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Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Good Read For Young Adults

I read this book when I was quite a bit younger for a summer reading project, and I loved it. It really opened my eyes to middle eastern culture, and how different things can be half a world away. Shabanu is a very interesting character, and as you read you experience ...
I read this book when I was quite a bit younger for a summer reading project, and I loved it. It really opened my eyes to middle eastern culture, and how different things can be half a world away. Shabanu is a very interesting character, and as you read you experience all the heartbreak and happiness she does. I recommend it to any young adult who wants to learn about other cultures. Haveli, the sequel, is a good read also.

posted by Anonymous on December 3, 2007

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Fair Book

The thing that I like about this book is that anyone who reads it will learn a little more about the Muslim culture. In my opinion, the middle and beginning of the story could be a tad boring because it mainly tells about the future life of a girl and her sister which i...
The thing that I like about this book is that anyone who reads it will learn a little more about the Muslim culture. In my opinion, the middle and beginning of the story could be a tad boring because it mainly tells about the future life of a girl and her sister which is about to get married. Then towards the end, more action starts to build and that is the only part where the story gets interesting and exciting. For anyone who would like to read this book, I will warn you something... it contains sexual harrasment and the ending is very sad.

posted by Anonymous on August 8, 2008

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

    Disappointing

    Several times in the book I found myself reading passages and then having to reread them because I had gotten bored and didn't even know what it was I had just read. I know Staples claimed to do her research, but it doesn't seem like it to me. There's so much she seems completely unaware of: Islamically, there is no "bride price" (the only bride price there is has to do with the culture of the region, not the actual religion, and nowadays in Pakistan there is very little of this kind), but the dowry is given to the woman by the man she marries, instead of the woman giving the man a dowry (the latter happens in Hindu culture, not Islamic culture) and a marriage cannot take place without the consent of either the man or the woman, so Shabanu's marriage to Rahim could have annulled because it was organized without her consent. Also, Shabanu seems unnaturally obsessed with the physical attributes of men and women both - Islam teaches its followers to be modest (as in, no hip swaying on Phulan's part and clothes that completely cover a woman's body and do not reveal her figure) and for men to lower their eyes in a woman's presence (of course, when the woman is not someone of their immediate family) and for women to do the same in front of men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    booring

    the book really doesnt start until you're 150 pages or so into it. it was way too boring until the end which is a major let down. in this book, i think the word 'camel' has appeared at least 50 times. Shabanu is overly emotional, and she has a beautiful sister. I felt bad for her when her dad called her nothing but a troublesome girl that could be bought in excahnge for her hand in marriage. It turned out okay but i wouldn't read it on my own time (thanks to my english class)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Boring

    Not only did this book not have a plot until the end, but it bored me to death. Though, admittedly, I found myself interested towards the final chapters, I found the entire preceding portion of the book utterly insignificant and rather tedious. Furthermore, I did not care for for the graphic nature of a camel giving birth.

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