Arab Jazz

Arab Jazz Kosher sushi kebabs a second hand bookshop and a bar the th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live love and worship alongside one another This p

  • Title: Arab Jazz
  • Author: Karim Miské Sam Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780857053114
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant s melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour s brutally mutilated corpse.The violent murdeKosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant s melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour s brutally mutilated corpse.The violent murder of Laura Vignole, and the pork joint placed next to her, set imaginations ablaze across the neighborhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect However detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot are not short of leads What is the connection between a disbanded hip hop group and the fiery extremist preachers that jostle in the streets for attention And what is the mysterious new pill that is taking the district by storm In this his debut novel, Karim Misk demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime.

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    1. This award-winning debut novel was published in 2012, but poignantly echoes real life events in the Paris in which it is set, especially after the Charlie Hebdo murders. Indeed, the magazine even receives a brief mention in the novel, as does the controversial comedian Dieudonne.This is not the Paris of romance and history, but is firmly rooted in current events and reality – to be precise, the 19th arrondissement in a multi-cultural neighbourhood. Laura Vignole is an air stewardess for Air Fr [...]

    2. "Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable"----Cyril Vernon Connolly, an English intellectual, literary critic and writer Karim Miské, a French-Mauritanian writer and director of French documentary films, penned his debut novel, Arab Jazz, a crime thriller set across the 19th arrondissement of Paris and New York, centered around drug trafficking, Salafist Muslims, Jews and Jehovah's witnesses.Synopsis: Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th ar [...]

    3. Sometimes, when reviewing books regularly there is an almost fixed template in your mind to construct your thoughts and feelings about a book. You provide an overview of the waxing and waning of a plot, the strength of the characterisation, the use of location and so on to formulate your critique. However, occasionally you are confronted with a book where you cannot resort to this more simplistic template, and even begin to question your own ability to find the words to describe your reading exp [...]

    4. What an enjoyable read this was! Very interesting setting in one of the multiculti arrondissements of Paris. A neighborhood where you are curious about, but never visit. This neighborhood is boiling over with resentments, fanatical religious zeal of any sort of denomination and small and bigger criminals, which makes up for a rather toxic mix. At the same time, it is a relief to read that it is possible to keep yourself aside from all the turmoil if you go about your own business and not pay att [...]

    5. L'intrigue, un meurtre évoquant au premier abord des motifs religieux, n'est certes pas des plus originales mais plutôt délicate à traiter de nos jours sans faire polémique. Un pari réussi puisque ce fut une très bonne lecture!Le style du récit est assez déroutant. On y trouve beaucoup de phrases sans verbe et de nombreuses descriptions qui n'apportent pas grand-chose à l'enquête mais donnent un certain charme au roman. Aussi, j'ai eu la sensation étrange, mais non moins intéressant [...]

    6. ωραίο νουάρ (καινούργια σε αυτό το είδος ) αλλά λίγο το έχασα με τα ονόματα. απολαυστική ιστορία και συμπαθέστατος ο Αχμεντ!

    7. I am not sure I want literary ambition when I read a crime novel. I want a good story, interesting situations, an intriguing atmosphere and consistent characters – I don’t expect complex characters, just characters that are consistent and hold some sort of symbolic force. Arab Jazz seems to have been well liked in France and Sam Gordon’s English translation got praise least there was a positive review in The Guardian. But I didn’t really like it. In a way the story was ambitious, centred [...]

    8. After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Karim Miské was praised for his prescience in portraying the dysfunctional immigrant youth of the 19th arrondissement in Paris who are prey to the kind of fundamentalist extremism of those responsible for the attack. In a January 2015 interview in The Independent, Miské comes across as a thoughtful and insightful man, “Arab Jazz” has won prizes as a “literary” detective thriller, and perhaps it is meant to be a parody of a corrupt, greedy society with [...]

    9. That France is a melting pot of races and religions, and that under this cauldron fire has risen to the point of causing a violent boil is demonstrated by recent story of Charlie Hebdo, but it is also shown by this original novel that stirs liberally in this cauldron to serve a strange but fun story, hilarious in fact, despite being a quite bloody noir, and with characters that would seem incredible if we do not see similar in the news.The victim, the young hostess whose murder sparks the story, [...]

