This is a striking and often times harsh tale written in 1954 which illuminates the difficulties of living between two cultures - one which is strongly Islam and that of the Occident. The edges have not been smoothed by any sense of political correctness, and with this tone we are taken to the heart of the emotions this dilemma can inspire. Set in a Moroccan family, the key character is a young moroccan man with a western education but a strictly traditional father. Le Passe Simple is a novel famous within Moroccan and francophone circles but less well known amongst English-speakers. Not an 'easy read' but one that rewards the reader by penetrating behind superficial differences and not shying away from harsh, emotional experiences. What do other readers think?