Sweetness in the Belly

Sweetness in the Belly

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The life story of Lilly, a white Muslim nurse born in Ethiopia to British parents in the 1950s.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, 2006, c2005.
ISBN: 9780385660181
Branch Call Number: FIC Gibb af 33164003382749 f 33.00 fic 179824 cpy 1 aurora
FIC Gibb af 33164003382756 f 33.00 fic 179823 cpy 1 aurora
FIC Gibb
Characteristics: 415 p. : map.

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ktx2406
Jan 21, 2020

I first read this book soon after publication. Over the years I thought about different details of the book again and again, but I had forgotten the title. I searched the library website, and my lists of books read and books recommended, but I couldn't find it. A friend suggested asking one of the librarians at Mpls Central Library, so I did. The librarian did a Google search, adding all the details I could remember about the book and found the title, there were 3 copies available on the shelf. It was different than I remembered - as with so many memories some details loom larger and other are overlooked. It was every bit as good as my first read more than a decade ago. Wonderful book.

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Audrey_1974
Aug 16, 2019

Read it (again) before the film adaptation makes it’s debut at TIFF.

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tlvanapeldoorn
Mar 14, 2017

Story is about a refugee coming to Canada from Somalia. Gives a good prospective of differences with in the muslim religion. A young white british women is orphaned due to her hippie parents being murdered . She is adopted and brought up as a Sufi Muslim in Morocco.
When she moves to Harar, Ethiopia ( stricter muslim area) she is called a ferungi a foreigner . Despite being brought up as a devout Muslim she is seen as a white women.
She eventually has to leave Harar due to her political affiliation with a deposed, corrupt emperor. She moves to London , England in the 1980's . She once again experiences racial prejudices on many levels.. It is written in a poetic fashion.
A very good read.

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Lynsey26
Feb 08, 2017

Beautifully crafted.

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GLNovak
Oct 04, 2016

This is an interesting angle from which to view Islam. Lilly is English but raised as a Muslim first in Morocco and then in Ethiopia after her parents die in a car crash. We first meet her as an adult in London where she works as a nurse, and maintains her religious faith through friendships in the immigrant community. The author entwines the story of her upbringing and life before England with the present day. We see her learning to be a Muslim, and in the here and now staying true to that heritage, all the while functioning in the nonreligious English environment . Her steadfast belief in her future reunification with her Ethiopian love is amazing. The writing kept me reading and kept me liking and hoping that Lilly would be happy.

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HAMURCHISON
Dec 26, 2015

Well written book that provides a small glimpse at Ethiopia and it's more recent history.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

A truly wonderful novel set in the traumatized refugee communities and grim housing estates of Thatcher's London, where Lilly, a white Muslim nurse, grieves the people she left behind in the chaos and civil unrest of Ethiopia. Deeply committed to the faith she adopted after her ex-pat, hippie parents were killed in Morocco, the rootless Lilly had just begun to find a sense of home in Harar when she was forced to abandon the city and her nascent love affair with Aziz, a political young doctor, for a lonely exile in England.

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sari
Feb 02, 2014

An incredible story about a young girl of British ancestry ,raised as a Muslim .
The insights about Africa and Muslim history which Gibbs has weaved into a love story showcases the authors gifts.
Shortlisted for a Giller Prize .

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maghennicole
Sep 24, 2013

Couldn't put it down. Amazing book, extremely well written. The definition of a page-turner.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

Deeply committed to the faith she adopted after her ex-pat, hippie parents were killed in Morocco, the rootless Lilly had just begun to find a sense of home in Harar when she was forced to abandon the city and her nascent love affair with a politically minded young doctor for a lonely exile in England. Living among traumatized refugees in London’s grim housing estates, Lilly, a white Muslim nurse, grieves the people she left behind in the chaos and civil unrest of Ethiopia.

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