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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books, (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863564275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863564277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,325,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tod Brilliant on November 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I don't do reviews. I spout reactions. And my reaction to this book is, 'Dear god how little I know about so much.' That's it. That's my reaction. And, unfortunately, there are no other reviews at this time for this reaction to hide among. It's naked and slightly ashamed for its brevity of content and content. But I hope you grok the meaning found in this slice. Do you not want a book to leave you questioning? To leave you talking to yourself and questioning lessons you thought you'd learned? Sure you do...or you wouldn't be on this page, reading this review. You'd be reading Sarah Palin's memoir or some $4 yoga journal filled with advertising for the hyperconsumptive housewife. This is a book about (partially) self-discovery that leads to same. It's cheap. Just buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on June 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up a few hours ago. I was off to a cafe to read a series of documents on the Middle East, and stopped off at the local book shop and put my eyes on Joumana's manuscript for life. I am an avid, but slow reader. Books I have read in one go are countable. This is one of them.

I think that if you have an interest in "life's affairs" this book is just the book for you. Although, the book's title (and cover's comments) suggest the book will be about how Arab women are portrayed in the West: it does not. It does much more than this. It portrays how a stereotypical mind may indeed look at Arab women, or women in general, or at the nonsense male dominating regimes that hold people back, and I say people as I think Haddad would agree males are also holding males back: through their lack of leadership and fair governance. At no point would the male reader be offended, by the authors words (perhaps by your own actions depending on your openness to reflect), as the author acknowledges a need to look at a person for who they are, not for which gender they are.

Here are some of my favorite quotes that made me think/shocked my mind momentarily in positive ways:

"In short: we are talented at being our own worst enemy." (31)

"Yet even the most fertile of soils wouldn't grow a tree if a seed was not planted in it." (35)

"Patriotism puts you in a constant state of denial." (59)

"A friend once asked me: `What is your favorite place in the world?' . . . me". (60)

"Some Arabs speak of the virtuous mission of literature, while denying writers freedom of expression. Is there a more whorish act than depriving and author of her/his words? Let's call things by their names: censorship is an act of RAPE.
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By Kallib on July 19, 2013
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But I felt as if I didn't get the answers what does it mean to be an Arab woman in the Arab world. It felt as if I only saw this woman in or against the system or as a writer but I didn't see her personal life - with her family, friends, enemies, etc.: who she is, what her worries are, who she loves, who she respects and who she spends time with. Just as a human being...

When i tried to define what the Arab woman struggles for, i got to a conclusion that a lot struggles of the Arab woman are universal - they are just in a different level of progress in Arab countries than in Western countries.
And religion - how much trouble and hypocrisy this institution brings to the world! Every religion, everywhere in the world and especially here in the Middle East...
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