En Instagram fui compartiendo fotos. La sinopsis me hizo pensar mucho en este libro. Hay una escena en la que Mimoun acaba metido en una chumbera. No me he acercado tanto como para sentir esos pinchos, pero por algunos caminos de Aruit Nador las hay y causan bastante respeto.
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Shelves: novels , school , translations , literary-fiction This book is brilliant, but not as compelling as I thought it might be when it started. As for the plot, the blurb This book is brilliant, but not as compelling as I thought it might be when it started. Either way, the city where the family lives sounds smaller and more rural than Barcelona.
The story follows Mimoun, possibly the most contemptuous man alive, and the "patriarch" of the title. But rather than trying to tell the story of just one person, this novel tries to tell a story common to many people, and so the narrator goes nameless so as to represent all of them. Representing the patriarchy, Mimoun is a terrible human being in pretty much every way. He has sex with every woman he can get his hands on, then denounces them all as "whores".
The narrator, however, is rebellious. In part, this is because her parents become so oppressive that trying to live a normal life becomes an act of rebellion. But it is satisfying to see a young woman determined to live her life the way she wants, and not be dominated by anyone. The ending of the book is pretty fucking weird though, even though every Goodreads reviewer who commented on it loves it?! That just crossed a line of squick for me. No one "saves" her, much less any Westerner.
All in all, this was a great book, and particularly well-structured for anyone who only has a little time to read at a time.
The Last Patriarch
El último patriarca
Najat El Hachmi