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Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), an Arabic-speaking Jew from Algeria, father of Deconstruction, would love this book. He taught that to begin Deconstruction, we must strive for "peaceful coexistence" of opposing concepts, which in Western thought, are usually in "violent hierarchical" relation to each other.
First, we have to break the link between the two concepts. Second, we have to keep the old concepts apart so they don't re-establish their former hierarchy. Third, we have to create some new ways to understand the old concepts; develop unique new languages which do not fit in either of the prior oppositional corners. But there can be no "synthesis." We must understand and interpret the differences.
I note that 'A Deconstructed Heart' is on a list of "Desi Chick Lit." I don't want to disparage "Chick Lit," but this book is an existential triumph - much deeper and dimensional than what we usually associate with the genre.
This wonderful book by Ashraf-Ahmed shows us first hand, the opposing concepts of Western and Eastern ways of speaking, living, being, and what happens during that painful period of adjustment when the new language is still forming. Not incidentally, her language to describe the coexistence is wise and careful. She handles her characters gently with love and compassion.Read more ›
The story about an uncle and a niece , who each experience heartbreak and who make the journey towards psychological healing. I strongly recommend this.
Later, after a long marriage and tragedies, they part, which is the opening of the book.
With a touch of obstinate madness and magical realism, and help from a host of helpers, not the least of which is his niece, Amal, Mirza gradually recaptures his life... not the life he had previously, but the new life that "know[s] what loss is." A Deconstructed Heart is a beautiful and rich human story. There is no intricate plot or shocking reveal in this book--it is simply and wonderfully a tale of people living the lives that they are given.
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Let me start by saying that I loved A Deconstructed Heart! It was a sweetly poetic, easy read. Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed's writing style has a soothing, melodic quality that invites... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Susan Barton, Reviewer
This novella explores the lives of several Indians living in suburban England. Mirza Chaudry develops a quirky habit of living in his back yard after his wife leaves him; his... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by KayDee
This author is amazing in the way she poetically writes. I very much enjoyed this book. It is rare to see a book so well written today. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Regan Bennett