Review of Labyrinthe des sentiments

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Author: Eric Sellin
Editor: Janet Witalec
Date: 2004
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Book review; Critical essay
Length: 614 words

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[(review date summer 2000) In the following review, Sellin describes Labyrinthe des sentiments as a "haunting and unusual book," asserting that the novel's focus on one main narrative distinguishes it from Ben Jelloun's previous works.]

What is at first perusal a modest text consisting of an amalgam of Tahar Ben Jelloun's usual textual tricks (a highly charged lyrical style; interface between fiction and journalism; dreams, poems, letters, and bits of colloquial Arabic framed by the larger narrative; autobiographical winks at the reader in search of authorial intervention), Labyrinthe des sentiments turns out to be a haunting and unusual book. It is unusual because, unlike most of Ben Jelloun's other works, it has one main narrative with the semblance of a beginning, a middle, and an end--this in contrast to his customary modus operandi of stringing his various subnarratives in a fictional rosary possessing no particular apparent coherent form.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100053119