3 out of 4 stars
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My Trip to Adele by R.I. Alyaseer and A.I. Alyaseer
Music has the ability to change lives. It creates memories, captures emotions and makes promises for the future. In My Trip to Adele by R.I. Alyaseer and A.I. Alyaseer, the reader follows the widely divergent paths of Adele fans from different countries as they move closer to Adele’s concert in Verona.
Elias’ search for Malika, the 13-year-old prostitute who captured his heart 8 years before, takes him from Rome to Marrakesh, Morocco, just missing her at every corner. Adele songs are sung in the marketplace making his quest bittersweet with memories. Malika has already left Marrakesh, Morocco and reinvented herself, becoming The English Malika after her encounter with Elias. She remembers his promise that they will meet again at an Adele concert.
Mariam and Yaser are living in Las Vegas, USA. They are married surgeons searching for a memory to relive at the request of their marriage counselor. Yaser proposed to Mariam with the lyrics of an Adele song in the background. Where has that love gone? Perhaps they can rekindle the romance in Verona.
Nadia and her 10-year-old son Waleed live in Amman, Jordan. Nadia defied convention and divorced her abusive husband years ago but is still fighting for freedom from cultural restraints. Waleed adores Adele and his mother finds strength in her words. She takes a leave of absence from her job and purchases tickets for the concert in Verona.
My Trip to Adele was originally written in Arabic, then translated into English. Because of this, some of the language seemed a bit simplistic which is only natural with the large cultural and idiomatic rifts between the two languages.
If you are an Adele fan, this book is for you. Not being an Adele fan myself, I’m sure there were things alluded to that I missed out on entirely. For example, repeated reference was made to Adele’s 25 album, even going so far as to summarize the stories of the characters in chapter 25. Additionally, the excerpts of Adele’s song lyrics included during dramatic moments in the story didn’t evoke an emotional response for me, not being a fan and all.
However, I did enjoy learning about Arabic culture and reading the descriptions of Jordan and Morocco. If you are open to learning about Arabic cultures, this book is for you. For this reason, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
My Trip to Adele
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