SOMETHING HUMAN by Mohamed Mehdevi


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This odyssey across the United States of a young Iranian is overall a protest against, criticism of, and, beyond that, admiration for this country. On scholarship at Watson College, in Florida, after a European education, he is appalled by the scholastic standards, the tempting but sterile girls, the hollowness of the friendships- and refuses what, to him, are hypocritical gestures. A mix-up over his money from home sends him on a hitchhiking, jobhunting tour, and his experiences on the road, in Texas and California, underline his growing despair over American attitudes, ways of life and vacuity of intelligence in spite of the tremendously rich patterns of living possible. Rescued by his belated finances, he delays in returning home, goes through more makeshift existence in New York City, eventually establishing a profitable export business. But the realization that he can never live here makes up his mind to leave. A magnifying glass for faults, lacks, failures, also reveals a montage of definite personalities on the way and the whole should amaze and upset those among whom he has lived. ""As others see us"" in fastidious honesty.

Publisher: St Martin's Press