Sweetness in the Belly Set in Ethiopia and South London this is the story of a young white Englishwoman raised as a Muslim in a remarkable and moving examination of race religion and identity in today s world Previous no

  • Title: Sweetness in the Belly
  • Author: Camilla Gibb
  • ISBN: 9780434014538
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in Ethiopia and South London, this is the story of a young white Englishwoman raised as a Muslim, in a remarkable and moving examination of race, religion and identity in today s world Previous novels by the author include Mouthing the Words and The Petty Details of So and So s Life.

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    1. The language is beautiful, the descriptions of the culture and landscape are intense, even her depiction of the main character's feelings in memorizing the Qur'an is, to me, a Muslim, a mind opener. ButThe Islam in her book is not the real Islamic teaching. It's heavily mixed with cultural traditions, but still labeled 'Islam'. I can imagine the readers say "Oh, now I know more about Islam' but are actually misled. True, it's not Miss Gibbs responsiblity (why would you learn about a religion fro [...]

    2. I really need to revise my ratings, as this is one of my all time favourites, up there with "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks. This is a work of fiction that reads like a colourful symphony.ully composed and flowing with notes both wistful and poignant. Ms. Gibb transports the reader into the dusty streets of Africa, squatting in the dirt to dry chillies, or chewing qat to get high. Then readers struggle along with the characters in their daily grind as deposed refugees in Thatcher's Engl [...]

    3. The book was well written, and I liked how it jumped between time periods. But I just didn't feel any pressure to keep reading - it was more like 'a story of the life of' book with no climax or hook. just kinda ended. Amazing how she was able to completely depict Ethiopia in the pages though I read this after coming back from there and I could completely picture the streets and imagine the characters. Another caveat though - her descriptions of Islam were not really accurate - much of the practi [...]

    4. Lilly is the only child of a couple of wandering, hippy English parents: "born in Yugoslavia, breast-fed in the Ukraine, weaned in Corsica, freed from nappies in Sicily and walking by the time we got to the Algarve." In Morocco, she's left in the care of the Great Abdal while her parents go jaunting, only to learn she is suddenly an orphan. Raised by the Great Abdal, a muslim Sheikh, and Mohammed Bruce Mahmoud, a "fiery-haired" ex-British Muslim convert, she found that "once I was led into the a [...]

    5. Gibb depicts the life of a "ferengi" (foreign/white/European) woman (Lilly) living as a devout Muslim in two settings: Harar, Ethiopia and London, England. Through this character's eyes, we learn more about people in this African nation, struggling with day-to-day tasks amid political, economic, cultural and religious tensions--both in their native country and abroad as refugees. The author creates a number of compelling characters who inhabit a variety of positions in the spectrum of the Muslim [...]

    6. Sweetness in the Belly is the moving and heart-warming story of Lilly Abdal. Told in her own words, it adds to it a special liveliness, directness and authenticity. Camilla Gibb has succeeded in creating a rich and detailed account of the life of a young woman caught between cultures and identities. It is also a love story at different levels. Her narrative alternates between periods during the four dramatic years in Ethiopia and those during ten years in London, after leaving Ethiopia in 1974, [...]

    7. Honestly i just finished the book and the one thing i can say is that it has enlighten something within me and this passage has left a strong impression within me."For all the brutality that is inflicted upon us, we still possess the desire to be polite to strangers. We may have blackened eyes, but we still insist on brushing our hair. We may have had our toes shot off by a nine years old, but we still believe in the innocence of children. We may have been raped, repeatedly, by two men in a Keny [...]

    8. i hesitate to outrightly use terms like predictable and cliche, but this book is rife with common "now" afflictions (third-world vs. first-world transition, cross-cultural spirituality, etc.) that reveal quite a lot about the story's eventual outcome. while the story might be more about the journey than the destination, none of the revelations or realizations really sneak up on or enlighten the reader.

    9. This story was so well-written I had to check the front cover a couple of times that it was indeed "A Novel"! The story switches back and forth in time, and the author does it so well I was easily able to read without the dissonance I often feel with the technique. The story of a white Muslim woman in Ethiopia during the times of great changes, this story is also a scrabble-lover's dream. Words like QAT, SUQ, MIRQANA, and more are used throughout. I won't have any trouble remembering those words [...]

