Title: Some Dream for Fools
Author: Faïza Guène
Publication Year: 2010
Source: Purchased from BMV
From the cover:
Ahlème, a young woman living on the outskirts of Paris, is trying to make a life out of the dreams she brought with her from Algeria and the reality she faces every day. Her father lost his job after an accident at his construction site. Her mother was lost to a massacre in Algeria. And her brother, Foued, boils with adolescent energy and teeters dangerously close to choosing a life of crime.
As she wanders the streets of Paris looking for work, Ahlème negotiates the disparities between her dreams and her life, her youth and her responsibilities, the expectations of those back home and the limitations of life in France.
This book, it was beautiful.
The writing was beautiful, but more importantly, the emotions – sadness, frustration, loss, anger – were rendered beautifully and really came through on the page. I could really tell how Ahlème was feeling, and understood what she was going through while interacting with her brother and her father.
There’s not really that much “plot”, if you know what I mean, but Some Dream for Fools did fine without one. I mean, there were things going on, but there wasn’t the rigidly structured beginning-middle-end thing going on. Rather, the book’s narrative followed Ahlème through her life experiences and those around her, and gave the reader a glimpse into life as an immigrant in France, with all the restrictions and conflicts that come with it.
This book was an interesting look into a life I would otherwise know nothing about, and so I recommend it to anyone else looking for that type of knowledge or for a “slice of life”-type of narrative. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did.