    10. Two police detectives investigate an apparent hate crime in a rundown Paris neighborhood filled with restless young men and women, all potential prey to the users and abusers who lure them in with holy words and pretty blue pills called Godzwill. The prose whirls and rambles and deftly captures the life of the damaged young Parisian Muslim who is suspected of murdering the young woman he might have loved, if only. Huddled in his book cave, Ahmed ventures out only to replenish his supply of the p [...]

    11. Anti-religious drivel combined with excessive foul language, sexual fantasising and filth - not for me. Abandoned at 44% - just at the point where the author gives us some profound insights into the toilet habits of our main character"Afterwards, he hoses down the inside of the toilet bowl with his urine to dislodge any skid marks."Almost poetry, isn't it? I wonder how the great authors of the past ever managed to tell a story without letting us know about these crucial (despite being entirely i [...]

    12. Το διάβασα στη Θάσο και ειμαι πολύ χαρούμενος γι'αυτο.Ωραια αστυνομική ιστορία αν και δεν εχει την κλασική δομή των περισσότερων αστυνομικών βιβλίων.Δηλαδη γίνεται έγκλημα,ο αστυνομικός ψάχνει και κάπως στο τέλος βρίσκει ή όχι.Εδώ από την αρχή ο Μισκε μας λέει τι γίνεται ξ [...]

    13. You don't read this book for the plot - you figure out pretty quickly what is going on and there aren't that many twists to subvert expectations. But it's got a great sense of atmosphere and some memorable characters (especially the shy, introverted, depressed Ahmed). And it asks important questions about youth and minority culture in France today.

    14. I found this quite a muddled book - it wants to be pulp fiction, it wants to explore religious fundamentalism in Paris, and it wants to be literature, all at once. In the end religions of all description get very much short-changed, which is ok as far as it goes, and often insightful, but still fairly one-sided. I was also thrown by the fact that so many of the backstories revolved around stints in mental institutions - there is an odd undercurrent of both blaming the victims and blaming their o [...]

    15. paris'te geçen bir noir polisiye.polisiye kurgusu, karakterlerin hızlı gelişimi filan çok iyi değil ama paris varoşlarını bir anlatıyor miske, neden habire fransa'da işid saldırısı oluyor, neden yahudilere saldırılıyor, bir bir aydınlanıyor gözünüzün önünde.yıllarca dışlanan göçmenler, mülteciler kendi içlerine kapanan cezayirlilier, faslılar, sudanlılar gittikçe radikalleşen müslümanlar, yahudiler kendini rap'le ifade eden gençlik, kaybolmuşluk bir de üs [...]

    16. A depressed, obsessional Paris immigrant investigated by a duo of PhD detectives, one floating off in the ozone. A nasty murder of the stewardess upstairs--too nasty for me. Followed by woman-hating obsessions of a Protestant sect, Brooklyn Hasidic Jews and Paris backstreet Muslims, not to mention a cop or two. Drug formulae, God-like little blue pills. Then the book levels off for a landing. Not quite a book to enjoy, but one to get lost and hopeless inside.

    17. Not sure what happened to my review but here it is again:My thoughts:Prophetic with hindsight of recent tragic events of the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris by religious extremists, and with increasing tension surrounding religious extremist groups, Arab Jazz by Karim Miské (originally written two years earlier) is set in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, where the inhabitants live in, not so much, a multicultural melting pot as a seething bubbling cauldron of religious hatred which is about to [...]

    18. Novel set in Paris (both Halal and Kosher…)A murder mystery set largely in the 19th arrondissement of Paris – an area to the north of the centre, and a little off the main tourist map. A place where Islamists live alongside orthodox Jews. The two exist peacefully side by side, pretty much ignoring each other (except when some youths form a cross-cultural hip-hop group, or when – a little later in life – they join together in drug dealing activity…).Laura, an Air France stewardess, is b [...]

