Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Last Friend: A Novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun

This novel is divided into three sections. The first tells the story of the academic, Ali, who is heartbroken at suddenly having his best friend cut him out of his life. Part two, (physician) Mamed's explanation of his actions and motivations, leaves the reader with more questions than answers. The last section is told by a mutual friend who is looking on. Set in Morocco the novel covers the country's struggles to reinvent itself after winning independence from France in the late 60's.

This is an interesting book that explores a lifelong friendship and the ways that such a friendship can change a person and a life.

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