2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW Award Winner!
Meet Osamah Sami: a schemer, a dreamer and a madcap antihero of spectacular proportions whose terrible life choices keep leading to cataclysmic consequences … despite his best laid plans to be a Good Muslim Boy.
By the age of thirteen, Osamah had survived the Iran–Iraq war, peddled fireworks and chewing gum on the Iranian black market, proposed 'temporary marriage' not once but three times, and received countless floggings from the Piety Police for trying to hold hands with girls in dark cinemas.
And the trouble didn’t stop when Osamah emigrated to Australia. As much as he tried to be a Good Muslim Boy – his father was the lead cleric in Melbourne, after all – life was short and there were beaches with girls in bikinis to skip school for, a medical degree to fake because the son of a cleric should become a doctor, and an arranged marriage to run away from because his heart belonged to someone else.
Good Muslim Boy is a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of loss, love and family. It's about what we'll do to live up to expectations – and what we must do to live with ourselves.
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I read this book after watching the movie Ali's Wedding - also based on Oasamah Sami's life. The book was as funny as the movie was and it was also an insight into another culture but in a really engaging manner. The book and movie touch on some similar stories but they are also very different, so definitely worth reading/watching both. I would a thousand per cent recommend buying this book, supporting a local Australian author and enjoying it!
This book made me laugh out loud and well as tear up. It is informative in that it gives unique insight into the experience of a member of a minority. And yet the story is universal in its portrayal of human experience in often difficult times, far more than most of us who have grown up in the western world have seen. As an Iranian-Australian, I related to much of what Osamah shares, and yet I learnt so much about what Iraqi refugees/migrants in Iran experienced/are experiencing. Osamah may have very easily been a member of my community growing up in Sydney, and yet his father is a rarity to my knowledge of the world. I fear/hope, without diminishing the man that his father was, that this may be because such people are really not celebrated enough. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is an inspiration in so many ways. And my review does not do it justice.
A poignant & amusing story.
"This book chronicles some of the least sane periods in Osamah’s already insane life; the fact that these events are true beggars belief. This book will delight the reader. We need someone in the world to be our yardstick, a benchmark by which we may assess our own gaffs and shortcomings. Osamah is our man. His writing affords a reader a genuinely warm and hysterical insight into an Islamic community struggling to make sense of and fit into a purportedly liberal, secular Australia. That tussle provides endless material for this writer."
-Andrew Knight (creator of Seachange)
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2015
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 12.7
Edition Number: 1