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I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman
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I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman [Format Kindle]

Joumana Haddad

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Joumana Haddad is angry about the way Arab women are portrayed in the West. In I Killed Scheherazade she challenges prevalent notions of identity and womanhood in the Middle East and speaks of her own intellectual development and the liberating impact of literature on her life. Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today. 'A vivid assertion of individuality, free speech, free choice and dignity against religious bigotry, prejudice and the herd instinct both within and outside the Arab world, and within and outside Islam' Guardian

'A spirited call to Arab women to stand up' New York Times
'It takes genius to attain such radical freedom.' Etel Adnan

'In this courageous book Joumana Haddad breaks down the taboo of the silent absent Arab woman.' Elfriede Jelinek

'A very courageous and illuminating book about women in the Arab world. It opens our eyes, destroys our prejudices and is very entertaining.'
Mario Vargas Llosa

'Joumana Haddad cannot be intimidated. This book is a lesson of courage for all those who fight to go beyond their own limits and chains.'
Roberto Saviano

'Literature is often a storm that breaks the rules of decorum and forces us to come face to face with our weaknesses and illusions. Joumana Haddad is a poet who inhabits the storm.' Tahar Ben Jelloun

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 150 pages
  • Editeur : Saqi Books (20 août 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I am the dress that my mother refused to buy 11 juin 2011
Par Stephen Pellerine - Publié sur
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." (69)

"I definitely am what you would call a woman `with balls'..." (95)

"Plus, who said that men are women's worst enemy?" (109)

"Plus, if paradise did exist, who'd want to go there, honestly?" (116)

"It is, to me at least, about realizing that all religions are bad (bad for your common sense, bad for your lifestyle, bad for your ability to choose, even bad for your health!)" (117)

"I am the dress that my mother refused to buy for herself
So as to pay my school fees." (156)

I would like to thank JH for writing such an interesting treatise here on the inner-workings of minds, cultures, societies, and life in general. It would be a great book for open-minded reflective readers whom do not get easily offended, but would perhaps be better in the hands of the opposite.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful book, in all ways. 26 novembre 2010
Par Tod Brilliant - Publié sur
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.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 interesting reading 19 juillet 2013
Par Kallib - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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