North of Dawn

North of Dawn

A couple's tranquil life abroad is irrevocably transformed by the arrival of their son's widow and children, in the latest from Somalia's most celebrated novelist. For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihad A couple's tranquil life abroad is irrevocably transformed by the arrival of their son's widow and children, in the l...

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Title:North of Dawn
Author:Nuruddin Farah
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B07BD2QHMT
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:383 pages pages

North of Dawn Reviews

  • matt
    Jan 12, 2019
    I was not a big fan of the writing style. It is clear and direct, but it gives little to no insight into the thoughts and motivations of the characters ? which is what I find valuable in a work of fiction. The story is interesting, but unfocused. ...
  • Chad Walker
    Jan 16, 2019
    I really wanted to like this one, I did. I kept looking for a reason for the artificiality of the dialogue, the lack of characterization, the ploddingness of the execution. Couldn't find one. The premise is great. ...
  • Sue
    Jan 07, 2019
    Somali family settled in Norway, but whose son is lost to Islamic fanaticism. Interesting story. I was surprised at how amateurish the writing was (seemed to me, anyway), given that the author has written numerous other novels & won numerous awards. ...
  • Dorothy
    Jan 09, 2019
    Nuruddin Farah is a celebrated Somali novelist who is often mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He frequently writes about the effects and costs of terrorism in today's world and when he does, he speaks from personal experience. His sister, who was a nutritioni...
  • Ross
    Dec 29, 2018
    A detailed fascinating read I really enjoyed this book. A detailed looked at Somali immigrants in Oslo Norway is gripping and completely worth your time. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 24, 2019
    I should have read the Wash Post review more carefully before reading this book. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entert... "?North of Dawn? suffers from a ramshackle quality one might expect from an exciting but not quite finished draft. There are strange gaps in the plot, an...
  • Ron Charles
    Dec 19, 2018
    When Nuruddin Farah writes fiction about the ravages of terrorism, the details may be imaginary but the scars are real. The celebrated Somali novelist, a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in literature, lost his sister Basra Farah Hassan in 2014. A nutritionist working for UNICEF,...
  • Peter
    Dec 25, 2018
    Why is the dialogue in Farah's novels so stiltedly formal? Is it based on Somali (and also, in this case, Norwegian) speech patterns? Is it a kind of alienation effect, reminding us that these are authorial creations, a set of points of view put into conversation with each other? But t...
  • Virginia Walter
    Jan 14, 2019
    Members of an extended Somali immigrant family living in Norway struggle to adapt -- or not -- to life in a country where the weather, culture, and dominant religion are all very different from what they have known. The characters are finely drawn, and I was able to empathize with all ...
  • Carole
    Jan 26, 2019
    North of Dawn was a fascinating read about a Somali husband and wife living in Norway whose son killed himself and many others in a suicide terrorist bombing in Somalia. Although they have conflicting emotions over their son's death, they bring their son's widow and her two children to...
  • Booknblues
    Nov 20, 2018
    What happens to the citizens of a country when the country collapses and is considered a failed state? There are only so many answers, but they all center around survival and belief. Nuruddin Farah, an established Somali writer who resides in South Africa answers this in his latest boo...
  • Nat
    Dec 23, 2018
    1.5 stars A mildly interesting novel about Somalian asylum seekers' settlement into Norwegian society. It was bogged down with so much mundane detail and Mugdi seemed to have such an immense loathing for his daughter-in-law and her children up until Naciim and Saafi conformed to his...
  • Kristina
    Jan 31, 2019
    Really interesting book, dealing with Somali immigrants in Norway. A couple bring their daughter in law and her two children to stay in Oslo after their son kills himself in a terrorist act. The daughter in law digs deeper into her religion, while her two children have differing experi...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 05, 2019
    I officially started reading this book this week. I couldn?t put it down, I was so enthralled. ...
  • Paltia
    Feb 02, 2019
    This novel is overly ambitious. If Mr. Farah had limited himself to the core ideas it would have been less jumbled up at the end. The story begins with parents living in Norway learning their son, who has moved to Somalia, has killed himself in a suicide bombing. The mother has promise...
