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Against the Loveless World (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Susan Abulhawa

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9710225,730 (4.35)14
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Teoksen nimi:Against the Loveless World
Kirjailijat:Susan Abulhawa
Info:Atria Books, Kindle Edition, 384 pages
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The daughter of Palestinian refugees, Nahr grows up in Kuwait with her widowed mother, brilliant younger brother, and grandmother. As a Palestinian, she is not treated equally, eventually migrating to Amman, Jordan. A bad marriage forces Nahr into prostitution to provide for her family, especially her younger brother's dream to be a doctor. When Nahr returns to Palestine to finally divorce her husband, she is adopted by his brother and mother. Witnessing the effects of Israeli settlements on her people, Nahr becomes involved in active resistance activities, eventually landing her in an Israeli prison. The novel is divided into sections, with each beginning with a story of Nahr's isolation or interaction in the Cube, followed by the backstory of her life before imprisonment. I liked the novel better at the end when I understood how she ended there. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Realistic fiction about the stark reality of life in Palestine for women. It is heart wrenching and completely unpredictable. I struggled keeping the characters straight and the audio had quite a few breaks and voiceovers which took away from the story. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 12, 2021 |
I received a complimentary digital copy of this arc book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

As Nahr sits in solitary confinement in the Cube, she reflects on the events leading up to her arrest. She was born in Kuwait in 1970’s to Palestinian refugees. After a brief marriage to an abusive, philandering man she resorts to prostitution as a means of survival from poverty. Due to the US invasion of Iraq she is labeled a refugee and sent to Palestine.

She had hoped her marriage to Mohammad would ensure financial security for her family. Ultimately he resumes a relationship with his old girlfriend, Tamara in Palestine. Nahr attempts to support herself with her retail clerk job and eyebrow threading. After she is persuaded by Jumana to work for her, Nahr is able to pay for her younger brother Jehad to go to university.

Nahr, whose birth name is Yaqoot, assumes the name Almas while working with the Muslim men. She denounced her birth name as her father had given her that name which was the name of his mistress at the time. She soon relies on Um Buaq who becomes her protector and an influential person in her life. Nahr eventually finds comfort and refuge within his family.

This is a touching story filled with how life can present difficult decisions and the consequences of the decisions made. There is a glossary at the end of the book which is very helpful for explaining the many Arabic terms used through the book. This culture finds tremendous meaning in food as elaborate ceremonial meals are described as a way of life for families. It’s a bittersweet story of live, life, survival and friendship during a time of political unrest where people are fighting for justice with desperate determination. ( )
  marquis784 | Feb 1, 2021 |
Against the Loveless World
Susan Abulhawa
2020
E-book thru NetGalley

When we first meet Yaqoot she is in a room she refers to as The Cube. It is located in an Israeli prison. How this Palestinian born woman, raised in a Kuwaiti ghetto for Palestinian refugees came to be in solitary confinement and shackled to a wall for a portion of her day came to be, is told to the reader through Yaqoot reading her memoir to a journalist.

For many years, she felt at home in Kuwait and where she enjoyed a somewhat middle class existence with her family.
Political upheaval completely changed her life and took her to places she'd prefer not to have been but as the eldest child in a fatherless family she assumed the burden of caring for her mother, grandmother and brother.

Her short, loveless marriage only steeled her resolve to continue to live life as a single woman and care for her family, now refugees in Amman

When she is at last free to return to her birthplace, she is pleased with Palestine's lush landscape and spaciousness. However, there is trouble afoot and her former husband's family is at the heart of it.

Yaqoot's story is a sad one, filled with contradictions and oppression. Yet, the reader wants her to find happiness and a permanent home. The author's writing technique encompasses all styles making it a very readable and thought provoking novel which will surely ignite conversation making it great for book clubs.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read this net galley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Carmenere | Dec 6, 2020 |
Against the Loveless World is exactly the kind of thought-provoking novel that I like...

A novel narrated by a Palestinian woman detained on terrorism charges... in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison for 17 years... is a novel almost guaranteed to be thought-provoking because it raises all the confronting issues that have bedevilled the Middle East for so long.

Susan Abulhawa (author of Mornings in Jenin) personalises this political story with a mother-daughter relationship, an examination of women's role in a patriarchal society and a tentative love story. Nahr's Palestinian mother and grandmother are 'experienced refugees' who cope with expulsion from Kuwait when the Americans liberate it from Iraq. For Nahr who had embraced Kuwait as the only home she'd known, displacement came as a shock. The realities of her Palestinian identity transform her from a rather shallow young woman into an activist, and then more than that.

Within the cell she has endless time for thinking, and she reflects on the choices she made: a naïve marriage made partly to upstage her best friend in status; friendship with a man-hating brothel-keeper; risk-taking behaviour with men and a tarnished reputation. But she also became provider for the family; enabled her brother to have choices that she never had; and learned to use discretion which turned out to be a very useful skill indeed. She mulls over her angst-ridden relationship with her mother and grandmother, but comes to respect both of them.

Over the course of the book, Nahr's abusive and conflicted relationships become a metaphor for the Arab-Israeli conflict: she has no choice but to deal with oppression, hypocrisy, occupation, exploitation, an inequitable legal and social system and the undervaluing of Palestinian traditions. She copes by rejecting conformity: the only way to tilt the scales a little is to behave in a way that 'respectable' women do not, because 'respectability' gets her nowhere.

Book groups, I suspect, will inevitably discuss the extent to which the human story of Nahr is a vehicle to tell the Palestinian story.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2020/12/02/against-the-loveless-world-by-susan-abulhawa... ( )
  anzlitlovers | Dec 2, 2020 |
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