The English translation is very well done and was a pleasure to read. I noticed a lot of reviews on GR in Arabic that complained about the language used however because I am not reading the Arabic version, this was never an issue to me so if those lower reviews put you off, run a few through Google Translate first as the majority of the issues were purely with the language. Hawjan begins to grow close to Sawsan and when one of her friends brings an Ouija Board, he is excited to have the chance to communicate with her. The novel follows the story of their growing friendship and the challenges Hawjan faces in order to protect her from the much more dangerous Jinn.
The worldbuilding in this was excellent. I am unaware how much of it was based on myths and how much was the authors own imagination but the world that was described was brilliant and I loved the differences between the Jinn world and our own. One aspect in particular I liked was the fact that it mentioned that Jinn could be all sorts of different religions.
Hawjan himself is a Muslim Jinn and descended from a Jinn that met the Prophet. This plays an important role in the story and it was very interesting to see supernatural characters be represented as also religious in a very natural fashion. I could barely put it down and managed to finish it very quickly as I enjoyed it so much.
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Like Like. Finally, after the 'great twist' happened, the Jinni comes to live in a human form and also as a Psychiatrist to make Sawsan believe that all of what has happened is a sort of her imagination creation, there I wonder about the day I wasted reading this book. Oh, I forgot maybe it is that people or Jinns do crazy things for the people they love, but that is exactly the same as saying people study to complete their high school.
People do not bother reading this book.
I'm sure you can find a better way to waste your time. View 2 comments. It's been a long time since i read it but from what i remember last time it was intresting to imagine how the jinn world would be if it was visiable to us. I liked that i read the whole thing from hawajn's point of view, to be inside a jinn's head. Jul 23, Mariam rated it liked it. I think this is the second novel I read.
The beginning was really nice. It started to drag a lil towards the end, but I really loved the ending. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. Aug 14, Yasa Al Kiyumi rated it liked it Shelves: owned. I wasn't expecting much from this novel to be honest, but after reading it the only thing that I would have wanted to be fixed would be the use of common dialogue. The story revolves around spirits which we refer to as Jinn.
Jinn are creatures Muslims believe in which is why the book caused some controversy. I've just finished this book after a long struggle in getting my hands to it, somehow it is still not published in UAE or perhaps I just couldn't find it, bottom line my search for it was totally worth it, although some parts are a bit over the edge and the use of mixed Saudi and Egyptian or whatever was that accent gave it some weakness points and that is why as an honest review I can't give it 5 stars.
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Everything else made perfect sense and the sci-fi used is so simplified and very close to ou I've just finished this book after a long struggle in getting my hands to it, somehow it is still not published in UAE or perhaps I just couldn't find it, bottom line my search for it was totally worth it, although some parts are a bit over the edge and the use of mixed Saudi and Egyptian or whatever was that accent gave it some weakness points and that is why as an honest review I can't give it 5 stars. Everything else made perfect sense and the sci-fi used is so simplified and very close to our own reality you might not even be aware that it is a whole different world that the author is talking about.
May 09, Wafaa rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think it's clear that this book is all about the story and the story is what I'm rating here. But yes, I kind of liked the ending, not the happy ending but the schizophrenia thing. It was pretty clever. I never thought of reading it but after a motivation from my BFF it's now one of my favorite novels I've read in ! The book was a huge best-seller, if controversial, in Saudi Arabia and the wider region, and apparently will be filmed soon.
I must say I'm not a huge paranormal romance fan in normal times, but it was interesting to see the tropes adapted to a very different cultural setting. Jun 28, Elle rated it really liked it. As much as I resist writing this review in English with the fact Arabic is my mother language, I have to for couple reasons mostly that I can't quite express how I feel and my almost-failing every Arabic class since middle school. So bear with me. Despite I found the writing enjoyable, it was kind of annoying switching the dialogue from Classic to Jeddah's slang-not that I hold anything for Jeddawi's, you don't know how much I missed the accent, the slang when I lived in Riyadh- somehow it irrit As much as I resist writing this review in English with the fact Arabic is my mother language, I have to for couple reasons mostly that I can't quite express how I feel and my almost-failing every Arabic class since middle school.
Despite I found the writing enjoyable, it was kind of annoying switching the dialogue from Classic to Jeddah's slang-not that I hold anything for Jeddawi's, you don't know how much I missed the accent, the slang when I lived in Riyadh- somehow it irritated me a little, made me smile and laugh occasionally and I get now why people liked talking to me when I was there yeah, that's how much I love Hejazi's.
It was bold move to write that way, but demolishes the literary value of the book. For an Arabic novel, the plot seems genuine and rare though I may not be the best judge since I prefer English over. I don't think "science fiction" is the best term to categorize it, pananormal or fantasy seem to fit more. I do admit I wasn't my teacher's pet when it came to grammar and punctuation but I am neurotic enough to detect few mistakes here and there to be one of my reasons to downgrade my five stars to 3, I believe my copy was beyond the 4th edition and they should be gone by now.
Why is it 4 stars instead of 5 then? The medications mentioned. True both "TraMADol" and CarBAMzepine" work to suppress the central nervous system, the drug-drug interaction is major for the combo to be contraindicated the former may diminish the therapeutic effect of the latter, the latter decrease the former's concentration. In other words, avoid using both because one can cancel the other, so why bother manipulating with facts?
I like it. Read it and I'm here to discuss Sep 15, Steve Cran rated it really liked it. Hawjan Set in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, A jinn and his family find that someone is moving into their abandoned house. A family of humans and the house according to humans had been left abandoned. For a moment they think of fleeing away from the humans to a town of Najaf Jinn called Yatmah. Najaf Jinn are Muslim jinn who believe in Allah. He is in love with a human girl called Sawsan.
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Their contacts start out with the two communicating through a ouija board and then pro Hawjan Set in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, A jinn and his family find that someone is moving into their abandoned house. Their contacts start out with the two communicating through a ouija board and then progress to a tablet. All the while Hawjan's mother warns him against getting overly involved with a human lover. Things get complicated when Hawjan's cousin Xanam shows up.
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Xanam is acting as an agent of the Jinn King Hayaf. Sawsan also has brain cancer which keeps getting worse.
Her father Dr. Abdulraheem has been taken in by sorcererors. It is us to Hawjan to save her. What follows are battle in the Jinn world so remote from human understanding. Hawjan learn to harness his powers and get along in our world. There are several confrontation between human and Jinn. Possessions occur as well. Thoroughly enjoyable as well as quick. THe book has been under some censure in Saudi Arabia and it may have been banned. But you can get it here. Oct 18, Sabah rated it did not like it. First of all I'd like to apologize for reviewing an Arabic book in English, which might seem very pretentious of me.
The book is narrated by a young jinn who falls in love with a human woman whose family moves into the house they occupy. The conceit of the book is that jinn have an entire contemporary society in parallel to the human world. I might be wrong. Readers say that true to its origins, the book is actually quite chaste. The striking part of this ban is that the book does not seem to have been banned for its hot mythical sand demon action—jinns are a common and tolerated folklore, and feature in the Quran—but rather because characters in the book use a Ouija board at some point.