to watch the movie instead! These kinds of books are more interesting when they become movies!

Memoirs of God

Memoirs of God - Clement Leibovitz, Jim McLennan description

"A man whose life is empty of meaning, who has forgotten for a long time what it is to feel happy, who flees from his memories, can also laugh, but his laughter will be peculiar"

I'm not sure I have enough words to describe how much I loved this book or how wonderful it really is. This is the type of book which leaves you speechless, shocked and petrified!

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The story is not like anything I have ever read before. It's truly deep and majestic.
It fascinates the reader and leaves him with a tremendous amount of questions. It opens the mind and refreshes the soul.

"Doubt without faith could be harmful. However faith alone deprives the believer of any merit"

I'm really glad to be the first to review this book :)
I highly recommend it. It's a must read.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales - Oliver Sacks
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This book is truly enthralling. I enjoyed it very much.
It tells stories of people who we wouldn't imagine they even exist.

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But .. I have to admit that at some point I felt really bored!
Nevertheless, it is definitely worth reading.

مرحبا أيها الحزن

مرحبا أيها الحزن - Françoise Sagan, فرانسواز ساجان
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This is the most unexpected book this month!
I wasn't supposed to like it, but unexpectedly I did!

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The story is so traditional and predictable, but the fact that its writer has actually written it when she was 19 gives the story extra credit.
There is one quotation that I truly loved:

"Anne, I love you, only you. Do you believe me?"
"Don't tell me so often. It frightens me."

I'd love to thank my dear friend Sarah for 'mentioning' this book! Honestly she didn't recommended it! She just mentioned it, and for that I'm thankful :)

I should watch the movie adaptation of this book tonight!

كتاب المعانقات

كتاب المعانقات - Eduardo Galeano, إدواردو غاليانو, أسامة إسبر description

‎ربما يصيبك إحساس بالحيرة وعدم التركيز والفهم عند قراءة هذه المعانقات!
‎وهذا طبيعي جداً! اللقطات في هذا الكتاب رمزية، ولذلك صعبة ومعقدة إلى حدّ. ولكنها رغم ذلك جميلة وعميقة.

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هناك الكثير من الاقتباسات والحِكَم التي خرجت بها من الكتاب.
ولا بد من أن أقول أنني في كثير من المواضِع في الكتاب شعرت بالملل، ربما سببه اختلاف الثقافة. فكما لاحظت أن جُلّ تركيز واهتمام الكاتب كان على قضايا ومشاهد سياسية خاصة ببلده الأوروغواي وأمريكا اللاتينية عموماً. وحتى تُفهَم فيجب أن يكون القارىء مُلِماً نوعاً ما بالسياق السياسي والاجتماعي لها.

على كل حال، هو كتاب خفيف وجميل .. ويستحق القراءة.

A Tear and a Smile

A Tear and a Smile - Kahlil Gibran, H.M. Nahmad, Robert Hillyer, جبران خليل جبران
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“Yesterday I was rich in happiness and today I am poor in gold”

First off, there is one fact I'd like to make clear: Gibran in translation (English translation) is far more elegant and grandeur than the Original Gibran! And that is really weird!
I tried to read this book in Arabic but I found it silly and boring, while in English it was really profound and deep. I don't know why that happened!

Anyway, this book is a book of wisdom. It truly touched my heart. I loved it.

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I'd like to say a very BIG 'Thank You' to my friend Sarah for recommending this book to me :)

Everyman

Everyman - Anonymous description

Everyman. It summarizes the life of Everyman, and it's Anonymous author indicates that it could be written by any man! This is the message.

I liked it. There are many lessons one can learn from it.
It's a nice light read.

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Netotchka

Netotchka - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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“You sensed that you should be following a different path, a more ambitious one, you felt that you were destined for other things but you had no idea how to achieve them and in your misery you began to hate everything around you.”

What a wonderful heartbreaking novella!
It shattered my heart into pieces, then it crushed all of those pieces by being unfinished!

It is a real gift to know and read Dostoyevsky.
He leaves me speechless everytime!

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Highly Recommended :)

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Tolkien is a major writer of fantasy. I remember watching his amazing trilogy Lord of the Rings long time ago, and I still remember how much I liked it.

Now I finished reading his trilogy and I feel nostalgic! Probably I'm gonna watch the movies again tonight!

I loved the books.

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Recommended :)

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Tolkien is a major writer of fantasy. I remember watching his amazing trilogy Lord of the Rings long time ago, and I still remember how much I liked it.

Now I finished reading his trilogy and I feel nostalgic! Probably I'm gonna watch the movies again tonight!

I loved the books.

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Recommended :)

The Return of the King

The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Tolkien is a major writer of fantasy. I remember watching his amazing trilogy Lord of the Rings long time ago, and I still remember how much I liked it.

Now I finished reading his trilogy and I feel nostalgic! Probably I'm gonna watch the movies again tonight!

I loved the books.

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Recommended :)

The Two Towers

The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Tolkien is a major writer of fantasy. I remember watching his amazing trilogy Lord of the Rings long time ago, and I still remember how much I liked it.

Now I finished reading his trilogy and I feel nostalgic! Probably I'm gonna watch the movies again tonight!

I loved the books.

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Recommended :)

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Tolkien is a major writer of fantasy. I remember watching his amazing trilogy Lord of the Rings long time ago, and I still remember how much I liked it.

Now I finished reading his trilogy and I feel nostalgic! Probably I'm gonna watch the movies again tonight!

I loved the books.

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Recommended :)

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Anna Quindlen
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Lizzy and Mr. Darcy :)
Maybe this is my favorite romance! I fell in love with it immediately once I watched the movie (Keira Knightly's version).

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The book is amazing.
Recommended.

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation - Seamus Heaney, Anonymous
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What a classic!
I still remember when professor Thaer introduced Beowulf to us 5 years ago.
I really loved it back then, and I still love it now.

Recommended.