Call Me Zebra

Call Me Zebra

A feisty heroine?s quest to reclaim her past through the power of literature?even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love.   Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn?t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made A feisty heroine?s quest to reclaim her past through the power of literature?even as she navigates the mur...

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Title:Call Me Zebra
Author:Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0544944607
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Call Me Zebra Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Feb 06, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

    I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspe...

    I'm afraid I simply did not get this book at all. I was intrigued by the idea of a woman connecting to her dead parents and her heritage through literature, but I was just left confused the entire time. The references went way over my head, and the MC was just way too eccentric for my ...

    Sometimes you read a novel and you're left with more questions than answers or satisfaction. I think that's what the author intended here. I still don't understand why Zebra chose that name for herself. What was wrong with her given name? Did she really have no other family? Why had th...

    On the list of 46 books by women of color to read in 2018. ...

  • Audacia Ray
    Feb 21, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

  • Laura
    Mar 30, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

  • Masanaka Takashima
    Jul 17, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Mar 06, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

  • Ella
    Apr 24, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

  • Tommi
    Mar 05, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

    I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspe...

  • Judy
    Mar 15, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

  • Brita
    Apr 07, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Feb 01, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

    I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspe...

    I'm afraid I simply did not get this book at all. I was intrigued by the idea of a woman connecting to her dead parents and her heritage through literature, but I was just left confused the entire time. The references went way over my head, and the MC was just way too eccentric for my ...

    Sometimes you read a novel and you're left with more questions than answers or satisfaction. I think that's what the author intended here. I still don't understand why Zebra chose that name for herself. What was wrong with her given name? Did she really have no other family? Why had th...

    On the list of 46 books by women of color to read in 2018. ...

    I was extremely excited when I began this book due to the strong fast pace of the language, but there was no let-up, no growth in the character. The writing, like the character, became tedious. There are flashes of brilliance such as "I picked up languages the way some people pick up v...

    I've seen this book cover many times - and it was because of the book's cover that I didn't really dig into what this book is about. Today, I finally read a description of it and have since added it to my TBR mountain! (there is this cover Call Me Zebra that appeals to me much more, bu...

  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Jan 15, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

  • Stacia
    Apr 02, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Mar 07, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

  • Alice  Heiserman
    Mar 20, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

    I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspe...

    I'm afraid I simply did not get this book at all. I was intrigued by the idea of a woman connecting to her dead parents and her heritage through literature, but I was just left confused the entire time. The references went way over my head, and the MC was just way too eccentric for my ...

    Sometimes you read a novel and you're left with more questions than answers or satisfaction. I think that's what the author intended here. I still don't understand why Zebra chose that name for herself. What was wrong with her given name? Did she really have no other family? Why had th...

    On the list of 46 books by women of color to read in 2018. ...

    I was extremely excited when I began this book due to the strong fast pace of the language, but there was no let-up, no growth in the character. The writing, like the character, became tedious. There are flashes of brilliance such as "I picked up languages the way some people pick up v...

  • Helen Marquis
    Jan 18, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

    I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspe...

    I'm afraid I simply did not get this book at all. I was intrigued by the idea of a woman connecting to her dead parents and her heritage through literature, but I was just left confused the entire time. The references went way over my head, and the MC was just way too eccentric for my ...

    Sometimes you read a novel and you're left with more questions than answers or satisfaction. I think that's what the author intended here. I still don't understand why Zebra chose that name for herself. What was wrong with her given name? Did she really have no other family? Why had th...

    On the list of 46 books by women of color to read in 2018. ...

    I was extremely excited when I began this book due to the strong fast pace of the language, but there was no let-up, no growth in the character. The writing, like the character, became tedious. There are flashes of brilliance such as "I picked up languages the way some people pick up v...

    I've seen this book cover many times - and it was because of the book's cover that I didn't really dig into what this book is about. Today, I finally read a description of it and have since added it to my TBR mountain! (there is this cover Call Me Zebra that appeals to me much more, bu...

