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Charhadi's young narrator is a loner, always in dire poverty, and at turns a shepherd, a baker's helper, a petty trafficker in kif, he is continually used, abused and cheated. Yet his optimism and faith in humanity is nver dimmed despite betrayals, beatings and imprisonment.

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"Charhadi has written the first novel ever produced in Moghrebi. The work is not is not only unprecedented, it is also very good, and much of it is marvellous." -- Alfred Chester, Book Week

"The good story-teller keeps the thread of his narrative almost equally taut at all points. This Charhadi accomplished apparently without effort. He never hesitated; he never varied the intensity of his eloquence...Nothing needed to be added, deleted or altered." -- Paul Bowles

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A Life Full Of Holes is one of the most unusual books ever written and came about through a collaboration between the writer Paul Bowles and a young illiterate Arab who spoke his tale into Bowles' tape-recorder; it was later transcribed and translated.

Charhadi's young narrator is a loner, always in dire poverty, and at turns a shepherd, a baker's helper, a petty trafficker in kif - he is continually used, abused and cheated. Yet his optimism and faith in humanity is never dimmed despite betrayals, beatings and imprisonment.

Charhadi's unique and fascinating story, underpinned by the cultural collisions between East and West, is essentially a tale of survival, told with dignity, humour and insight.

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