Some Dream for Fools

Some Dream for Fools

Ahlme, a young woman living on the outskirts of Paris, is trying to make a life out of the dreams she brought with her from Algeria and the reality she faces every day. Her father lost his job after an accident at his construction site. Her mother was lost to a massacre in Algeria. And her brother, Foued, boils with adolescent energy and teeters dangerously close to choos Ahlme, a young woman living on the outskirts of Paris, is trying to make a life out of the dreams she brought with her...

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Title:Some Dream for Fools
Author:Faïza Guène
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Genres:Cultural
ISBN:Du rêve pour les oufs
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Edition Language:French
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages pages

Some Dream for Fools Reviews

  • William
    Aug 01, 2009

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

  • Madeleine
    Dec 20, 2010

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

  • Robin
    Jan 29, 2012

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

  • Jeana
    May 27, 2017

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

  • Katie M.
    Oct 13, 2010

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

  • William Graney
    Mar 04, 2014

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

    LOVED the book. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt at first, but it fit with the whole point of the book - life for immigrants who live in the Parisian banlieues is cyclical. Great read, and very funny as well. My only problem with the book was the translation - I could tell some thin...

    Multicultural Paris is not all croissants and chocolat in this tale of a young woman struggling against the weight of circumstance. The reader discovers a contemporary France filled with anxiety about itself. Strong point of view. ...

    this book is a short read; i got it out of the library at noon, went back to work, and finished it that evening when i got home. it doesn't really have a plot, it seems, although it's entertaining. and she's only 25! ...

    What is it like for a girl whose family is falling apart and who lives in two cultures? That is the part of the book I wanted to read. Unfortunately, many other side plots made it seem like the author did not address the theme as much as I thought -- a bit disappointing. ...

    Really, I'd give this 2.5 stars if possible. It had a few good moments, and I appreciate that it gave me some small sense of a world I don't know, but it just didn't have the depth I was looking for at all. Also, the translator's rendering of French slang into British slang was a very ...

    The author had a very humorous and engaging writing style but if there was a connective thread in this book I failed to grasp what it was. For me, it read like a series of random observations by a young Algerian woman living in Paris. ...

  • Amanda Byrne
    Sep 09, 2010

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

    LOVED the book. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt at first, but it fit with the whole point of the book - life for immigrants who live in the Parisian banlieues is cyclical. Great read, and very funny as well. My only problem with the book was the translation - I could tell some thin...

    Multicultural Paris is not all croissants and chocolat in this tale of a young woman struggling against the weight of circumstance. The reader discovers a contemporary France filled with anxiety about itself. Strong point of view. ...

    this book is a short read; i got it out of the library at noon, went back to work, and finished it that evening when i got home. it doesn't really have a plot, it seems, although it's entertaining. and she's only 25! ...

  • Wendy
    Jul 10, 2014

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

  • Ltambar
    Jul 31, 2009

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

  • Margherita Dolcevita
    Nov 14, 2010

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

  • Beth
    Sep 20, 2012

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

  • Ape
    Aug 18, 2012

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

  • Amanda
    Sep 25, 2011

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

  • Persephone Abbott
    Dec 12, 2014

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

  • Jo Haff
    Dec 26, 2013

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

  • Carmen
    Jan 02, 2016

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

    LOVED the book. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt at first, but it fit with the whole point of the book - life for immigrants who live in the Parisian banlieues is cyclical. Great read, and very funny as well. My only problem with the book was the translation - I could tell some thin...

    Multicultural Paris is not all croissants and chocolat in this tale of a young woman struggling against the weight of circumstance. The reader discovers a contemporary France filled with anxiety about itself. Strong point of view. ...

    this book is a short read; i got it out of the library at noon, went back to work, and finished it that evening when i got home. it doesn't really have a plot, it seems, although it's entertaining. and she's only 25! ...

    What is it like for a girl whose family is falling apart and who lives in two cultures? That is the part of the book I wanted to read. Unfortunately, many other side plots made it seem like the author did not address the theme as much as I thought -- a bit disappointing. ...

    Really, I'd give this 2.5 stars if possible. It had a few good moments, and I appreciate that it gave me some small sense of a world I don't know, but it just didn't have the depth I was looking for at all. Also, the translator's rendering of French slang into British slang was a very ...

