Women of Sand and Myrrh: A Novel by Hanan al-Shaykh
A powerful and moving novel, by the Arab worlds leading woman novelist, about four women coping with the insular, oppressive society of an unnamed desert state.
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About the Author
Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short story collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops; the novels One Thousand and One Nights, The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues, and Only in London; and a memoir about her mother, The Locust and the Bird. She was raised in Beirut, educated in Cairo, and lives in London.
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Beautifully written, moving character sketch of four women whose growth is stunted. One could easily blame the Middle Eastern culture (I assumed the country they were in was Saudi Arabia), yet one of the women, shallow and aimless, is American and in fact wants to stay in [Saudi Arabia] when her American husband is to return to the U.S. because she enjoys the servants,affluent lifestyle and attention of Arab men starved for a sexually liberated female. I enjoyed the book because of the credibility and skill with which the different characters were portrayed and also because the book was a window for me into life in an Arab culture (about which I know very little). One conclusion I drew was that the more human beings try to repress sexuality, the more driving a force it becomes. Certainly in this puritanical country where the sight of a leg, arm, unveiled face is forbidden, sex nevertheless dominates the interaction between men and women. I say 'human beings' because this book has a universality which transcends time and place. It deserves wider appreciation.