Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is the first novel by Faëza Guène, who was only nineteen when it was published in The book was embraced and celebrated in France. Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. Faiza Guene, Author, trans. from the French by Sarah Adams. Harcourt $13 (p) ISBN Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is written by Faïza Guène, a young French woman of Algerian origin, who wrote the book when she was nineteen, and.

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Quotes from Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. Translated, it’s a very easy read, basically YA, though for a reader of French around A-Level standard, the slang will take a bit of getting used to. This is her first book.

Understandably Doria is angry. View all 4 comments. I have never understood why so many older child and teenage narrators pepper their stories with “I wish [really bad thing] would happen to [so and so]”. Mariner Books; First edition July 3, Language: The banlieues are the French version of community housing with all the attendant connotations that entails.

I bought this book for class and ended up enjoying it. I was kind of glad magazines have waned, but on the consumerism and fashion front, they seemed quite benign compared with what you hear about Instagram and teens now. Aug 24, Antonomasia rated it really liked it Shelves: Get to Know Us.

Since Doria’s dad moved back to Morocco to marry again he wants a sonMom cleans hotel rooms, and Doria wants to drop out of school. Mom goes to adult literacy training, Doria tries to finish school but has some obstacles along the way.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Seeing how others live in hardship is an enlightening experience. Nov 26, Drew rated it it was ok Shelves: Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is a great insider’s look not only at the public housing projects outside of Paris, but at the life of a teenage girl not so different from one anywhere else in the world.

I kifffe A sweet confection of teenage angst tomogrow a Algerian descent teenager living in the projects outside of Paris. The character of Doria is utterly compelling – belligerant yet vulnerable; cynical yet heart-breakingly naive – I would have happily spent twice the length of the book again inside her head.


Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow: A Young Woman’s Portrait of Muslims in France

And I find it very interesting as an example of inner emotions changing rapidly – seeing in action the stuff covered by the scholarly field of the history of emotions I referred to the other day in reviewing Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen kife Home.

It’s not the same Paris that is just a few metro stops away. This small novel reads like a quiet celebration within a chaotic ghetto. Amidst racism, poverty, and growing up with a single mom, Doria, the main character, writes in a smart, snarky, sardonic voice, making fun but in an enjoyable way of teachers, neighbors, will focusing hate at her father who has abandoned her.

Jan 22, Fabian rated it it was amazing. This highly original story, told in jiffe equally original voice, will be popular for as long as people read it. Please combine Kiffe kiffe demain. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Doria a 15 ans, un sens aigu de la vanne, une connaissance encyclopedique de la tele, et des reves qui la reveillent.

Doria, the heroine, is as critical of her fellow residents with their sexism and narrow-mindedness as she is of French racism. If this book is one of those, tomorrlw the French version must have been unbelievably brilliant.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Its American equivalent is Harlem or the ghetto, and yes, the ambivalence or just downright racism of the French to these members of the population is their equivalent of the white-black divide in America.

The voice of the young girl is sometimes angry but it is an anger that is directed to the injustices that ar A very accurate representation of the life of Arabic Immigrants in France.

The novel has sold overcopies and been translated into twenty-two different languages, and paved the way for her following work, “Some Dream for Fools” and “Les gens du Balto” That jerk didn’t even think about what he was saying, didn’t even ask himself why her signature might be weird. Want to Read saving…. It was a great story! Return to Book Page. Unputdownable, it is extremely hard to find fault with this wondrous tale by a 19 year-old writer.


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The boy she loves is in trouble with drugs and loves someone else. Like seriously, this book–ugh, I love it so much.

This novel had me daydreaming a little at first, but I was certainly absorbed once I got into it. The phrase “kiffe kiffe tomorrow” is one of Doria’s own invention, coming from the Arabic kif-kifwhich means same old, same old, and the French verb kifferwhich means to really like something. In the rough Paris housing projects, Doria, 15, a child of Muslim immigrant parents, sets her soap-opera dreams against the grim daily struggle, even as she does sometimes find the bold and the beautiful in herself and in her neighborhood.

That jerk didn’t even think about what he was saying, didn’t even ask himself why her signature might be weird. Overall, not a great book, maybe not even tomorros good book, but perhaps a necessary book. Good book, sound plot, interesting read, good use of kiiffe, it’s not overdone, different from classic coming of age stories, with themes of female empowerment in a sort of sexist, uneducated and foreign setting.

Great perspective tomorrw class, gender and xenophobia in France, but tomorriw in a mostly humorous instead of tragic way.

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No wonder the French went gaga over this new Sagan, this new Salinger. She lives with her mother in a tower block on the outskirts of Paris.

Many people, much kifef, couldn’t do it even if they wanted to. Same stuff to deal with: A smart older boy, Nabil, is enlisted to tutor Doria, and she soon recognizes the potential of someone with dreams as opposed to neighborhood teens like Hamoudi and Youssef, imprisoned for drug dealing and car theft. Sa mere d’abord, femme de menage dans un Formule 1 de Bagnolet et soleil de sa vie.