The World Unseen

The World Unseen

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by Shamim Sarif
     
 

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In 1950's South Africa, free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob her 'coloured' business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her and a chain of events is

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In 1950's South Africa, free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob her 'coloured' business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her and a chain of events is set in motion that changes both women forever.

The World Unseen transports us to a vibrant, colourful world, a world that divides white from black and women from men, but one that might just allow an unexpected love to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780956031600
Publisher:
Enlightenment Press
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,044,828
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Shamim Sarif is a novelist, screenwriter and film director. She recently wrote and directed the motion picture adaptation of her own novel, The World Unseen. She is also the writer/director of the feature film, I Can't Think Straight, which is based on her novel of the same name. She is the author of the novel Despite the Falling Snow. She lives in London with her partner Hanan and their two children.

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The World Unseen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I am on winter break and I have read 2 of Shamim's novels ( I Can't Think Straight & The World Unseen). I am currently waiting for "Despite the Falling Snow" to arrive at my doorstep. I am a reader of autobiographies. So, when I stumbled upon Shamim's works, which are fiction, I was so thrilled. She truly tells stories that are universal. Yes, at the heart of her novels are the love between two women. BUT she tells these stories so eloquently and truly gives a voice to love. All three of her novels take place in different times, different countries and continents. She covers race, class, tradition and LOVE. These are not the same old coming out stories. Shamim's novels are about love, self identification, self love. She conveys her message with such ease. Mostly, she gives the gift of love and shows us that love is a universal emotion. Her novels are not simply about being gay , in fact, neither is truly about being gay. I am so impressed with this author. She and her partner have made 2 out of the three novels (I Can't Think Straight & The World Unseen) into films and the third (Despite the Falling Snow) is on its way. This is not just fiction. Shamim tells a story. You feel you could easily be one of her many characters regardless of sexuality. That is what's so amazing about her writing. She touches on the subtleties of romantic love, family love, etc. Let me also mention that I read 5 books at a time. I read both of these novels back to back. I didn't want to finish either of them. I Can't Think Straight is funny & heartwarming. The World Unseen covers apartheid in S. Africa during the 50's, the emigration of people from India to S. Africa, and the developing love between two Indian women.
I am obviously excited about Shamim Sarif's work. You will not be disappointed. Also, I'm not quite sure why B&N is not selling "I Can't Think Straight" but you can find it on Amazon!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is such a talented writer. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down, I read it in a day and a half.
Cajun14 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. The author writes in such a way that makes you feel like you know the characters and can relate to them. This is a great book.
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Went super fast once I got all the names under my belt. Great story.
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