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Loyina posts on 12/4/2006 8:35:57 AM Hello again. my ID is : tifarenoah and it is on Ya hoo. another one is y_tidus on Hot mail. thank you:)
Lee posts on 12/3/2006 4:14:47 AM Hey, HM. Not sure which book you're talking about, but glad you liked it! Thanks for telling me, always a pleasure to know there are folks out there enjoying my work. Cheers! Lee
HM posts on 12/2/2006 10:18:37 PM Great book, lots of action, good characters - the hero and the heroine. I'm looking for your other books now.

Lee posts on 12/2/2006 7:48:05 PM Dear Loyina, Happy to help with your thesis. If there are going to be loads of questions, this forum might not be the best place to give long or complicated answers. I suggest the safest way to arrange it is for you set up a free throwaway email address on something like Y ahoo , let me know what it is on this board, I'll contact you on another private email address, and we can correspond that way for the duration of your studies. Hope that helps. Cheers, Lee
Loyina posts on 12/2/2006 3:38:28 PM Hello dear writer, I am so grateful for your cooporation with me. actually, I am so happy that I could manage contacting you via this message board. anyway, i have started writing my thesis on the effect of race on Khalili, Shaikh Larry and Hamid's personalities. however, i still face many obstacles regarding certain points... i dont know if i am allowed to post my questions here(i have loads)?? again, i still need to know the reason behind the choice of the title, for me as for any muslim, the name Mahdi has an islamic significance, but in the novel i dont find the relation between the title and the intire work. second, Khalili seems to me so sophisticated...a woman who lacks feminity, and who is hostile... does this have to do with her origins as an arab?? is that the normal picture of arabian women in the western thinking??? thanks.
Lee posts on 11/19/2006 2:26:15 PM Dear Loyina, I wrote this novel quite some time ago, so I don't quite remember what the genesis of the name 'Khuruchabja' was. I didn't want to single out one particular country or people, and I also wanted to address 'the Middle East' more as a whole, as inaccurate as that might be. So there's a bit of Iraq, a bit or Iran, a bit of the Lebanon, a bit of Egypt, a bit of this and that and the leftover bits made up - which is what authors tend to do. I'm pleased you thought I criticized both East and West fairly, but I can assure you, I don't have a low opinion of Arabs, or any other people - I try to judge everyone on an individual basis, not on anyone's nationality. But bear in mind that quite often writers will have their characters say and do things that the writer him/herself does not agree with! That's the nature of fiction. Sometimes the challenge is just that - to write from the point of view of someone very much NOT like me, and sometimes that lets me see things in a way I might not otherwise see. No problem with your English, it's better than my (or KB's) Arabic, like, fer shur. If you've any other questions, feel free. Cheers, Lee
Loyina posts on 11/16/2006 2:29:58 PM I am pleased by your reply, thanks alot:) however, there are lots of things that puzzle me in the novel... for instance, the relation between the title and the entire work, where from did the name (khurchubaja) come to your mind, the similarites between that imaginary spa, and iraq in specific, and some 'lovely' expressions that are only known for 'saudis'... i like your novel, it criticises west and east fairly! but i felt that you have a low openion about arabs.. p.s pardon my English, Its am as bad as ms. Sulaiman's murkandi or arabic!! thanks again..
Lee posts on 11/4/2006 1:52:05 PM Sorry for the delay in answering, these past few months have been a bit crazy for me. I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but if you look up 'Looking for the Mahdi Reviews on a search engine (I'd say which one, but this site keeps blocking my post because it thinks I'm promoting another website), starts with a G and ends with an oogle), you'll find there's a good selection to choose from. I did that myself just now, and even found a few I hadn’t read before. Of course, any author who tells you they never read reviews is probably both lying and telling the truth. I’ve read a few reviews with so many errors that it made me seriously wonder if the reviewer ever read more tan the blurb on the back cover (which I don’t write!), but there are a few worthwhile reactions. I don’t go looking for reviews, though, I don’t tend to take reviews too seriously, and I never, ever (well, only once) answer my critics. But I’m more than happy to discuss my books with interested readers, and if there is anyting you’d like to know, feel free to ask.
Loyina posts on 10/29/2006 12:15:31 PM Hi.. I am an arab student who is going to study the novel "Looking For The Mahdi" in depth.. is there any site where i can get a full review of the novel? thanks.. Loyina
posts on 10/9/2006 10:18:11 AM Oh I hope Keen and Jilly get together again, hope they'll be friends with Phil and Gabby!
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