There’s not much to laugh about in the Middle East these days. Violence, hatred, and war between tribes, religious groups, and nations, result in the death of innocent people every day. Reading the first book of Dan Aldouby’s Mimi trilogy you get the impression that things were not much different in the period from 80 BC until the time of Mohammed. That’s when Mimi, the Heroine of the book, travelled throughout the land in service of her creator. Yet, things seem different somehow in his narrative. That’s because he tells her story with authenticity, empathy, and liberal doses of wry humor that literally jump out of the pages making you smile even when you don’t want to. How does he manages all three? Because 1) he is an expert in Middle Eastern History and Comparative Religion, and still teaches those subjects at Rutgers University and 2) he is truly a funny guy! To see, what I mean read the following excerpt from the book which is one of my favorites: Roman Soldiers on Patrol . To learn more about Dan and his book go to Book of Mimi . You can buy his book from Amazon and Kindle directly from his site.
I’m the author of The First Book of Mimi. If you have as good a time reading it as I had as writing it, that will be reward enough for me. Although the first book sets the tone for the trilogy, I hope to keep it amusing, on the PC side of blasphemy, and for those who like to argue Ontology, Faith and Good Works, the merits of Organized religion, the role of prophecy, or answers to questions like “Why was I born?” or “What is my purpose in Life?” or “Does Satan really exists?” or meaty human doubts about the role of humanity, then Welcome to the world of Mimi the unlikely prophet, world traveler, and perky, pretty, and stand-up woman. At 83 years of age, I’ve come into contact with all sorts of human beings. Mimi is a woman who has all the traits which make up a picture of one kind of ideal. In some respects, I guess, many of these women who are parts of Mimi belong to my family. Lord knows, they are an independent, outspoken and marvelous bunch. Other parts of Mimi come from my lifelong study of Religion and its History. But enough about the author. If you have any comments, critiques, or questions, please post them and I’ll be glad to answer you. I don’t do tweets, Instagram, or any other Insta-whatever. Writing complete sentences is what my training is about. But I do know what OMG means.
Over and out, Dan