The Randomist is a collection of columns, essays and personal writings by Bahrain national best-selling and award-winning author Ali Al Saeed.
From everyday life in the tiny Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain as a struggling writer, to the intimate recollections of childhood memories, The Randomist paints a rare portrayal of young modern Arabs trying to find themselves in the world.
The Randomist is Ali Al Saeed.... his thoughts scattered, dense and often seemingly incoherent, the author of three critically-acclaimed books believed for many years that no one could possibly know what he is talking about! but surprisingly his non-fiction, essays and columns have not only been praised for their originality, but also embraced by many. He often scares himself making sense with his ramblings. Take a look into the mind of a mentally hyperactive dream junkie and see if you can make any sense of it yourself.
Praise for 'The Randomist'
"Heart-wrenchingly earnest, The Randomist paints the world of a young Bahraini man in exquisite detail. As engaging as it is revealing, The Randomist invites you to sit on Ali Al Saeed's shoulder during some of the most intimate parts of his life. Privy to the heart-warming and, at times, heart-breaking stories of his world, this is Bahraini life as you've never seen it before."
— Matt Ross
“Many of the chapters are thought-provoking samples of everyday life, and death, in Bahrain. It is an eye-opener for those of us steeped in Western culture. There is undoubted talent here that will enrich any reader.”
— Geoff Nelder, author of ARIA: Left Luggage