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Goat Days

Goat DaysIn preparation for Benny Benyamin coming to our living room dialogue, I ordered his Goat Days and it is a very readable book about Najeeb, who pays a considerable amount of money to a middle man to fix him up with the necessary visas and permits to work in a company in the Gulf.  He leaves his pregnant wife, hoping to be able to send money back home to support herand resource their dreams, and flies to Saudi Arabia, but there is no one to collect him from Riyadh airport. Eventually he is picked up by a man and taken in the back of a pick-up truck out into the desert where he is effectively held as a slave, working as a goat herder. The goats become his closest companions. He eventually escapes and has many adventures along the way before he ends up in jail and is deported.