The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing

  • by Darina Al-Joundi
  • Narrated by Lameece Issaq
  • 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Raised on Charles Baudelaire, A Clockwork Orange, and fine Bordeaux in 1970s Lebanon, Darina Al-Joundi was encouraged by her unconventional father to defy all taboos. As the bombs fell, she lived an adolescence of excess and transgression, defying death in nightclubs. The more oppressive the country became, the more drugs and anonymous sex she had, fueling the resentment by day of the same men who would spend the night with her. As the war dies down, she begins to incur the consequences of her lifestyle. On his deathbed, her father's last wish is for his favorite song, "Sinnerman" by Nina Simone, to be played at his funeral instead of the traditional suras of the Koran. When she does just that, the results are catastrophic.
In this dramatic true story, Darina Al-Joundi is defiantly passionate about living her life as a liberated woman, even if it means leaving everyone and everything behind.


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Customer Reviews

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Great story

I picked this book because I hoped it would give me an insider perspective of Lebanon's history and culture.. and it did! if you know and enjoyed Persepolis, you will love this book.
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- Cliente Amazon

Listen to this!

Sharp and jazzy, this is a real standout literary voice. It reminds me of Sylvia Plath in places, especially towards the end with the mental hospital and her ‘redemption’ which, of course, is a false start. A very interesting book in what it has to say about culture, religion and being a free, independent woman.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios