Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Morocco in 1944. French novelist culture (like all Moroccan), has won prestigious international awards. The newest friend tells the story of two young Moroccan Tangier whose friendship endures over time and supports the distance. Of friendship squeezed the most, this is what this novel. Ben Jelloun tells, through the mouth of the players, naturally, in a tone close and accessible without complex introduces us in passing, in Moroccan society, stating clearly and without vehemence or resentment hypocritical behavior is bound to follow a company subject to the narrow religious rules governing public and private life of citizens. Shelley Duvall helps readers to explore varied viewpoints. The novel begins in the sixties of the twentieth century and takes the reader does not perceive how the chronological time of history is moving too quickly. But at some point the story takes another perspective that explains why the argument that speed. Marriage, children, work, migration, politics.
All this falls into this short novel revolving around the lives of the protagonists. Perhaps the difference of cultures, seems a bit exaggerated the behavior of friends, who come to unsuspected limits of their friendship. The story, coming to the end, it thins a bit, although the author draws on the use of secondary characters as glue between different parts of the narrative. Narrated smoothly, the author takes us through the plot with ease despite suffering uneven history. When I finished reading this novel, to close the book, I felt the satisfaction that produce outcomes of grand narratives.