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Syrian Brides de Anna Halabi
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Syrian Brides (edició 2019)

de Anna Halabi (Autor)

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This delightful collection of short stories offers insight into the lives of Syrian women, both the married and the brides-to-be. It reveals the warmth and humor as well as the oppression in the Syrian society. The stories make the reader laugh while addressing serious issues such as domestic violence.Um Hussam can't find a suitable bride for her son, testing each candidate's sight, hearing and reading skills, occasionally cobbing a feel. Jamila's husband Hassan can't forget his deceased wife, until she makes sure he never mentions her again. Rami can't help but wonder whether his new bride is a natural beauty or a talented surgeon's masterpiece. Khadija's maid stabs her in the back while Rana's husband Muafak can't find the right excuse to avoid a fight.… (més)
Membre:EthanRogers
Títol:Syrian Brides
Autors:Anna Halabi (Autor)
Informació:Petra Books (2019), Edition: 2nd ed., 172 pages
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First a big thank you to Anna Halabi for sending a free copy of her book for me to read and review. This is a hidden little gem of a book. It’s made up of 14 short stories, and each one has it’s own specific message, almost like a life lesson.
I admit I do not know much else the Syrian culture so I was not sure what to expect. I was hooked after the first story. The writing flowed smoothly throughout and even with my limited knowledge, I had no trouble understanding the moral of each story. quite a few were written with a sense of humor and I even laughed out loud more than once. Of course some of the stories weren’t so funny, especially in regards to the man’s treatment of the woman.
Without giving away too much about the stories, what I loved most was how many of the women came out on top without the man even suspecting that he had been played.
The author’s note states that the stories were based on experiences of herself, her family and her friends. This makes me appreciate the stories even more. Some of the topics are serious and even with the lighthearted approach, Ms. Halabi manages to not let the reader forget that these situations do occur and the outcome is not always pleasant.
Ms. Halabi has a talent for storytelling and her ability to grab the readers attention quickly without any theatrics is amazing. I hope to read more from her. I highly recommend this book if you have a chance to read it. I could definitely see this being a great summer/beach read. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
This was a very interesting collection of short stories. A lot of these stories could be about any woman, anywhere. Others show just how oppressed Syrian woman are. They run the gamut from funny to ludicrous to sad. All in all, a really good collection.
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it. ( )
  KathyC200 | Mar 22, 2020 |
Thanks to The Review Crew for my complimentary review copy.

I chose this book because of the genre and setting. Short stories are brief, yet comprehensive; and I enjoy world literature because it gives me a glimpse into another culture.

This group of fourteen distinct short stories vividly depicted everyday life in Syria. As evidenced by the title, the focus is on women : their feelings and struggles to meet the expectations of their husbands and society. Although brief, each story provides a life lesson in an entertaining, non-preachy style. The genres varied. Some were comedy, while others were drama.

The relevant quotes/proverbs at the end of each story were a nice touch. However, it would have been immensely helpful to have translations in footnotes, if not within the prose. Having to constantly scroll to the endnotes was irritating, inconvenient, and broke the rhythm of the story. Sometimes, I didn't even bother and tried to deceipher the meaning from the context and/or memory.

Overall, I enjoyed the stories and would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. ( )
  kulmona | Feb 24, 2020 |
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These bite size tales of relationships in Syria make one realize love and it's potential burdens are universal. From convincing a partner you need more material items to make you feel better, to buying a wedding dress from the ex-wife of your fiancé these stories showed the power of relationships. Between spouses, and most importantly women. I enjoyed how most of these stories had a twist at the end making me wish some of them were longer.
  LoTanz | Sep 17, 2019 |
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This is an entertaining book. I felt that some of the stories were light on characterization and dramatic tension, but a few were particularly fun. The publisher's description says that these books are inspired by traditional folktales, and I could see this while I was reading them. In most of the stories, people are going about their daily business when something incredible (and usually whimsical) happens, and the characters have to deal with the usually amusing consequences. ( )
  EthanRogers | Sep 17, 2019 |
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This delightful collection of short stories offers insight into the lives of Syrian women, both the married and the brides-to-be. It reveals the warmth and humor as well as the oppression in the Syrian society. The stories make the reader laugh while addressing serious issues such as domestic violence.Um Hussam can't find a suitable bride for her son, testing each candidate's sight, hearing and reading skills, occasionally cobbing a feel. Jamila's husband Hassan can't forget his deceased wife, until she makes sure he never mentions her again. Rami can't help but wonder whether his new bride is a natural beauty or a talented surgeon's masterpiece. Khadija's maid stabs her in the back while Rana's husband Muafak can't find the right excuse to avoid a fight.

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