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(I've generated some nasty comments recently to my reviews, the main arguments being I am either unspeakably glib or largely ignorant of actual historical context Maybe But I mean well I hope my shelves show I'm trying to learn about life outside my zip code, and if I have a few intellectual hiccups, I think overall this exercise is working Maybe I write this preface because I know some people get angry about their issue This review is not a lawyer's brief; nor is it a speech by some Heinz magnate (by marriage) This book gave me hope, maybe a moment of clarity.)What are we missing? There was 911 And, beyond that, every night, a TV screen full of chanting hate Cat Stevens on youtube agreeing that Rushdie should die Peace Train, my ass So, I hardened; easy because I distrust all religions.Then I flew into the Seattle airport Three security personnel were there at the gate: three women in Muslim garb In a U.S airport A part of me tightened A daughter said to me, Don't be that guy Thankfully, I am still capable of shame.What was I missing?Well, at least the humor This superb novella 'The Wedding of Zein' was hilarious Not Benny Hill funny; not Amy Schumer funny But Bartleby funny Zein is an idiot And not a handsome one So, when word gets out that he is marrying the loveliest girl in the village, things turn upsidedown.Yes, it's hilarious..until it isn't A miracle happens Zein, of course, is at the center of it Not a religious miracle A spiritual miracle So I could believe too.And if I can believe, so can you I noticed that almost all of the reviews of this book on Goodreads are in Arabic, which I do not read I don't know if the Sufism which runs through this fable still has any legs Or is in disrepute Yet, the story is immediate, the way Bartleby still is.I keep bringing Bartleby up Maybe that's what I'm trying to say I'd take Bartleby to every Moslem country and say, Here, read this, if you think you know me Like I read The Marriage of Zein, because I didn't know you. النيل والفرات:يولد الأطفال فيستقبلون الحياة بالصريخ، هذا هو المعروف ولكن يروى أن الزين، والعهدة على أمه والنساء اللائي حضرت ولادتها، أول ما مس الأرض، انفجر ضاحكاً وظل هكذا طول حياته كبر وليس في فمه غير سنتين، واحدة في فكه الأعلى، والأخرى في فكه الأسفل، وأمه تقول إن فمه كان مليئاً بأسنان بيضاء كاللؤلؤ ولما كان في السادسة ذهبت به يوماً لزيارة قريبات لها، فمرا عند مغيب الشمس على خرابة يشاع أنها مسكونة وفجأة تسمر الزين مكانه وأخذ يرتجف كمن به حمى، ثم صرخ وبعدها لزم الفراش أياماً ولما قام من مرضه كانت أسنانه جميعاً قد سقطت، إلا واحدة في فكه الأعلى، وأخرى في فكه الأسفل كان وجه الزين مستطيلاً، ناشئ عظام الوجنتين والفكين وتحت العينين جبهته باردة مستديرة، عيناه صغيرتان محمرتان دائماً، محجراهما غائران مثل كهفين في وجهه ولم يكن على وجهه شعر إطلاقاً لم تكن له حواجب ولا أجفان، وقد بلغ مبلغ الرجال وليست له لحية أو شارب تحت هذا الوجه رقبة طويلة من بين الألقاب التي أطلقها الصبيان على الزين الزرافة والرقبة تقف على كتفين قويتين تنهد لأن على بقية الجسم في شكل مثلث، الذراعان طويلتان كذراعي القرد والساقان رقيقان طويلتان كساقي الكركي أما القدمان فقد كانتا مفرطحتين عليهما ندوب قديمة والزين يذكر قصة كل جرح من هذه الجروح يحكي الزين قصته فيقول: الجرح دا يا جماعة ليه حكاية ويستفزه محجوب قائلاً: حكاية شنو يا عدير؟ يا مشيت تسرق ضربوك بي غصن شوك ويقع هذا موقعاً حسناً في نفس الزين، فيستلقي على قفاه ضاحكاً، ثم يضرب الأرض بيديه ويرفع رجليه في الهواء ويظل يضحك بطريقته الفذة، ذلك الضحك الغريب الذي يشبه نهيق الحمار وكان ضحكة قد أعدى الحاضرين جميعاً، فيتحول المجلس إلى قهقهة مروية ويتمالك الزين نفسه، ويمسح بكم ثوبه الدمع الذي سال على وجهه من الضحك، ويقول: أي أي مشيت أسرق يأخذك الطيب الصالح إلى عوالم تزخر بشخصيات تضحكك حيناً تبكيك أحياناً، وتزرع في قلبك تلك المسحة الإنسانية التي تكشف عن براعة الطيب الصالح في الوصول سريعاً إلى مساحة احساسات قارئه وصفيات وسرديات وعالم هو رهن مشهد القارئ وواقعه تتيح التعرف إلى إبداعات الطيب الصالح في مسار الصفة الروائية The Wedding of Zein, a charming short story is an example of African, precisely Sudanese magical realism in literature The main character, Zein, is a village misfit, for some an idiot even, also not too impressive in the looks department But he is a kindhearted man and likes to help people especially these poor and excluded from the community He’s also very amorous and the girl who will find herself in the centre of his attention soon will get married Unfortunately not to Zein.The novel is unpretentious, warm, funny, sometimes even lyrical We get some vivid descriptions of folk customs, local beliefs and everyday life in a small village And if you want to know by what twist of fate Zein will marry the most sought after girl just find hour or so to read it. I just finished reading this remarkable novel and I'm filled with that ecstatic, airy joy that comes once in a great while, at the end of a perfect read Maybe not perfect for you I can't say It's a very different story It's not even supposed to be Salih's 'masterpiece;' Season of Migration to the North is that All I can say for sure is that I felt the presence of an author who was in complete command of the story he wanted to tell, and that it's like no other story I've read before Zein, the titular character, is the village idiot,a tolerated outsider than a fully integrated member of the village The story is as much about community as it is the story of Zein and his upcoming, surprising marriage The community can't believe that any woman would want to marry this odd characterthat any woman would consider it Their bafflement and their ultimate acceptance of this outcome is the narrative that drives the story Each person in the village, one by one, and finally the group as a whole must come to terms with Zein's humanity At the wedding feast itself the people finally