John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Book review of a lesser-known novelist of the 19th century

A Retired Gentleman by Issa J. Boullata

A Retired Gentleman and Other Stories (2007) is a collection of 8 short stories in an 106-page booklet. The author, Issa J. Boullata, is a former professor and translator of Arabic literature, who has written a novel and a biography of Iraqi poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab. ‘Without a Court Trial’ is about two friends, Abdallah…