What the Day Owes the Night (Algeria)

Wow, all I can say about this book wow. The feels were real and at the end I cried, not just a few tears this book gave me a crying headache.

What the Day Owes the Night by Yasmina Khadra is an amazing book it is the tale of an old man, reliving his past. I know that sounds dull and boring, but it is not. Jones (in French) and Younes (in Arabic) tells his tale in a way that well at the end made me cry.

This book is about Algeria, before WWII and during its war with France for Independence, but these are not the main plots of the book. It is about growing up, choices, unwise choices, regrets, joys, and everything in between.

Out of all the books that I have read so far on this adventure this is the one that I have recommended to strangers. GO read it.


“It was then that I realized that our guardian angels had abandoned us, that we would be cursed until the day of Judgment.”

“‘The merchant shrugged, “men invented god to distract them from their demons.'”

“Even now I wonder if the world is nothing but appearances.”

“If truth be told, Hell never seemed closer than it did to me on holy days.”



When my son was little and he had a problem that he could not solve he would yell “STUCK!” at the top of his lungs, and that is where I am stuck. There is a little state called Andorra it is in theĀ  Mountains between France and Spain. I thought that I had found a book for that country, and when it finally showed up from the library right on the face page it states that it is not about Andorra at all.

Now, I know I do not have a lot of readers or followers, but I am putting this out there, so that if anyone knows a book about Andorra, a work of fiction, that has been translated into English, and that I can get a copy of to read. That information would be wonderful to have. Now I have looked at blogs of people who are doing this project and the book that they show are written by Andorrans, but are not about Andorra.

So any help in the right direction would be wonderful.