allow Zein to enter fully into a community of his peers; indeed he becomes the focal point of their shared humanity.This is a story about acceptance of others Its theme is that no matter how unusual or impaired a person is, he has a place where he belongs While I know that Salih spent most of his life as an expatriate in London, this novel feels full of his love for his home country, and full of nostalgia for a way of living where communities arelike extended families, instead of the Western model of communities beinglike groups of individuals who happen to live in anonymous proximity to one another. Tayeb Salih was one of the great Muslim Sudanese writers Arguably his most famous book, Season of Migration to the North, is super hard to come by but NYRB has gotten to this one, Wedding of Zein, and I suddenly started feeling like I should read some Muslim authors when that idiot almost started WWIII the other day.Zein is the village idiot, some sort of ecstatic goofball who ricochets around town crashing weddings and grabbing asses He sounds awful, frankly Like, here's an example: he harasses a woman on her wedding night, the woman's brother drove him away, and later Zein almost kills the brother out of pique. But it turns out that's not really the story That's a story Really, the brother was Seif adDin, the shittiest guy in town, who turned out his own father's elderly servant to live in poverty, and Zein's beatdown inspires adDin to pull his shit together and become a better Muslim.Salih weaves stories together like this throughout this deceptively intricate book Zein's best friend is a Sufi mystic named Haneen In his introduction, Hisham Matar suggests that Zein is some kind of dervish: Sufi dervishes live in poverty, are known for their ecstasy, and live fully in the moment Zein does all these things, too.Also included in this edition are two short stories In the Doum Tree of Wad Hamid, rural villagers in a shitty town beset by horseflies protect the tree in their village at all costs In A Handful of Dates, a grandson barfs Both stories are excellent. This is what the book is like:You gather expectantly around a fire, patiently awaiting the sagacious old man with the wild, untrimmed beard to begin his stories He is unsophisticated and speaks plainly The stories are tragicomical and a little bit mythical They are engaging although the old man tends to digress and meander The stories are subtle and their meaning are not immediately obvious, like a wisdom tale or a fable As he finishes his stories, you want to knowBut then the old man is gone.Three stories:Zein is an oddity, but it is not his choice He draws attention to himself, sometimes unwittingly He has a penchant for getting into trouble and trouble finds him For his deficiencies, he is compensated with unique qualities But he lacks selfcontrol and abuses his strength There are other characters, who seem normal, but have their flaws too The real hero of the story is not Zein but Haneen, a man of peace who brings awareness, repentance and forgiveness to the group.The doum tree of Wad Hamid is another oddity For the villagers it represents tradition, their beliefs, their way of life The government wants to cut it down, replace it with a water pump and a stopping place for the steamer, but the villagers resist They reject modernization and progress, believing them to be incompatible with their beloved tree But the truth is told by the narrator, that there was enough room for everything.The shortest story seems to be about a boy, his grandfather and their wonderful relationship But the real lesson in the story involves a third character It is a warning about complacency, indolence, insolvency and exploitation It has such a profound effect on the boy, that it manifests itself physically.From the doum tree of Wad Hamid:When he had been silent for a time, he gave me a look which I don’t know how to describe, though it stirred within me a feeling of sadness, sadness for some obscure thing which I was unable to define Then he said, “Tomorrow, without doubt, you will be leaving us When you arrive at your destination, think well of us and judge us not too harshly.” Contains the novella 'The Wedding of Zein' and two other short stories The two short stories were okay, nothing special The novella itself is a beautifully written story about a most unlikely hero The prose is sometimes abrupt to the point of being jolting and other times magically lyrical This contrast kept me glued to the pages and eager to reach the conclusion However, I feel that the short length didn't allow enough opportunity to flesh out the storyfully, with the result that the last one third didn't feel as good as the first two thirds.Final rating: 3.75* For my Around the World challenge (Sudan).Beautifully crafted short stories and novella from a village by the Nile, written by one of Sudan's greatest writers Through Zein, the toothless but loveable village fool, the scheming but generous elders, and the other quirky villagers we get glimpses of a world that was fast disappearing. Strangely enough, the main feature in this publication is the weakest story in the collection The author writes with a a deftness that is benefited by a correlating short narrative Stories focussing on mythical, emblematic topics such as the first two in the series are, overall,effective in that they allow the reader to fill in the blanks dependant on that given reader's imaginative capacity The author's Hemingwayean style is essentially lost in the main feature, which compensates with a humour that has been seemingly lost in translation. Superb! My kind of style of story, with its surrealism and mysticism Thoroughly enjoyed it, was very strange.