  • Gretel
    Oct 01, 2014

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

  • Gregory
    Jul 28, 2012

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

    LOVED the book. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt at first, but it fit with the whole point of the book - life for immigrants who live in the Parisian banlieues is cyclical. Great read, and very funny as well. My only problem with the book was the translation - I could tell some thin...

    Multicultural Paris is not all croissants and chocolat in this tale of a young woman struggling against the weight of circumstance. The reader discovers a contemporary France filled with anxiety about itself. Strong point of view. ...

  • Amanda
    Apr 15, 2015

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

  • Emily
    Jul 01, 2017

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

  • Rachna
    Jan 03, 2013

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

    LOVED the book. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt at first, but it fit with the whole point of the book - life for immigrants who live in the Parisian banlieues is cyclical. Great read, and very funny as well. My only problem with the book was the translation - I could tell some thin...

  • Adriana Davesa melero
    Apr 20, 2015

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

  • Miss Byler
    Jan 30, 2015

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

    LOVED the book. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt at first, but it fit with the whole point of the book - life for immigrants who live in the Parisian banlieues is cyclical. Great read, and very funny as well. My only problem with the book was the translation - I could tell some thin...

    Multicultural Paris is not all croissants and chocolat in this tale of a young woman struggling against the weight of circumstance. The reader discovers a contemporary France filled with anxiety about itself. Strong point of view. ...

    this book is a short read; i got it out of the library at noon, went back to work, and finished it that evening when i got home. it doesn't really have a plot, it seems, although it's entertaining. and she's only 25! ...

    What is it like for a girl whose family is falling apart and who lives in two cultures? That is the part of the book I wanted to read. Unfortunately, many other side plots made it seem like the author did not address the theme as much as I thought -- a bit disappointing. ...

  • John McCullagh
    Nov 09, 2015

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

  • Meissa
    Mar 20, 2017

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

  • Susanne
    Oct 26, 2015

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

    Not a lot happens in this book about an immigrant family living in France from Algeria, but it's well-written and has a subtle beauty that I liked. ...

    Loved this book, amazing, relatable, funny everything i looked for in a book. Guene should really start writing more books, she's really good. ...

    Du rve pour les oufs nous raconte l?histoire d?Ahlme, une fille de 24 ans qui procde de l?Algrie, mais qui habite Paris depuis la mort de sa mre. Elle a une vie trs, trs complique. J?ai aim cette histoire par diffrentes raisons. Premirement par l?h?...

    L'autrice mia coetanea. E sono stata ben contenta di leggere un romanzo scritto da una giovane che sembri scritto da una giovane che conscia dell'et che ha, e non da una giovane che si crede donna vissuta in grado di narrare qualsiasi cosa. Eh s, perch a quanto pare la ten...

    This loosely structured novel uses lots of slang, non sequiturs, and some outrageous imagery -- all from the tongue of twenty-something narrator Ahleme -- to illuminate the adaptation of struggling Algerians to their new lives in France. Woven between Ahleme's criticisms of the boys sh...

    This wasn't a long read, and I was looking for something short to read yesterday, so I just got stuck into this book. I think I preferred it over Just Like Tomorrow, as the main character, Ahleme, is in her twenties, rather than the teenager who was the main character in Just Like Tomo...

    This was my book group read for the month. I gave this 3 stars because I didn't dislike it, although I hated the constant need to refer to the 'glossary' of slang terms. I realise that these add to the realism of the storyline but it is extremely frustrating to have to do this. Also th...

    Je continue sur ma lance. J'ai dcouvert Faza Gune juste avant la Comdie du Livre, pour profiter de sa prsence et sa jeunesse dans le milieu littraire. J'ai donc achet Kiffe kiffe demain que j'ai ador, et j'ai achet le deuxime que j'avais dj fait signer. Et c'...

    I'm not sure if this was actually a better novel or just a better translation, but I liked it so much more than Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. If you don't read both at least read this one; in vague terms it's the Parisian narrative that you never hear about; in specific terms it's the snarky, ...

    I bought this book when it was published in English in 2008 but have just got around to reading it. I wanted to understand more of the lives of the young beurs living in the Paris banlieues at the time of the Paris riots of 2005. And the book did that. I would have given it three s...

    First...I keep reading Faiza Guene's books on airplanes and she is far, far too good an author for that. Both her books are beautifully written, funny, ironic, enlightening stories of immigrant lives in Paris. Airplanes are supposed to be for reading fluffy formulaic crap about vampire...

