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Confessions of a Gambler

Confessions of a Gambler In this timely novel Abeeda a South African woman in her late forties is struggling to hold on to both halves of a double life To others she is a pious Muslim mother of four coping with the death

  • Title: Confessions of a Gambler
  • Author: Rayda Jacobs
  • ISBN: 9781585678976
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this timely novel, Abeeda, a South African woman in her late forties, is struggling to hold on to both halves of a double life To others, she is a pious Muslim mother of four, coping with the death of one of her sons to AIDS But Abeeda has also developed a gambling addiction, winning and losing huge amounts of money In a series of flashbacks her life is traced as a wIn this timely novel, Abeeda, a South African woman in her late forties, is struggling to hold on to both halves of a double life To others, she is a pious Muslim mother of four, coping with the death of one of her sons to AIDS But Abeeda has also developed a gambling addiction, winning and losing huge amounts of money In a series of flashbacks her life is traced as a woman in her twenties, through a torrid affair with her younger sister s fiance, Imran, and her history of taking wild risks In all, this is a gripping story of family, addiction, religion, and redemption.

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    1. This is a really interesting book, especially for whoever has been in Cape Town. Rayda Jacobs will take you through her story, of which gambling is a only a part of it. There is much more to look for in this book. The actual escapades to Grand West, the intoxication with gambling and the seek for help are just a fraction of the story. I love the way the spiritual battle, the addiction and the risk taking, and ladies world blend together, the way sin is confessed and described. The role of religi [...]

    2. This book is very like James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" in that it appears to be a brutally honest account of an addiction (in this case gambling). When it turned out that it was complete fiction, I was amazed.It is brilliant and a must read. As if the idea of a smoking, straight talking Muslim woman with a car that drives autopilot to the local casino isn't enough, the author writes with such immediacy that you almost feel you are part of her vibrant and boisterous family circle. An added [...]

    3. A griping story with a complex character who has good and not so admirable traits. Eerily human, for a fictional character. The book deals with many complex and current issues in a manner that is not preachy or judgmental, but allows the story to speak for itself. I know many men tend to shy away from female authors, especially with a female main character, but this is one book that I could see being enjoyed by both sexes.

    4. I have just started this book and am intrigued. A friend gave this to me since it takes place in South Africa and I have been there a few times. It is a novel but you feel like you are reading a memoir.

    5. Good read! Set in Cape Town, the story of a compulsive gambler is about the life of Abeeda, a Muslim woman. Gives the reader an insight into Muslim religion.

    6. I loved this, the story, the compulsions, the twists and turns of plot, human fallibility, love, and of course the setting, Cape Town.

    7. This book kept my attention from page 1. Especially enjoyable if you know the Cape and understand the local lingo

    8. Compelling storyline + believable three-dimensional characters kept the pages turning. It's a pity, for me, it fell flat in the end.

    9. I’ve been wanting to read this book for many years and finally managed to get a copy. I loved this book and it’s so realistic it’s hard to believe it’s fiction. You feel you know Breeda as a friend and I loved learning about her culture and the South African flavour, places and sayings. It’s very sad at times but has plenty of humour too. I highly recommend this book. I’ve previously read and enjoyed Joonie and now look forward to reading more of Rayda Jacobs.

    10. This was quite a good book, got a bit tired of the detailed workings of the slot machines and would have liked a glossary of the Muslim terms used but I found it interesting and quite scarey just how easily and to what extent one can get dragged into the gambling addiction, if one has an addictive personality I suppose.

    11. Loved this book but kept shouting in my mind at Beeda to leave. Take your money and go! I'm glad it all worked out for her.

    12. In a balance of humor and heartbreak, and addiction and hope, Jacobs' exploration of a Muslim mother's look at the world is a graceful movement between a past and a present, all so interwoven as to condense each moment with another. With a son dying of AIDS and personal addiction becoming heaver and heavier, Jacobs' protagonist is one to remember, and is created so strikingly and believably that the novel is simply compelling.Written with an eye toward painful self confession, and with a focus o [...]

    13. What a wonderful character Abeeda Ariefdien is, confident, sassy, sexy, loving and all too human.The casino atmosphere comes across quite brilliantly in the compulsive gambling scenes.A novel about addiction, family heartbreak, faith, love and lust. Highly enjoyable.

    14. Although this is the book she became known for, uyou have read nothing, before you have read her other books. I am an avid reader of Rayda' books.

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