- File Size: 605 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publication Date: January 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007333O5K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Humeirah Kindle Edition
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This book takes you to a roller coaster ride, same way it is not for everyone, only restricted to those who dare. It will tremble you in a way that will displace every piece in you and can turn you upside down. If you are lucky to get hold of it with a right kind of perception then it has the power to change the way you thought before, instantly. It will provide you with the evidence that most of the things we do in our lives, we do them for wrong reasons and expect totally different outcomes. It also suggests that no matter how hard one strives, can't make others happy, all one can do is when someone is happy, just let one be. And this mere simple act of letting someone be what he or she wants to be seems hard. Humeirah has the power to create a ripple in an enormous sea of ignorance. It doesn't suggest the wholesale rejection but rather we be open to redefining our assumptions.
Later the wisdom comes to play its part, the same role as litmus paper does showing the transient nature of almost everything we experience and creates a painful incite to create and leave behind something greater than life. It is a painful process and the author has been successful to greater extent in beginning it, I wish her far more success!
Humeirah is a story about an intellectual and passionate woman who is greatly misunderstood by all those who surround her. Forced into a marriage with a man whom she does not love, she finds solace in her own thoughts and in solitude. Despite the abuses and the tragedies she undergoes, Humeirah stands her ground. However this becomes the cause of more disparity among Humeirah and the people around her. The story deals with contemporary issues and has much social commentary and criticism.
The style in which the book is written is to the point, and filled with emotion. Even though the book is one of fiction, the connection between the writer and the characters is very real. The flow seemed staggered at the beginning, but as I read on, it all fell into place.
I finished the book satisfied, but somewhat heavy hearted as the book brought about many issues that surround the modern woman. The book also brought to light the various types of abuses that human beings are subjected to. We are more familiar with the sort of pain that is caused by physical harm. In the story however, the writer educates us on other forms of abuses: for example, emotional and verbal ones and goes on to show how people are often unaware of the suffering that such victims experience. It is also learnt that loneliness can also be form of abuse.
I would recommend this book to people who want something intense and vivid to read. It is not for the faint-hearted or the highly emotional.
The struggle against the forces that suppress the human potentials for individuation is manifested in the novel through the protagonist's rumination on daily occurrences that represent the various facets of social convention. Humeirah questioned even the validity of programmatic emancipatory acts such as the woman movements (or any collective will for that matter). "People who are united seek things in common. They seek to homogenize values, standardize conceptions of good and bad". Humeirah reveals the darker side of collective act in which emancipation itself involves a degree of oppression, of introducing limit to one's desire as demanded by collective act. It invokes a questioning of democracy, when Humeirah passingly remarks that numbers produce the effect of truth, which implies that social life is not governed by Truth but rather is determined by the effect of truth produced through consensus. We are reminded of Aristotle's pessimism towards democracy due to its reliance on consensus and numbers; it is a system that takes into account the opinions and demands of those who are ignorant. It is a lifestyle where, to paraphrase Chomsky, consent is manufactured.
The novel is punctuated by such questionings of inherited wisdoms around which the general ideals of life and living are formed. Humeirah deprives her daughter of maternal intimacy "out of kindness, out of the mere desire not to use that child for her own pleasure." She contended that Karma is a "convenient philosophy" in which reason is the tool to humble the subject into guilt. Similarly, god is understood simply as an idea to help make life easier and thus begets mediocrity and complacency instead of encouraging a sustained search for truth and meaning.
Laden with philosophical insights and existential drives, Humeirah demands us to reflect on the cruelty of norms that is foundation of our desires, intentions and actions as social beings. It reminds us of the strength and resolution required in order for us to live a truthful and meaningful life. And for Humeirah this strength emerges and blooms without end in the solitude of thinking and melancholy of understanding.