    10. "weetness in the Belly is a "quiet" book, it creeps up on you slowly but surely with its poignant tale of love, lost and found set in a world of displaced people and cruel realities.I was apprehensive to read a story of a Muslim woman who is so steadfast in her faith, written by a non-Muslim. I shouldn't have worried much, as the Islamic themes (both spiritual and cultural) were handled with great sensitivity and understanding.Many reviews of this book spoke about the main character's constant s [...]

    11. As someone with very little knowledge of Ethiopia I appreciated this book enormously not only for it's educational value but also for the compelling stories of refugees and the struggles they face trying to build new lives. Novels that manage to weave compelling characters with a depth of cultural and historical information are like gems along my reading journey for they expand my world well beyond what a dry reading of any assortment of texts or articles on the issues could ever hope to do.

    12. An interesting book set in Ethiopia and London. A sensitive and thoughtful account of devastation of dictatorship, revolution and destruction in Ethiopia and the struggles of being a refugee in London - the sense of displacement and loss, whilst dealing with the past traumas of war. Also an interesting analysis of differences in practices of Islam, depending on different cultures and traditions. I am unfamiliar with what the political scene was in Ethiopia in '70's but sense that her political a [...]

    13. Nama Etiopia pernah sangat terkenal pada tahun 1980 hingga 1990-an. Hampir setiap malam, layar televisi kita menampilkan gambar-gambar mengenaskan tentang situasi di negeri tersebut yang dilanda kelaparan berkepanjangan akibat kekeringan dan juga perang saudara. Di negeri dengan sejarah yang panjang ini pernah memerintah seorang kaisar, raja di raja, dengan kekuasaan bagaikan dewa, Haile Selassie. Ia juga sangat dipuja oleh kaum penganut ‘agama’ Rastafaria. Nama Rastafari diambil dari nama k [...]

    14. Right off the bat, I think I should point out that my familiarity with Ethiopian culture and history is not enormous. I don't think I'm in a position to evaluate whether or not Gibb's treatment of the country was or was not problematic. I've been doing some reading about this book, and the consensus from people who know better seems to be that it succeeds in a lot of ways in portraying a complex culture beyond just "starving and poor", but that there are subtle ways in which Lilly's whiteness is [...]

    15. This fascinating story takes us between two very different worlds. London in the 1980’s where Lily is a nurse struggling to find her place and Africa where she was raised by a Moroccan religious leader after being orphaned by her hippie English parents.Much of the action takes place in Ethiopia where Lily must struggle to integrate herself and come to terms with cultural practices strange and abhorrent to her. She finds acceptance and comfort in teaching her adoptive family and other neighborh [...]

    16. Lilly’s parents, British citizens, lead a life of reckless wanderings. While the family is traveling in Ethiopia, Lilly’s parents are killed and Lilly is sent to stay with the Great Abdal, a teacher and leader of his people. She is taught to be a devout Muslim by Abdal and she learns much about literature and art by visits from a great teacher, Muhammed Bruce. Eventually she is sent to live with a young mother, Nouria. Lilly finds she can supplement the income of Nouria and her children by t [...]

    17. “Sweetness in the Belly”, by Camilla Gibb. ****A lush, leisurely love story— but the principal love interest is Ethiopia: people, culture, and religion.The novel tells the story of an Ethiopian Muslim woman of white Irish parentage, and her experience as a teen Ferengi (‘outsider’) in Ethiopia, and a refugee after resettlement in London in 1974.She leaves her heart in Ethiopia, in more ways than one, and the tale is part coming-of-age story, part romance novel— but mainly an account [...]

    18. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars - I really really liked this book - the book deals heavily with the politics of Ethiopia and the practices of Islam, topics which might cause a story to drag or deter readers, but I felt they were so deftly woven into the plot that it never felt like a history lesson. Gibb is a talented writer and I plan to read more of her work!

