Ebook, 280 Pages
By: Nejoud Al-Yagout
“Covering up women means men aren’t willing to work on inner purification. That’s laziness. We can’t have that woman, so cover her up. It’s like when they close restaurants here in Ramadan. We can’t eat, so close down all the restaurants. Or we can’t drink alcohol, so don’t allow bars.”
🌟 I didn’t know what to expect from this book to be honest. I like the synopsis, I like that it is in an Arabian community but didn’t know what to expect beyond that!
🌟 The book is written from multiple POV & the format is creative –I like- but it was hard to get it at first. Well, it wasn’t really hard but I thought it is a casual multiple POV book but the catch is that once a POV is finished we don’t go back to it, so it goes from person 1 to 2 to 3… etc
🌟 The first chapter started good but then everything was happening so quickly, like extremely quickly and though I like fast pacing, it was too fast, I couldn’t relate to the characters and get everything. I was hasty to judge it because as mentioned I didn’t know the format, chapter 1 is like a quick glimpse into many characters’ lives and then you get to enjoy the story from each Person’s POV!
🌟 I was impressed by the writing style which both mixed a good English writing with the Arab society essence which is kind of hard to balance! I saw some Arabic authors with bad English writing and many grammatical/ punctuation and pronunciations errors. But you can tell that the Author here mastered the language and that it was well edited.
🌟 I feel that I am obliged to mention that these deals with heavy topics and focuses on diverse and minor groups in the Arab world. Like Gay men who are forced to marry women, people who have affairs out of marriage, some taboos in the community, the abusive husband, those who makes the religion bad by using verses and Quran out of context and according to their own merits. These are all things that exist and we try to cover them as a conservative community, I think light should be shed upon these problems rather than hiding them till there is an explosion! I want people to understand that not all what Muslims do equal Islam and that we are human and do wrong things so blame us and not our religion!
🌟 There wasn’t like one plot that we follow through the whole book but rather than multiple short stories that are intertwined and are connected as is usual in the Eastern world. I also do believe in the notion that our deeds do hunt us even after a while.
🌟 Summary: Basically a book with good representation of the minor groups in the Arab world, with many Arabic thoughts and quotes. If you are trying to learn more about this community then this book is for you! The writing was good and it was fast paced, I only wish that we had one larger story than the shorter ones as I wanted to know more about those characters. Overall, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.