    19. Karim Miské's debut novel is timely and has all the ingredients for a great crime novel. It's set in contemporary Paris, involves radicalised muslim youth and acts of terror, and it touches on drug dealing, mental illness and police corruption. Sadly, this is a disappointing read.The novel starts out well enough, with a depressed and isolated young man, Ahmed, discovering the murdered body of his upstairs neighbour, a young woman who had once been a Jehovah Witness. The crime scene is set up in [...]

    20. Here's another way for France to address its diversity, instead of arresting women for wearing the hijab. Dark and a bit melodramatic, Arab Jazz finds evil in a wide range from Jehovah's Witnesses to Hasidic Jews, from revolutionary rebbe's to bent cops to revolutionary Islamists. The author digs insightfully into the yin-yang of great idealism and ugly depredation in pretty much all of his characters. He does this with a clear eye, speaking directly of matters of sex and drugs, family, identity [...]

    21. After the violent murder of Laura Vignole, her neighbour Ahmed Taroudant finds himself at the centre of the murder investigation. Ahmed has isolated himself from the world around him, preferring to be absorbed into the crime novels he buys from a local bookseller. After he is interviewed by the 2 detectives on the case, Ahmed finds himself drawn to the female inspector and so begins a great crime noir novel featuring a host of characters drawn from the streets of Paris and New York. This cleverl [...]

    22. An atmospheric and occasionally amusing crime novel, set amidst the multi-cultural neighbourhoods of Paris' North East. The plot is straightforward, but the characters (particularly the bewildered Ahmed and the two main cops) are compelling. The religious complexities of the area and of the second- and third-generation migrants that make up much of the cast add some depth.

    23. Not your standard mystery story. The 'mystery' was fairly plain to see to the reader, but I liked that it was different in setting and characterization than anything else I have read.I'd read more of this author, for interest's sake and a change of pace.

    24. Una novela negra en París con todo el caldo de cultivo de verdadera ciudad cosmopolita (árabes, judíos, testigos de jehova, parisinos, bretones) en una trama que revela un Walter White franchute

    25. Πολύ ωραίο νουάρ μυθιστόρημα, το μόνο κακό ήταν οι σημειώσεις του μεταφραστή που είναι στο τέλος του βιβλίου και πρέπει συνεχώς να γυρνάμε σελίδες.

    26. The 19th Arrondissement houses multiple ethnicities: a lower-working class neighborhood off the right bank of the Seine, traditionally the area houses those not native to France. With our protagonist Ahmed Taroudant is both the one who discovers a grisly murder, but the primary suspect. Unfortunately for him, his personal relationship with the victim, Laura Vignole, his familiarity with her upstairs apartment, holding a key and the tone of a religious themed murder all raise questions. In this c [...]

    27. I went to some effort to track this debut novel down, based on rapturous newspaper reviews, and while the setting and multicultural cast are certainly timely, I'd hesitate to suggest that anyone else seek it out. It uses the crime genre as framework for a kind of pulpy portrait of religious intolerance and hypocrisy -- the title is a nod to James Elroy's Los Angeles crime novel White Jazz, with which is shares certain plot elements. The story starts with the protagonist, a young atheist Moroccan [...]

    28. Some of the reviews below do this book much better justice than I can. It was completely mesmerising from the first chapter when one meets Ahmed Taroudant, the neighbour of the murder victim. It reads like a murder mystery but its focus is really on the tragic impact of religion - Islam, Judaism, Christianity - on young people. It paints a rich picture of multicultural Paris in the 21st century. An unusual piece of story telling - poetic and powerful. A hope there's more work by Karim Miske to c [...]

    29. I found Arab Jazz intriguing at first - a murder mystery translated from French and set in primarily in Paris, with a diverse cast of characters: black, white, as well as Jewish and Muslim with varied levels of orthodoxy.The detectives were likable and reasonably-well developed, as was Ahmed, the psychotic neighbor who discovers the body at the beginning of the book. I liked how characters drifted into reverie in the middle of action, which let the reader get to know them better. However, when J [...]

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