Monday, September 17, 2012
Reader's Diary #869- Tayeb Salih: A Handful of Dates
A Handful of Dates," by Tayeb Salih, it's unfortunately the opposite.
About a Sudanese boy and his grandfather, "A Handful of Dates" is about the boy's growing awareness of his grandfather as a person. At the beginning the boy has a rather simplistic view about his world. He's happy, but naively so. I think all of us at some point have been disillusioned with a childhood ideal, so even if I can't (fortunately) relate to the grandparent disillusionment, the sentiment is very believable. "A Handful of Dates" is a fine coming of age story, rich in symbolism and with a fascinating setting to the unfamiliar.