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Mini review: 'The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris'

June 27, 2010 |  2:20 pm

Our mini review of the novel "The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris" by Leila Marouane, translated from the French by Alison Anderson, published by Europa Editions.

Basile Tocquard needs to get away from his mother. At 40, he is too old for Sunday couscous and too young to marry a “nice Algerian girl.” This is the other Paris, city of expectations, late-night coffee in Saint Germain, “bluish plumes caressing the rooftops,” holy water mailed from Mecca, the right girl, the wrong caste.

See more reviews by Susan Salter Reynolds in Sunday's L.A. Times.

-- Susan Salter Reynolds

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