The Cry of the Dove

The Cry of the Dove

by Fadia Faqir
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The Cry of the Dove by Fadia Faqir

“Exquisitely woven.”—Leila Aboulela Timely and lyrical, The Cry of the Dove is the story of one young woman and an evocative portrait of forbidden love and violated honor in a culture whose reverberations are felt profoundly in our world today. Salma has committed a crime punishable by death in her Bedouin tribe of Hima, Levant: she had sex out of wedlock and became pregnant. Despite the insult it would commit against her people, Salma has the child and suddenly finds herself a fugitive on the run from those seeking to restore their honor. Salma is rushed into protective custody where her newborn is ripped from her arms, and where she sits alone for years before being ushered to safety in England. Away from her Bedouin village, Salma is an asylum-seeker trying to melt into the crowd, under pressure to reassess her way of life. She learns English customs from her landlady and befriends a Pakistani girl who is also on the run, with whose help Salma finally forges a new identity. But just as things settle, the need to return for her lost daughter overwhelms her, and one fateful day, Salma risks everything to go back and find her.

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ISBN-13: 9780802170408
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2007
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 510,544
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Cry of the Dove 1.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so confusing, it jumps around without any consistency. I really wanted to love this book but I just could not take the scattered storyline. Please check this out from the library...if you must.
pjpick More than 1 year ago
As much as I would like to know Salma's story I just couldn't abide by the way it was being told--so much jumping around! I don't mind stories that jump from time frame to time frame but this one did it every two to three paragraphs. After thirty or so pages of this technique I did not think I would be able to tolerate it for 300+ pages, so alas, I'll never know Salma's fate. (Loved the cover though, it was absolutely beautiful!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
most depressing book i have ever had the misfortune of buying/reading. what a waste of money. the plotline was ridiculous. *shudder* the only way i'd ever read it again would be if i got paid a huge sum of money. if you have to read it, hide the kitchen knives!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat puzzled by the ending of Faqir's book, The Cry of the Dove. The novel began as a magnificent story about a young girl from a traditional Arab/Islamic family and her escape from Jordan after she becomes pregnant out of wedlock. The story captures the girl's extreme sense of exile and alienation in her adopted country of Great Britain. Faqir's narrative is beautifully written and makes interesting use of flashbacks and dreams. However, the ending of the novel seems to be written in a completely different style and takes a completely different turn. It almost seems that the author hastily put together an ending for this story. This may partly be explained by the fact that the author's note in the book indicates that she began writing this novel several years ago, put it down, and returned to it much later. Unfortunately the shabby ending reflects the time gap in completing the novel and the author's apparent lack of interest in her own story after so much time had passed. Skip this book entirely, or read it without finishing the ending, and pick up Faqir's superior earlier novel, Pillars of Salt, also set in Jordan and also about the lives of Arab/Islamic women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
everything that happened to salma (the main chracter) was horrible and depressing. the poor girl could not catch a break. just when you thought things were going to look up, they didn't. i finished the book only because i hate not finishing books i start but, otherwise i would have stopped reading it. not worth the money. if you must read it, check it out of the library.