by Soheir Khashoggi
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much that I wanted to praise the author personally. The only thing that I do not like very much in this book is the way Islam was portrayed, as a very oppressive religion. I am a muslim myself and cover my head, but I don't feel oppressed or socially deprived! The stereotype is very disappointing, whenever Arabs/muslims are written in a fiction novel, they are painted to be cruel. What people don't realize is that, as the westerners have their culture and identity, so do the easterners. Why do we have to change our culture and try to behave in western manners (Don't get me wrong, I think they are wonderful). I loved the book very much. The characters seemed so real. I think a movie should be made on this novel. I highly recommend it to all those peole that want to learn about the mid-east.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't the first book I have read on Islam or Women in the East, but this book has motivated me to look up more on these issues. I have great respect for Amira (Jenna) and it takes a lot of strength to live through it and then be able to write about it. I wish I could contact the author personally.
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Khyron2001 More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. Captivating story line with indepth characters and a very rich and detailed look into middle eastern culture. A story fit for a movie. An absolute page turner that captures your imagination page by page, chapter by chapter. A fan of this book for over a decade. Thanks Ms. Khashoggi for an excellent book and for sharing your talent with the world.
sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
It was very easy to get wrapped up in this story. The author has a gift of making these people believable, full of life, and full of human flaws. The story (and I did say "story", nowhere did I see that this was based on real events, a generalization of religious laws, or a real country) tells of one woman who managed to rise above her own troubled life. Yes, there were quite a few typos, but I can't hold that against the author or the story itself. It always amazes me that the readers that complain the most about typos have more typos in a short paragraph than are contained in the entire book. You can blame spell-checkers and computer editing for that.
Deborah Ross More than 1 year ago
This isa very interesting story, but there are usually several mistakes on each page.....which is very irratating. I dont know how many times the word die is used for the. Many times words run together with no appropriate spaces. Ive also noticed that rather is always separated so it reads rat her. It really annoys me that I paid for this sorry edition. This should have been edited more carefully.
Daneez More than 1 year ago
Excellent read
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the book started out a little slow for me, but picked up the pace as the book went on. It shows some of the hardships an oppressions that women all over the world face, and I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but it's a great story and great read! Amira is a girl growing up in a male dominated country in the Middle East. Women have no rights and the number one rule to live by in order to survive is to obey your husband. After being married off to a prince, Amira leaves her family and her home to live in the royal palace. She has to endure her ruthless husband, who sees her as less than an equal. After a brutal beating at the hands of her husband, Amira slowly finds the courage to escape and creates a new life with her son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was intresting, touching, and all togather great, but It seemed as if the author was trying to disgrace Islam and Muslims. I mean, I'm a Muslim, and I know the laws they have in Islamic countries (Though, thank God! not here in the US!) but I don't see anything wrong with the abaya or veil. It's a sign of modesty, and in todays world, women and girls are too UNmodest. These laws are God-given, but I don't like thinking about them because they're pretty sickning when applied. The way the author wrote this book it makes a person fear Islam, and Islam isn't that kind of religon. It's been bad enough since September 11, the way people are hostile and rude. It wasn't every Muslims fault abut the 9/11 attack. I was angry when Ms. Khashoggi turned Amira into only-Muslim-by-name (even if she was that.) She had sex out of marraige, she didn't cover her head, not to mention her face,-She was basiclly everything a Muslim is NOT supposed to be. It was irrtating and hateful the way Islam was pictured. I was angry, dissapointed and disgusted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What was a little irritating was they way Islam was portrayed. The religion is not that way at all, its very compassionate, but this book illustrates how Islam has become in many regions of the world. I recommend it highly to those who want to know conditions for many women today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a reader or that much into books but this novel got me hooked from the begining and I couldn't put it down. I think the characters are very well portrayed as they come to life while you read the story. I look forward to more from this author. Brilliant work.
LadyVamp More than 1 year ago
Okay read