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eBook Holy Woman epub

by Qaisra Shahraz

eBook Holy Woman epub
  • ISBN: 1905147635
  • Author: Qaisra Shahraz
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Women's Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books Ltd (August 2, 2007)
  • Pages: 560 pages
  • ePUB size: 1742 kb
  • FB2 size 1854 kb
  • Formats lit lrf rtf doc

A powerful saga of love and family politics.
Comments: (7)
Full of double adjectives and eye contact, I didn't believe in any of the characters and - though here I will admit that this might just be my non-understanding of the culture - I didn't think the story-line had any realism. Do people really behave like this? I have to say that I did read it to the end, mainly because for the first two-thirds I was on a very boring car journey and had nothing else to do and the last third because I was interested in how it was all going to be resolved. I won't give it away here, but my guess was right!
The book is easy to read. It shows a different (to western standards) world and deals with the issue of women rights in a very light way. The plot starts very exiting, but it becomes predictable in the end. The characters of the story are becoming more and more stereotype. To sum it up: a book for a summer vacation.
Nice book well written
What i liked best was the understanding of traditions like holy women concept which was well delineated
Good read
Though sitting in an air-conditioned room, I could feel the heat of the desert when the then mysterious man stole his first glance of Zarri Bano. While reading further, I often caught myself having not exhaled for some time – the descriptions of everything from the food to the living spaces to the clothing to the people themselves made me shocked when I looked up and realized they were not in the room with me. The writing in The Holy Woman conveys such clear images with such a pace that reading is like being in the presence of the characters in their world.
The main female characters are strength incarnate. Each in her own way has been dealt an unexpected had either by society and its expectations or by cruel twists of fate. In her own time, each woman manages to find a place within to question how best to respond to the challenge. Some do it immediately with a dignity and grace to be emulated; others take decades to overcome their anguish. I especially loved Zarri Bano, admiring her ability to authentically manage her challenges in life, and to do so without a trace of bitterness. I was especially moved by the way she realized that with her background and support and new status as a Holy Woman, she could educate and help so many women. Far from locking herself away from the world, she was able to give more than she would have with her original life plan. She took what could have been crushing and turned it into a victory for herself and for other women. Would it not be wonderful if we could all do that in our own way?
So many painful truths are revealed in the dialogues, but reading them and knowing their applicability to any time and any place made me feel that some truths are truly universal, and suffering, love, and confusion are all a part of the human emotional landscape, and we will face them at some point – hopefully with dignity and an eye toward making lemonade out of those lemons. Spending time with the characters of The Holy Woman will make you sad to turn the last page of the book – but luckily there are at least two more novels, Typhoon and Revolt, to savor as well!
It's an easy-and fast - read. For a westerner it's quite interesting concerning the woman in a near-traditional muslim culture. however the characters are a it cartoon- like and the end quite predictable.
Trite and predictable 'love' story that paints Islam in a VERY bad light. While Qaisra admits that the story is COMPLETE fiction (there is not concept of "Holy Woman" in Islam), many readers might take this fiction as being a part of Islam.

My second complaint is the portray of a weak woman who gives up a promising professional career and, time-after-time, bows to the patriarchy and does what the MEN in the story want/compel her to do. She is the female ping-pong ball to the patriarchal paddle. Not a good roll model for young readers (male and female).

My third complaint is on a technical note: One cruses UP the Nile from Cairo to Luxor (beginning of Ch 38). Also, Muslims do NOT use Rosary beads, Catholics do! (Ch 64, pg 357 in my copy) To me this shows a lack of research and a questionable knowledge of Islam.

One can only guess as to why this book is used in in 'Western' schools: Could it be that the book is yet another attempt to discredit Islam, while wrapped up in a love story?
Qaisra Shahraz takes us on a compelling and unforgettable journey of richly drawn characters caught up in the heartbreaking consequences of the invocation of an ancient and obscure patriarchal tradition. She has treated this sensitive and complex subject with great finesse and subtlety, and the result is a captivating story which offers a rare and balanced glimpse into modern-day Pakistani society. All the characters hold our rapt attention, but the heroine, Zarri Bano, is particularly captivating. This book was hard to put down.
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