The Jordan Planet Book Club

The cover of Diana Abu Jaber's book 'Crescent'One new initative that has sprung forth from the constantly evolving realm that is Jordan Planet is an online book club — the brain child of Jordanian blogger Ohoud. The members of the club are currently discussing Diana Abu Jaber’s novel novel Crescent. Although I haven’t read the book, I highly enjoyed reading the discussions taking place between club members.

Surprisingly, a majority of members slammed the novel saying it had a number of factual errors! It is very refreshing to see such bright Jordanian voices dissecting literature and giving their take on the work of a Jordanian-American author! Kudos to those behind the Book Club. I hope time will permit me to take part in an upcoming discussion.

4 thoughts on “The Jordan Planet Book Club”

  1. Khalidah,
    I was surprised by how badly this book was received! I recently finished Diana Abu Jaber’s the Language of Baklava and I highly enjoyed it.
    I’m currently reading Memoirs of Geisha..I will let you know what I think of it when I ‘m finally done. So far the story is well written but a bit of a downer.

  2. I found Crescent to be quite a decent read, and I must have overlooked the factual errors – I wonder what they were?. Perhaps I enjoyed the book more because I had just moved to the US and reading anything related to the Middle East was good enough for me then! Abu Jaber’s prose is a little flowery, but I loved her descriptions of food. I thought it was better than the Language of Baklava.

  3. I think I am the lone JP book club person who enjoyed it(not crazy about it, but enjoyed it).
    I can’t even get on Ohoud’s blog to comment as her bandwidth is full!

Comments are closed.