    I was hopeful to finish this book last night in order to finish out 2012 with 35 books. However, I was unsuccessful in my attempt. If I could give this book 1 1/2 stars I would. It didn't do anything for me. This book was just something to read through quickly and that's all it was. It...

    Chosen to read while in France because the setting is France. Story is told by Ahleme an Algerian refuge who is unmarried, and trying to hold her family of a invalid father and a teen age brother together. One gets depression as one read of the nihilistic life that will go nowhere. Odd...

    2.5 stars. I didn't mind this story... And I feel like the lack of interest and strong writing has to do with the fact that I read the translated version (and I find that can be a problem for some translated books) in terms of very cut storylines and lack of full understanding... ...

    Some Dream for Fools follows similar themes of Guene's first novel, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, displacement, poverty, and coming of age. Some Dream of Fools fails to keep the reader's attention because one wonders if they are reading Kiffe Kiffe again. It follows the same predictable patter...

    I really enjoyed this book. There were bits I giggled at, there were parts that made me sad. Ahlme goes through life in France as a green card Algerian as best she can for her fractured family. I found it absurd in parts, but totally understood where she was coming from on all of it....

    I felt this book had great potential but I wish the writing had been a bit stronger. Mostly I did enjoy the narrative of the main character, but I would have really enjoyed this novel more if the author would have dived a little deeper and shown more complex thoughts in depth. My enthu...

    LOVED the book. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt at first, but it fit with the whole point of the book - life for immigrants who live in the Parisian banlieues is cyclical. Great read, and very funny as well. My only problem with the book was the translation - I could tell some thin...

    Multicultural Paris is not all croissants and chocolat in this tale of a young woman struggling against the weight of circumstance. The reader discovers a contemporary France filled with anxiety about itself. Strong point of view. ...

    this book is a short read; i got it out of the library at noon, went back to work, and finished it that evening when i got home. it doesn't really have a plot, it seems, although it's entertaining. and she's only 25! ...

    What is it like for a girl whose family is falling apart and who lives in two cultures? That is the part of the book I wanted to read. Unfortunately, many other side plots made it seem like the author did not address the theme as much as I thought -- a bit disappointing. ...

    Really, I'd give this 2.5 stars if possible. It had a few good moments, and I appreciate that it gave me some small sense of a world I don't know, but it just didn't have the depth I was looking for at all. Also, the translator's rendering of French slang into British slang was a very ...

    The author had a very humorous and engaging writing style but if there was a connective thread in this book I failed to grasp what it was. For me, it read like a series of random observations by a young Algerian woman living in Paris. ...

    I loved the language with all its slang. The narrator, Ahleme, is totally engaging and through her eyes the plight of aliens in France,ie. their constant worry of possible deportation, becomes yours. ...

  • Yukiguni
    Sep 16, 2018

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

  • Kirsty
    Aug 01, 2016

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

  • Julie-Clare
    Nov 23, 2017

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...

    Der zweite Roman der algerischen und in Frankreich lebenden Schriftstellerin Faiza Gune ist - wie ihr Debut - eine Einwanderergeschichte, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt, und die aus der subjektiven Sicht der "Heldin" geschrieben ist. Eine junge Frau, noch ein Mdchen von 17 Jahre...

    Well worth reading. I've seen the narrator described as an Algerian Bridget Jones. Well, maybe if Bridget's father was clinically depressed and disabled, the mother was murdered at a family wedding along with 200 other people, and Bridget had a series of extremely dead-end clerical and...

    3.5. Quirky. One to watch. ...

  • Aqsa Khan
    Dec 06, 2017

    I'm quite surprised with the low average rating for this book. I really liked it and found Ahlme to be a convincing narrator. Faza Gune is a young Parisian author of Algerian descent, and in my opinion this book really shows off her talent and how her writing has evolved from her...

    Guene has been on my radar for quite some time, so I decided to borrow this from the library when I spotted it nestled between two rather enormous books on the fiction shelves. The cultural details here were fascinating, but it felt rather too colloquial in its style; yes, I get that t...

    Definitely worth reading! Even though the book has no concrete plot, Guene provides an amazing insight into the lives of immigrants, raising a variety of emotions along the way. In a few pages, the book explores multiculturalism without giving in to popular or romanticised beliefs. Com...