The Book of Doubt
A NovelBook - 2011
Born in Holland, Saeed has a Moroccan first name in memory of his father, who absconded before he was born. Uncertain about his place in the world, he goes in search of his father, hoping to reconnect with his Arabic heritage and, in doing so, find a new identity. His childhood friend Hassan accompanies him. As their journey becomes increasingly claustrophobic, a secret history emerges that shatters their expectations. Disillusioned and desperately seeking to throw off the vestiges of his childhood in Holland, Saeed's search sends him deep into the hands of radical Islam. But will he be saved before events reach a destructive climax?
Even though he is the son of a Dutch mother, Saeed has a Moroccan first name in memory of the virtuoso oud player his mother fell in love with twenty years ago. When she found out she was pregnant, he ran off and returned to Morocco. Saeed decides to look for his father, in the hope of finding a new identity in a new world.