Monthly Archives: November 2011

From Prison to Prison

just one more chapter Larrie Saturday, May 29, 2010 Saddam City Summary from Cover: One morning Mustafa Ali Noman, a teacher in Baghdad, was arrested as he reached the school gates. For the next fifteen months he was brutally interrogated, … Continue reading

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NORRIS VAUGHN

Sense of Brotherhood NORRIS VAUGHN             In Mahmoud Saeed’s novel Saddam City, Mustafa Ali Noman is arrested suddenly without being given specific charges. Over the next few months, he is sent to six different prisons all over Iraq, where he … Continue reading

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Reaction

Reaction LEWIS ROBINSO             Mahmoud Saeed’s Saddam City may also be aptly called I Am the One Who Saw, as the author originally intended, although both titles fit the context of the novel. Titling the book Saddam City attempts to … Continue reading

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An Explanation of Survival

 An Explanation of Survival HARRIS CLARK In the novel, Saddam City, Mahmoud Saeed tells the world what he experienced and witnessed while he was a detainee in various Iraqi prisons during the reign of the dictator, Saddam Hussein. Bones can … Continue reading

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Courage are Tested Beyond Measure

Rich Podjasek “I’d heard a man could withstand more hardship than he expects. I had to take myself to the limit” (Saeed 20). -Mustafa Ali Noman             Mustafa Ali Noman experiences physical and mental torture, intense emotional distress, and a … Continue reading

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I am the One Who Saw

THOMPSON LOPEZ  The title, I Am the One Who Saw, immediately grabs the reader’s attention. It also instantaneously raises questions in the mind of the reader. What exactly did he see, and what does he know? Mahmoud Saeed writes a … Continue reading

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Humanity and Pride in the Face of Torture

Tiffany Mark February 14, 2011             In the novel Saddam City, by Mahmoud Saeed, the main character Mustafa Ali Noman is subjected to brutal prison conditions and torture.  Noman vividly narrates his harrowing experience throughout … Continue reading

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