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Before She Sleeps de Bina Shah
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Before She Sleeps (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Bina Shah (Autor)

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In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of South West Asia, gender selection, war and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and women must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible. Yet there are women who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night, to provide to the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity that nobody can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment. This dystopian novel from one of Pakistan's most talented writers is a modern-day parable, The Handmaid's Tale about women's lives in repressive Muslim countries everywhere. It takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion and veiling, gender selection, and control over women's bodies, amplifies and distorts them in a truly terrifying way to imagine a world of post-religious authoritarianism.… (més)
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Títol:Before She Sleeps
Autors:Bina Shah (Autor)
Informació:Delphinium (2018), 256 pages
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Name: Before She Sleeps
Author: Bina Shah
Genre: Dystopian, Satire, Future,
Rating: 4.9/5

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Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah is a satire on the present patriarchal society and the future it is heading towards. She writes about a future world that is not so far away, yet not so close. It can be considered a South Asian contemporary of The Handmaid Tale by Margaret Atwood.

This book is set in a dystopian future, where most the countries are destroyed by wars and climatic changes. The number of women has gone very low due to wars, violence and a virus, which killed a large portion of female population. To raise the number of female ratio, women are forced to take several men as husbands.

In Green City, women are seen as nothing more than reproductive machine, they are forced to go through several hormonal test and fertility test to increase their reproductive health. Bearing more children is the easiest way for poor families to climb their way into the middle class. This reminds me of the women under the Nazi rule, who were too seen in a similar way. Even in this oppressive authoritarian rule, there are some women, who refuse to be a part of this system. They are forced to hide underground, away from the oppressive system. At night, they provide a service which is now something one cannot buy, intimacy without sex.

The story is told from multiple perspective, from Sabine, Lin, Rupa to Robert Faro. Each character is so well developed, having their backstory. Each character is from a different background and had a different life, but what bound them together was their pain, they were all victim of this authoritarian government. The writing style was good and engaging. It took me some time to get into the story, but when I did, I was lost in the world of Green City. The ending was not something I expected, it left a bittersweet feeling with me and left me wondering if there will a sequel of this story.

For Further Reading:
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ( )
  Fatima_Anwar | Dec 6, 2020 |
Diese Dystopie führt uns nach Green City, die Hauptstadt von Südwest-Asien. Auf den ersten Blick sieht alles paradiesisch aus, aber die Wirklichkeit ist anders. Das Verhältnis von Männern und Frauen ist nicht ausgewogen. Krieg und vorgeburtliche Geschlechtsauswahl haben die Anzahl Frauen gesenkt und nun gibt es auch noch einen Virus, der für Frauen tödlich ist. Daher wurde diese Metropole errichtet, in der die Frauen zu Gebärmaschinen für Männer werden. Für das Leben in dieser Stadt gibt es eine Menge Regeln und strenge staatliche Kontrollen. Es darf keine persönlichen Beziehungen zwischen Männern und Frauen geben, aber einige Frauen widersetzen sich diesem System. Sie bieten spezielle Dienste an: Intimität ohne Sex. Sollten sie entdeckt werden, droht ihnen die Todesstrafe.
Es ist eine düstere Geschichte, die sich mit der bestimmenden Dominanz von Männern über Frauen beschäftigt. Auch wenn es sich um eine Dystopie handelt, so braucht man sich nur in der Welt umzuschauen und wird feststellen, dass es doch sehr realistisch ist.
Der Schreibstil ist sehr gut zu lesen. Die Spannung, die anfangs noch da war, ging aber leider im Laufe der Geschichte etwas verloren.
Es sind menschenunwürdige Zustände, welche die Frau hier hinnehmen sollen. Menschen sind keine Maschinen, sie haben Gefühle und Wünsche. Sie wollen entscheiden und nicht nur blind folgen.
Werden die Frauen mit ihrem Widerstand Erfolg haben? Oder werden es wieder die Männer sein, die bestimmen, wo es lang geht?
Das Buch ist erschreckend und macht nachdenklich. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Jun 16, 2019 |
There is not one dystopian novel I have read and did not like/love. That’s because I read reviews before I choose to read one. Before she sleeps did not disappoint. It is said to be an answer to the handmaids tale and rightly so, it is that good.
This is my fourth novel of the writer that I have read. She has come a long way loosening up as regards to her rendition of romantic and sexual topics.
The relationships, interactions and encounters between various characters are dealt with satisfyingly as is the tense atmosphere of the city and the workings of the government. Right amount of info glue us to the book till the end. It is an important work of fiction for me as it is based in South west Asia around the late 21 st century where wars have destroyed the land and autonomous governments have emerged. Life in the Green city is strictly regimented and the roles of men and women are reduced to one dimension. Indulging in the worlds of dystopian novels gives me a thrill and open my mind to a lot of ‘what ifs’. I wondered what happened to the population that is steeped in poverty. Did the wars wipe them off the face of the earth or they got absorbed by the mainstream cities? Are 50 plus years enough to change their destiny for the better?she is not
The characters were believable at the same time fascinating, and the plot riveting. The twists kept coming in the novel keeping me absorbed in the book. I would read her next book. ( )
  sidiki | May 31, 2019 |
Quite a good read and interesting contribution to the feminist dystopian genre. ( )
  bhowell | Feb 4, 2019 |
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In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of South West Asia, gender selection, war and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and women must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible. Yet there are women who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night, to provide to the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity that nobody can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment. This dystopian novel from one of Pakistan's most talented writers is a modern-day parable, The Handmaid's Tale about women's lives in repressive Muslim countries everywhere. It takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion and veiling, gender selection, and control over women's bodies, amplifies and distorts them in a truly terrifying way to imagine a world of post-religious authoritarianism.

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