    19. I really liked this book. Very readable; immerses you into Lilly's world of poverty, war, and exile. Despite these depressing topics- this story uplifts as Lilly rises above her circumstances. I recommend this book to everyone- its truly wonderfully written!

    20. "Somewhere in the last seven years need became superstition, tradition became voluntary, and then ritual further degenerated into a subject of embarrassment." (Pg 240)A story about the challenges faced by African refugees, about starting and abandoning or fleeing one's roots, coming of age in chaos and finding your own truth. I've read the author's memoir (This is Happy) and can see how her personal experiences are interwoven into the novel. 4 stars, a beautiful book.

    21. I enjoyed the book, its basic story line, and I appreciate the educational aspects of the novel (i.e. Ethiopia, Sufi Islam, the difficulties of being a refugee in a western country). I think any reader with an interest in the world, in anthropology, in world religions, will appreciate and enjoy the book. I also think the novel is a very honest, accurate depiction of someone who is dispossessed (someone who finds themselves rootless for a variety of reasons -in this case blending reasons of relig [...]

    22. I picked this book at random and it turned out a winner. I think the love story was what I loved the most. Also it was a wonderful way to learn about another place, culture and political situation. But I have to say that the connection between Lilly and Aziz was lovely, there were so many constraints and they had to be so careful and they were both serious people dealing with a very desperate situation. All of which made their affair potent and affecting.

    23. "Sweetness in the Belly" is about a young women whose parents were English and Irish hippies who left her orphaned at a very young age due to their death. She then stayed with a family friend in Morocco, a priest who taught her, the Muslim religion. From growing up she did not have friends and all she did was study the Quran. But finally around the age of sixteen she was sent to live on her own and to seek shelter from the religious leader of Harar. But since she was a foreigner and did not look [...]

    24. " the shell, he the snail, home."A tale of faith, war, hope, and love. An enchanting concoction of cultures and beliefs that gives the high of qat.

    25. A thoroughly enjoyable book. Having read "The Beauty of Humanity Movement" and it being one of my favourite books of all time, I looked forward to reading this earlier novel by Camilla Gibb. Like " Beauty" this story was equally warm, eloquently told and touching. Daughter of a very nomadic, hippie-like couple and left alone in Morocco, Lily is orphaned at a young age and raised by a much beloved Imam, who schools her in the Muslim faith. Lily embraces her faith completely and it anchors and gui [...]

    26. Imagine that you are the child of Rimbaud or Baudillaire,or Lord Byron or Paul Bowles, trailing after him throught Europe and into Morrocco, living a hallucinatory life,never knowing stability or allowed to put down roots.Such was the life of Lilly, plopped into the care of a certain Sufi Sheikh while her parents were dealing with rough trade in Tangiers.When they are murdered, Lilly becomes a ward of another friend of her parents,and remains in the household of the Sheikh where she transfers al [...]

    27. A novel written by an author who has a PhD in anthropology?! This book was a real treat for me, and although some criticized it for being "overly-academic," this is precisely what I loved about it (along with the skillful writing, which shines even more in Gibb's novel The Beauty of Humanity Movement). The novel oscillates between Lilly's time in Harar, Ethiopia in the late 60's through mid-70's, and her resettlement in subsidized housing in London in the story's present (the 80's and early 90's [...]

    28. Sweetness in the Belly follows the story of Lilly Abal, the daughter of an English father and Irish mother, both world wanderers and hippies. She grows up in Morocco, but is orphaned by age 8 and is brought up by a devout Muslim who teaches her the Qu'ran. When Moroccan internal strife forces her to leave the country, she winds up living in Haran, Ethiopia in a compound of women and children who are all leery of this white farenji, who seems to speak not only English, but Arabic and Amharic. Lil [...]

    29. I really loved this book. I think every Muslim should read it. It captured how I feel about being a Muslim -- that sense of brother/sister-hood with your fellow Muslims of all different races and backgrounds; the misuse of culture. The descriptions of Harar, the ancient, walled, Muslim city of Ethiopia, were beautiful and wonderful. I have actually visited Harar, so it might have meant more to me, but I think anyone reading it gets a sense of the magical grit of Harar. Also, the author captures, [...]

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