1- 22 Brittania Road by Amanda Hodgkensin
2- The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
3- Are You Free by Danzy Senna
4- Uncommon Arrangements by Katie Roiphe
5- Half a Life by Darin Strauss
6- The Kitchen Daughter
7- The Wormth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
I've just finished the 1st chapter: (Lolita). The book tells about "Azar-the author": who was teahing English litterature to Iranian students in the reign of the Revolution beginning, Azar arranged for some of chosen girls a class every thursday to discuss forbiden books in Iran and their relation to Iranian reality; she chose (Lolita, Gatsby, and others).
Each girl starts to share her life under repression of Iranian regime. In the first chapter -for example- they tell how the men in Iran adopt double measures, and how they would impose punishment over a woman for wearing (pink pair of socks), what made (pink socks) one of those forbidden fruits, such as Burgers, walks by beach, and foreign books.
Learning from the Author to relate what I read to what I live, I would quote from her (Dancing with your jailor (is) participating in your execution. The onlyway to leave the circle, to stop dancing with the jailor).
To the nextChapter: (Gatsby)
As an Egyptian who's always been curious how others see Egypt, and was always thirsty for more knowladge concerning religions and civilizations,and of course concerning ancient Egyptians and Jews, for all these reasons i bought this book.
Let me say that I was shocked by the author's way in describing his family members' opinion about Arab culture and traditions, although I have to admit that their opinions and views about Public hygiene and eating habbits are true specially when we notice that the majority of Egyptian whome his family knew were only their servants.
The parts I liked the most were the Author's description of loosing his beloved grandfather to death, i was really touched by the way he pictured his empty room, his remained shoes and things. Also, the bitterness in his writing when he mentioned how Jews treated each ohers the same way Arabs treated them,.and facts like " Jews are destined to loose everything in their lives twice-" and "Jews have nowhere, and betray every land they stay in"..describing their relation to Egypt .
I also adored the part when auther's grandpa said when he was contemplating the horizon on one of the Alexandrian beaches : "How one could forget all this blue?". In the last chapter " The Last Seder" Aciman's tells his aunt Elasa replying her question "What kind of Jewish doesn't celebrate the LastSeder?" Saying: "The One who does not want to leave Egypt"
I heartly recommend this novel for you, I'll reread it again and agian once i can take it back from my boyfriend!
I read Witch of Portabello by Paulo Coelho yesterday, I actually didn't read the hard copy btu I used Browsinside option on Harpercollins.com.
To my surprise, I felt that something is missing..I mean 10 chapters= 57 Pages?
Anyone read the book before?
After finishing this amazing novel, i came to a conclusion that I myself lives my life as a geisha!
A breath taking act and it really caught me since the 1st chapter, describes familiar girlhood foolishness, disappointments, life mesory and many other feelings that go through woman's mind in such fantastic expressive way
My dear Friend Jasmine lend me this book saying:(you will love it, it is very interesting)
I didn't finish the book yet but, it really is!. i told (Jasmine): I can't wait to finish the book, yet I don't want it to be finished...!
He Said, She Said
baby is all right the way it is. There's enough room in this world," a
friend reassures Jacinta Blake, the mother of a hermaphrodite".
can someone of two genders really find acceptance—even self-acceptance?Kathleen Winter explores that question in her utterly original debut novel, Annabel. It's 1968 in a remote coastal village in Labrador, Canada, where men spend the brutal winters hunting while their wives keep busy with housework. Roles are well defined, to say the least.