24 February 2010

“Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela” :Suggested Reading

READ IT HERE: Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela”
BY:Saladin Ahmed
IN: Fantasy Book Critic
GENRE: Fantasy

This is a tale of romance and demons in the lands around Baghdad. A young man, a physician from a Caliph's court in Baghdad, is sent out to live in a small village. As soon as he arrives, he begins hearing rumors concerning an old hermit by the name of Abdel Jameela. Then, one day, he is given a message that Abdel Jameela has a sick wife and they need his help.

To pick out one thing that makes this story special, it would be the way the speech of the demon wife is conveyed, always enhanced with images and scents, and the scents are sometimes quite specific, as when they are not merely roses, but yellow roses. This detail makes of the whole story a rich and exotic tapestry.

Morva Shepley

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