- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Vox Humana Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9657504007
- ISBN-13: 978-9657504000
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,316,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stealing Fatima's Hand Paperback – February 1, 2010
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This is a fearlessly honest book focussing on the many things she didn't like. In which other book can one find mention of the unique- and to a westerner, insane- positioning of Moroccan traffic lights?
Unlike other authors who dutifully trot out details of ancient history, Ms. Theriault only dips into the past in the last 20 pages to help underline her negative response to Moroccans. (There is no report of any "social" contact with them.)
She manages to dilute her aversion to this foreign culture somewhat with the buffoonery of her literary style/persona (her real self?), and her rant works to a certain extent due to her powers of observation, but her distaste for their way of life keeps her from entering in any meaningful way into Moroccan reality. She does admit, however, that she did like the weather, the bread and the greasy doughnuts.
The story focuses on the journey of a young woman who decides to leave her comfortable life and travel to Morocco. She wants to experience new things and is lured by the need for adventure and excitement. She seems to get more than she bargains for and the reader will see how she adapts to such a widely different place and culture. You will enjoy joining Carolyn on her journey and you will also finish the novel with a deeper understanding of life in Morocco both good and bad.
I liked the premise of this book because, I have thought of chucking it all and just starting over somewhere else - start a clean slate and maybe, in the process make some extra money. So, I absolutely understand Carolyn's view of wanting to do something else - something both kind of exciting and far, far away from your everyday problems.
However, geographical cures never work and Carolyn soon learns this. Although she leaves some problems behind, she certainly finds more - especially in a place such as Morocco where she does not understand the language, the customs or anything much else for that matter.
This "travel" fest is very different from what you are use to. Unlike other books that write of only the "beautiful" side of the country they are in, Carolyn manages to write about it all and even manages to make some of it funny, some of it thoughtful and some of it just plain weird.
I liked her pace and I liked her writing - this was an interesting and informative book and, as always, I am appreciative of an author who writes honestly about their experiences.
As for the title, not too crazy about that, but otherwise great read.
I specifically enjoyed this book because it was an honest look at the difficulties travel in foreign countries. The author also has a great way of telling the story with her own humor added in the mix. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading a good memoir.
This book generally trashed just about everything in Morocco, using flip and vulgar language, in a "lively" style more suitable for blog postings. In fact, I found the book sufficiently offensive to delete it before I was half finished. Maybe she turned it around before the end of the book, but I had had enough.
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I love this book - such a great travelogue and slice-of-life account of the author's adventures and misadventures in Morocco and environs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Susan Macaulay
I very much enjoyed the interesting and somehow comforting repetition of the writing. It was almost like poetry or a song with all the repeating verses. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by J. Collins
This was one of the few books that I have ever been so disgusted with that I put it down and will never finish it. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Mary A. Harsh
The name `Stealing Fatima's Hand', as well as the cover, caught my eye. And if you don't know who Fatima is, or how her hand gets stolen, you'll learn - and you'll learn oh so... Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by S. Freeman