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Morocco: “My Summer With a Book”

In a world steeped in digital technology, and where tablets and e-book readers are getting cheaper and more accessible to a larger public every day, will there be a place left for good old printed books? For some Moroccan bloggers the answer is yes and technology is there to prove them right.

My Summer With a Book is an online initiative bloggers launched a couple of weeks ago, both as a blogging platform [Ar] and a public Facebook page [Ar], inviting visitors to share their reading experiences:

العادة جرت أن يكون الصيف مع الأصدقاء والأهل أكثر فأكثر .. ونادرا ما يكون مع كتاب نطالعه، رغم أننا يمكن أن نكون معهما معا ..
طيب، ما رأيكم أن يكون صيفنا المقــبل مع الكتاب، حتى نشجع بعضنا البعض على القراءة ولاداعي لأن أذكر إيجابياتها. ولهذا الغرض قمنا بإنشاء هذه المدونة لكي ننشر فيها ملخصك حول ما استـفدته أو ما تعلمته من الكتاب الذي قرأته
We tend to spend our summers more with friends and family and less in the company of a good book, although we can probably manage to do both.
Fine, how about spending the summer this time around with a book, so that we can encourage each other to read more. Needless to remind you of all the benefits reading can bring. For this purpose, we have created this blog to spread your thoughts on what you've learned reading the books you recommend.

Summer with a Book

Marrokia, a blogger [Ar] and co-founder of the initiative, is starting a new meme this week. She invites fellow bloggers to share their reading preferences asking them…

ما هي كتب الطفولة التي بقيت عالقة في ذاكرتك؟
مَنْ هم أهم الكتاب الذين قرأتَ لهم ؟
من هم الكتاب الذين قررت ألا تقرأ لهم مجددا؟
في صحراء قاحلة ، أي الكتب تحمل معك؟
من هو الكاتب الذي لم تقرأ له أبدا ، وتتمنى قراءة كتبه ؟
ما هي قائمة كتبك المفضلة ؟
ما هي الكتب التي تقرؤها الآن ؟
.أرسل الدعوة لأربعة مدونين من أجل مشاركتنا بذكرياتهم مع القراءة
What are the books you still remember from your childhood?
Who are your favorite authors?
Which authors you decided you won't read anymore?
What are the books you would carry with you if you were to be isolated in a desert?
Which writer haven't you read yet and feel you need to read his work?
What are your favorite books?
What books do you read now?
Send the invitation to four bloggers and invite them to share their reading experiences with everyone.

The response to the initiative is just starting to pick up. Following is a roundup of some of the responses randomly picked from the blogosphere.

Books remembered from childhood

From Najat [Ar]

آليس في بلاد العجائب، رحلة إلى باطن الأرض…

From Young Thoughts [Ar]:

نبيل فاروق حيث قرأت تقريبا أغلب قصص سلسلة رجل المستحيل وسلسلة زهور ايضا اذكر قصص تاريخية للكاتب جرجي زيدان

Nabil Farouk, of whom I read most of the stories from the series The Man of the Impossible, and Flowers. Also I used to read historical stories from writer Georgy Zeidan.

From Marrokia:

قصص محمد عطية الأبراشي ، قصص جحا ، ولن أنسى أبدا كتاب كليلة ودمنة

Story books by Mohamed Attia Abrashi, short stories about Juha and of course the Tales of Kalila and Dimna.

Favorite authors

From Young Thoughts:

نجيب محفوظ احسان عبد القدوس توفيق الحكيم عائض القرني

From Fouad [Ar]:

نجيب محفوظ، توفيق الحكيم و محمود السعدني بالإضافة إلى زكرياء تامر، يحيى حقي، مبارك ربيع، نبيل فاروق، عفيف عبد الفتاح طباره …. و لا أنسى أحد المساهمين في تغيير حياتي عائض القرني ♥
Naguib Mahfouz, Tawfiq el-Hakim, Mahmud al-Saadani, in addition to Zakaria Tamer, Yahya Haqqi, Mubarak Rabi’, Nabil Farouk, Afif Abdelfattah Tabarah and last but not least, an author who changed my life, Aed el-Qarni.

From Marrokia:

عبد الكريم غلاب
نجيب محفوظ
الجاحظ
عبد المجيد بن جلون

Authors you won't read anymore

From Abeer [Ar]:

نجيب محفوظ

From Khaled [Ar]:

عمرو خالد

From Fouad:

محمد شكري ( توفي سنة 2003 ) قرأت له الخبز الحافي و الخيمة بصراحة لا أعرف سبب كرهي لهما

Mohamed Choukri who died in 2003. I read his books For Bread Alone and The Tent and I still don't know why I hated them.

Books you would carry with you if you were to be isolated in a desert

From Mohamed:

لم أزر الصحراء يوما ^_^
إن زرتها سآخذ معي iPad أو Kindle، وأريّح نفسي من حمل الأثقال الورقية

I've never been to the desert before, but if I had to I would take an iPad or a Kindle and avoid carrying heavy loads of paper.

From Marrokia:

القرآن الكريم
نور اليقين في سيرة سيد المرسلين
The Koran
Noor al Yaqeen (a book on the prophet Muhammad's life and tradition)

Writers you haven't read yet and feel you need to read their books

From Abdelhamid [Ar]:

يوسف إدريس
يوسف السباعي …

Yusuf Idris and Youssef El Sebai.

From Marrokia:

أحلام مستغانمي
يوسف زيدان
باولو كويلهو
جابرييل جارسيا ماركيز

Your list of favorite books

From Said [Ar]:

جميع مؤلفات عبد الله العروي التي قرأت.
حوار التواصل للمهدي المنجرة.
رواية “صبوة في خريف العمر” لحسن أوريد.
رواية “دفنا الماضي” لعبد الكريم غلاب.
رواية “ثرثرة فوق النيل” لنجيب محفوظ
[…]

All the books by Abdallah Laroui
Mahdi Elmandjra and his Communication Dialog
A Romance in a Life's Dawn by Hassan Aourid
Dafna al-Madi (The Buried of the Past) by Abdelkrim Ghellab
Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

From Saad Eddine [Ar]:

شجرة البؤس (رواية – طه حسين)
أحدب نوتردام (فيكتور هيغو)
الدار الكبيرة (محمد ديب)
حدائق النور (امين معلوف)
The Tree of Misery by Taha Hussein
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
The Big House by Mohammed Dib
The Gardens of Light by Amin Maalouf

Books you're reading right now

From Hibo [Ar]:

الإنسان وقواه الخفية – كولن ويلسن
الشخصية الساحرة – كريم الشاذلي
نسيان – أحلام مستغانمي
Colin Wilson: The Man and his Mind
The Enchanting Personality by Karim al-Shazley
Memory in the Flesh by Ahlam Mosteghanemi

From Fouad:

الرمز المفقود “دان براون”

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

From Marrokia:

أوراق لعبد الله العروي
Les voix de Marrakech, d'Elias Canetti

Papers by Abdallah Laroui
The Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti

Photo by Hisham Almiraat available on Flickr and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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