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Book Review: Flying Carpets by Hedy Habra
Author Hedy Habra has penned another great read, the book “Flying Carpets” a collection of 21 short stories that take you through Lebanon and Egypt and mysticism, supernatural and Arab culture.
The stories offer a deep insight into Middle Eastern Arabian culture and they entertain in a refreshing style of easy to read writing, something lost on many Middle East writers, especially today. “Flying Carpets” offers a reprieve from the turmoil of the Middle East today and provide a relaxing and sometimes exciting tapestry of friendships, love and rivalries, internal tortures and fears, and travel from Khan Khalili to Achrafieh.
A courageous story about a Christian Girl and Muslim boy fall in love in Lebanon. People wondering about what could have been in life, something everyone does in daydream or reality. And so much more.
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If you want to escape the pain of the Middle East conflict, and yet still remain in the Arab soul, Hedy’s imagination and stories offer a great respite. It was a very fast read, something I could have continued to pursue with 100 more stories.
Hedy strives for and achieves the Arab tradition of storytelling, which is far more fascinating that just the stories she tells in the 212 pages of “Flying Carpets.” Ms. Habra (Sabbagh) is of Lebanese origins born in Egypt which explains the settings selected for many of the opening stories. She received a BS in Pharmacy while in Egypt and has her degrees in literature from Western Michigan University, where she is currently a teacher.
I enjoyed it a lot. I think you will too, especially if you live and breath “Arab.”
By Author Hedy Habra
212 Pages, $15, softcover
- Hedy Habra’s TEA in HELIOPOLIS & FLYING CARPETS
- Rowayat: A New Literary Magazine for Egypt (in English)
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