Road to Medina

Road to Medina

by Alaa Alghamdi


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Road to Medina by Alaa Alghamdi

Twenty-two-year-old Maryam, a Saudi woman living comfortably with her parents in Medina, is old enough to get married and old enough to get a job. She is also old enough to pursue postgraduate studies in English in Leeds in the United Kingdom-but that option fuels her dilemma.
Her hesitation to study abroad stems from the fact she is a devout and traditional woman, deeply dedicated to her Muslim faith. She is initially ambivalent about leaving the world she has always known. Even so, encouraged by her mother, an academic who also studied and lived in the West, she ventures to this new place and encounters both enriching experiences and a sense of displacement. What's more, her sojourn in the West leads to a new set of decisions to be made.
A story of contemporary women's fiction, Road to Medina follows Maryam from the age of twenty-two, when she is deciding to apply to study in Leeds, to her eventual return to Saudi Arabia several years later.

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ISBN-13: 9781491725634
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/26/2014
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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Road to Medina 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
postgraduate studies abroad. Her affluent parents are willing to provide her with everything she needs, home or abroad. She finally makes up her mind to study at Leeds University in the UK. Maryam's character undergoes significant change, given into consideration her religious background and her conservative society. Her self-awareness and her attitude mature as she ventures into a totally new life style and encounters life changing experiences. Personally, I enjoyed the novel and read it cover-to-cover in just one evening and found it incredibly engaging. I liked the way the plot branches into multiple storylines, namely those of Wilson and Rasha. I particularly liked the sophisticated language, where towards the end, it tended to be poetical and inspiring.