    At the heart of "Call Me Zebra" is a heart-breaking story of a young Iranian girl, who flees her war-torn country with her parents, losing her mother en route. She settles in New York with her father, but when he also passes, she decides to head on a reverse pilgrimage, retracing the p...

  • Erin
    Mar 24, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

    I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspe...

    I'm afraid I simply did not get this book at all. I was intrigued by the idea of a woman connecting to her dead parents and her heritage through literature, but I was just left confused the entire time. The references went way over my head, and the MC was just way too eccentric for my ...

  • Cynthia
    Feb 23, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...

    I enjoyed from the beginning through New World (i.e. New York) part to the flight scene, but the rest of the 2 3rd where the protagonist stays between Barcelona and Girona was so boring. The protagonist claims that she's an AAA (atheist, autodidact, anarchist) but I don't believe she's...

    I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspe...

    I'm afraid I simply did not get this book at all. I was intrigued by the idea of a woman connecting to her dead parents and her heritage through literature, but I was just left confused the entire time. The references went way over my head, and the MC was just way too eccentric for my ...

    Sometimes you read a novel and you're left with more questions than answers or satisfaction. I think that's what the author intended here. I still don't understand why Zebra chose that name for herself. What was wrong with her given name? Did she really have no other family? Why had th...

  • Chaitra
    Jun 03, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

  • Lucy
    May 28, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

  • Rochel
    Feb 28, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

  • Ola
    Apr 04, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

  • thebookiv
    Apr 01, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

  • Lynne
    Apr 26, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

  • Stephine
    May 11, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

  • Susie Wang
    Mar 05, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

  • Gary Moreau
    Feb 27, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

  • jenni
    Apr 02, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

  • Emily
    Mar 04, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

  • Will
    Mar 06, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

  • Vel Veeter
    Jun 29, 2018

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can?t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, ?Call Me Zebra? by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To...

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicate universal topics in simple, yet beautiful, ways. Van der Vilet Oloomi seemed more co...

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family?s ?treasured roles? of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentiou...

    What did I just read? Why did I read it? What in me convinced me that I should persist and keep turning virtual pages and read on? I have no answers to any of those questions. I think I wasted my time reading this book and trying to figure it out.  It's a book about immigrant girl ...

    Why it got 2 ?: ? For moments like this. "What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..." ? For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expound on powerhouse literary greats. The first third of the book was less awk...

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares...

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is overriding the intelligence of this one. ...

    This is an interesting look at an Iranian refugee who is interested in literature, comes to NYC, falls in love, and explores her history. There?s a lot going on in this book which keeps you thinking. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo... ...

    Well, that was exhausting. There was something there, other people seem to have enjoyed it, I kept reading it far beyond the what I would have thought was the limit of my tolerance, but I didn?t get anything out of it. Zebra is Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, who comes from a long line...

    you either get this or you don't. it's better if you do. zebra is unconsciously unironic. she is both an unquestionable victim of exile and tragedy and an illicit manufacturer of drama. she is miserably elitist, but masterfully hyperbolic and communicative of a bestial, guarded, unstab...

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author?s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family ...

    The only character I liked in this book was the bird. ...

    What a tedious book. I can?t believe I finished this, but I did, hoping I would eventually enjoy it. Nope, it was a rough read and honestly, there was no ending. ...

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The author was interviewed on the associated Other People podcast, so I knew her backgrou...

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...

    A wonderful, mystical read with a humorous, witty narrator who makes you question an understanding of self, love, and all the borders we draw in our personal, public, emotional, mental, and physical lives through a love of literature. ...

    I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ?most anticipated? statu...

    First of all, I need to tell everyone who plans to read this that the audiobook is painful, so go with the printed version if you believe anything I have to say. Zebra (formerly Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini, AKA "Dame of the Void",) the main character, is quite a challenge, though she kno...

    Incomprehensible dribbles on a page. Don?t waste your life! ...

    Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird pa...

    I wanted this book to be good. I would say better, but I was so annoyed as I was reading it, I couldn?t even muster up enough. It?s perfectly well written throughout most of the novel, but I started getting my early sense of the cracks. But I started to get really annoyed. The b...