Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

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Call Me Zebra Read Online Free - A feisty heroine’s quest to reclaim her past through the power of literature—even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love.
Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago.
Books are Zebra’s only companions—until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death, and her obsession with history. He thinks she’s unhinged; she thinks he’s pedantic. Neither are wrong; neither can let the other go. They push and pull their way across the Mediterranean, wondering with each turn if their love, or lust, can free Zebra from her past.

Title : Call Me Zebra
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ISBN : 0544944607
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Audacia rated it ★★★★☆

February 21, 2018

Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family’s “treasured roles” of Autodidacts, Anarchists, and Atheists. She is a deeply infuriating, unsentimental, hopelessly pretentious character obses...

Will rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2018

3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and well read. Her main character and narrator, Bibi Abbas Abbas Hosseini (aka Zebra) shares these same...

Vivek rated it ★★★★★

March 10, 2018

Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can’t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finished reading, “Call Me Zebra” by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. I had to reread it. To experience the p...

Zohar - rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2018

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author’s second novel. Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in literature from the violent present of their time. Zebra is the last of the family which describes i...

Stacey A. Prose and Palate rated it ★★★★☆

March 07, 2018

3.5 stars. Review to come

Gary rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

I was drawn to this book, I admit, because it was so highly anticipated among the most informed voices of literature. I have grown wary of expert opinions of any kind, to be honest, so I began the book, I suppose, with some skepticism that it would meet the ‘most anticipated’ status it had achiev...

Susie rated it ★★★☆☆

March 08, 2018

Let's face it, this is a seriously weird book. It's like Freshwater but with literature instead of religion. The thing with those two books, is that they were really intriguing at first, luring you in with their exotic and foreign settings. Then they start to spiral down a weird path when the mai...

Tommi rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 05, 2018

I find novels about the interweaving of life and art fascinating, but Call Me Zebra felt somehow shallow, especially in the light of The Idiot by Elif Batuman, or A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, two profound meditations on the subject. On the plus side, I thought the refugee aspect of the s...

Cynthia rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 27, 2018

Sometimes you read a novel and you're left with more questions than answers or satisfaction. I think that's what the author intended here. I still don't understand why Zebra chose that name for herself. What was wrong with her given name? Did she really have no other family? Why had they not reac...

Helen rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 21, 2018

At the heart of "Call Me Zebra" is a heart-breaking story of a young Iranian girl, who flees her war-torn country with her parents, losing her mother en route. She settles in New York with her father, but when he also passes, she decides to head on a reverse pilgrimage, retracing the path via whi...

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