  • Jeffrey
    Feb 17, 2019
    I liked this book. I am interested in gaining some insight into the experience of an immigrant or refugee grappling with a new and foreign culture. In particular, I have wondered about the Muslim experience as there has been a diaspora throughout Europe caused by the chaos in the Levan...
  • John Benson
    Jan 27, 2019
    This novel is about a Somali family in Oslo is quite interesting. I have read a few other books by Somali write Nuruddin Farah and have enjoyed his book on Somalia and the Somalia diaspora. Mugdi, the main character, and his wife, Gacalo are Somali but long-term Norwegian residents. Th...
  • Denise
    Dec 26, 2018
    To begin with, I have a problem with using "right-wing" as a synonym for "bigot". It's especially jarring in a book meant to show that "Muslim" and "terrorist" are not the same. Farah is correct to state that most of the problems arise from small groups of extremists opposing each othe...
  • Sanura
    Oct 23, 2018
    This is the story of an older Somali-Norwegian couple who take in their deceased son's wife and stepchildren, and this story follows these characters as they acclimate to Norway and their new family. This book was tough to rate because on one hand, I enjoyed the story but on the other ...
  • Cherise Wolas
    Jan 26, 2019
    This is the first novel I've read by Nuruddin Farah, a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. A writer from Somalia who now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, his own sister was killed in 2014 when she was murdered along with at least 20 others when the Taliban bombed a r...
  • Christine
    Dec 24, 2018
    As another reviewer put it, this book was a "mildly interesting novel". That pretty much sums it up for me. I don't regret reading the book (spending the time) but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to others. It felt, at times, like I was reading snippets from this or that character's life...
  • Elise Martin
    Feb 07, 2019
    Really interesting book about two countries/cultures different than my own - Norway and Somalia. Issues of immigration, issues of religious and racial identities and tolerance, issues of families - biological and not, issues of life and death, and issues between and of generations. All...
  • Colleen Rb
    Jan 12, 2019
    I think this book did a nice job of highlighting the difficulties of assimilating and being part of a new culture under the best of circumstances, much less under circumstances like refugee status. It also highlights how lies believed in become truth in the believer?s reality. Kind o...
  • L
    Feb 19, 2019
    Man...i honestly dont know what to rate or think of this book. I am just...i dont know! I mean i liked the plot and i liked the political messages but some of the characters were weird and i couldnt quite get to know or understand some of them. Naciim in the beginning acted ignorant an...
  • Bob  Brinkmeyer
    Jan 05, 2019
    Really more like 3.5 stars (hey, I'm a professor and I like plus and minus grades, though the university where I now teach only allows plus grades, no minuses). Anyway, this is a timely and in many ways a deeply insightful novel about the experiences of Somalian refugees living in Norw...
  • Leanne Ellis
    Jan 24, 2019
    Very disappointing. The book started off strong, but the lack of consistent viewpoints, pointless details ( a whole page on making an omelet?), and dialogue that was repetitive and unrealistic and pedantic (everyone from the kids to adults debating jihadis v. the right-wing) weakened a...
  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    Feb 09, 2019
    Novelist Nuruddin Farah writes with an obvious understanding about a handful of Somalis living in Norway. He brings to life the troubled relationship between refugees from that bloody land and the Norwegians who embrace tolerance while fearing the newcomers. It's got Islamic radicals, ...
  • Diana Mack
    Jan 10, 2019
    gacalo and mugdi live in oslo. their son, dhaqaneh, is driven to jihadism and becomes a suicide bomber in Somalia. his parents offer a haven to his widow waliya, and her children naciim and safii. their are a lot of characters in this book and it took me a bit to get the hang of them....
  • Sarah Wilson
    Feb 04, 2019
    The premise of the story was quite interesting and very topical. A Somalian husband and wife (Mugdi and Gacalo) who have lived in Norway and become citizens are asked to help the widow (a devout Muslim) of their suicide bomber son and her two children. We follow their lives over a coup...
  • Laetitia-Laure Brock
    Jan 25, 2019
    I hate when a book starts out a certain way and fizzles before the end. North of Dawn is the story of Mugdi and Gacalo, Somali refugees that gain Norwegian citizenship and raise their children Timiro and Dhaqaneh in Oslo. Both of them are successful, well respected and adapted professi...