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The watermelon boys

Ruqaya Izzidien

The watermelon boys

by Ruqaya Izzidien

  • 238 Want to read
  • 10 Currently reading

Published .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Campaigns,
  • World War, 1914-1918,
  • Fiction,
  • English fiction

  • Edition Notes

    StatementRuqaya Izzidien
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR6109.Z95 W38 2018
    The Physical Object
    Pagination352 pages
    Number of Pages352
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL26975118M
    ISBN 109774168801
    ISBN 109789774168802
    OCLC/WorldCa1054257194

      Cardyn Brooks reviews The Watermelon Boys by Ruqaya Izzidien. There is a nuanced complexity in the characters, family dynamics, historical context, and sense of time and geographical location that infuses this author’s writing with a fullness of narrative expectation on which she delivers. It is the winter of and Iraq has been engulfed by the First World War. Hungry for independence from Ottoman rule, Ahmad leaves his peaceful family life on the banks of the Tigris to join the British-led revolt. Thousands of miles away, Welsh.

    Book Launch - The Watermelon Boys. 4th October , to , A56, Elvet Riverside I. Ruqaya Izzidien (a former MLAC student) will present her novel, The Watermelon Boys, on 4th October at pm, in A The event is organised by Adam Talib with . The Watermelon Boys (eBook): Izzidien, Ruqaya: It is the winter of and Iraq has been engulfed by the First World War. Hungry for independence from Ottoman rule, Ahmad leaves his peaceful family life on the banks of the Tigris to join the British-led revolt. Thousands of miles away, Welsh teenager Carwyn reluctantly enlists and is sent, via Gallipoli and Egypt, to the .

      In this first book from Pizzoli, the goal isn’t to assuage readers’ fears, but he does defuse them with help from an adorable bug-eyed crocodile who’s hooked on watermelon (“Ever since I was a teeny, tiny baby crocodile, it’s been my favorite. CHOMP! SLURP! CHOMP!”).Brand: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. And I promised a printable watermelon book. So, here it is - click on the title page to take you to Google docs for your free download. I made 2 versions of the watermelon page, for those who teach kindergarten, and those who read with children not in kindergarten.


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The watermelon boys by Ruqaya Izzidien Download PDF EPUB FB2

The Watermelon Boys is a beautiful, poignant, and powerful book. I loved the eloquent writing, depth of description and gripping storyline but mostly that this book is informed by historical accuracy, and the characters give a voice to people who were colonised and dehumanised - this alternative perspective is a much needed addition to the literary world!/5(15).

Set between Iraq and Wales, The Watermelon Boys is a novel that explores man's quest for purpose and self-determination when the drivers of war are dead set against you. Its central male protagonists share a journey of overwhelming guilt and loss, while tender stories of love sit only on the outskirts of the story/5(18).

The Watermelon Boys book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers/5. "In her debut novel, The Watermelon Boys, Ruqaya Izzidien forces the reader to confront the impact of European intervention in the Middle East, and masterfully so." — The National "Not only does The Watermelon Boys open with a with a pithy (and rather memorable) epigram—'The present is The watermelon boys book arrogant time in which to live'—but it is also Tolstoyan in the Brand: American University in Cairo Press, The.

It is the winter of and Iraq has been engulfed by the First World War. Hungry for independence from Ottoman rule, Ahmad leaves his peaceful family life on the banks of the Tigris to join the British-led revolt.

Thousands of miles away, Welsh teenager Carwyn reluctantly enlists and is sent, via Gallipoli and Egypt, to the Mesopotamia campaign. Carwyn’s and Ahmad’s. The Watermelon Boys. Written by Ruqaya Izzidien Review by Eileen Charbonneau. This extraordinary debut novel travels from to as World War I rages not only in Europe but also in the Middle East.

On the banks of the Tigris outside Baghdad, Ahmad is a devout family man who is also a warrior. Then there is the cinema aficionado who plays Tarzan in real life along the Mahmudiya Canal; the young boy who leads a group of assorted crazies every afternoon to see ‘God’ at sunset; the singing nurse whose only dream is to perform on the radio; and Arabi, the young man who is in love with all things European, but especially with his employer, Katina the widowed Greek.

The Watermelon Boys is a beautiful, poignant, and powerful book. I loved the eloquent writing, depth of description and gripping storyline but mostly that this book is informed by historical accuracy, and the characters give a voice to people who were colonised and dehumanised - this alternative perspective is a much needed addition to the literary world!/5(11).

Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale is about a boy who accidentally eats a watermelon seed and later the seeds start to grow in his belly. A film by Kefei Li & Connie Qin He Produced at Ringling College. Ruqaya Izzidien, author of the forthcoming novel The Watermelon Boys, chatted over email with ArabLit about the challenges and possibilities of writing historical fiction set in Iraq, growing up in rural Wales (which gave her lots of time to read), and research about Basra, the early 20th c.

“Venice of Iraq”. One of the many overlooked & forgotten stories of WWI: THE WATERMELON BOYS is set at a time when many Iraqis were eager for independence from Ottoman rule, just before the dawn of British colonialism.

It's told through compelling, memorable characters both among the Iraqi fighters & among the British forces (particularly a welshman named Carwyn). The Watermelon Boys is Ruqaya Izzidien's debut novel, set in WW1 Baghdad. Released by Hoopoe Fiction and Followers: The watermelon boys Izzidien, Ruqaya, author.

Book, pages ; Place Hold. 4 holds / 2 copies Summary/Review: "It is the winter of and Iraq has been engulfed by the First World War.

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Hungry for independence from Ottoman rule, A 3/5. In The Taste of Watermelon by Borden Deal we have the theme of guilt, connection, acceptance, honesty and bravery. The story itself is a memory piece and is narrated through the eyes of a sixteen year old boy and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Deal may be exploring the theme of guilt.

Get this from a library. The watermelon boys. [Ruqaya Izzidien] -- "It is the winter of and Iraq has been engulfed by the First World War. Hungry for independence from Ottoman rule, Ahmad leaves his peaceful family life on the banks of the Tigris to join the.

Last month, at the Society of Authors’ Awards in London, Ruqaya Izzidien ‘s The Watermelon Boys  (Hoopoe, ) was one of the six winners of the Betty Trask Awards, bestowed annually by the prestigious Society of Authors’ Awards in recognition of the best and most promising first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic.

The Watermelon Boys is an apt title for this account of historical fiction, relating to the family's trade of marketing the fruit up and down the river. Ahmad and Dawood, a Baghdadi Jew, are great friends and the novel details their lives together, their loyalty and friendship, the respect they have for each other.

Watermelon was my first Marian Keyes book. My best friend gave it to me when I was in hospital. This book means a lot to me. Not because I can relate to the story much but because of how the author writes. Once I start one of her books I can't stop.

She involves you completely in the story. The family that feature in the book are amazing and /5(). Content: Cover design by Starmer shows eight figures in blackface (seven men, one woman) staring in amazement at the central figure, the watermelon boy who is eating a watermelon.

Content: Summary: In stereotyped language, the narrator describes an iconoclast "watermelon boy" who loves to eat watermelon.Books set in Iraq - The Watermelon Boys It is the winter of and Iraq has been engulfed by the First World War. Hungry for independence from Ottoman rule.

“The Watermelon Boys” by Ruqaya Izzidien British entry into Baghdad, B ehind the somewhat unprepossessing title, The Watermelon Boys is the story of several several interlocking destinies playing out in what is now Iraq during and immediately after World War I.