The Cry of the Dove: A Novel (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 2007
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Years ago, Salma violated the laws of her Bedouin village by becoming pregnant out of wedlock; she was imprisoned to protect her from the villagers’ wrath as they sought to restore their honour and her baby girl was taken from her.
Now, escaped from her prison and living in exile in England, Salma tries to forge a new life for herself. But she is torn between the permissive, often racist Western culture and her tribal Muslim upbringing. Salma’s past and the cries of her lost child still haunt her, so risking everything, she returns to her village in a desperate attempt to save her daughter.
Moving with lyrical grace between the Levant’s olive groves and England’s rain-slicked streets, The Cry of the Dove is a searing novel of love, violated honour and a woman’s courage. Fadia Faqir depicts, with passion and humour, the reality of life for women living under oppression—whatever form that oppression might take.
Biographie de l'auteur
FADIA FAQIR is a Jordanian-British writer. She is the author of two other novels, Nisanit and Pillars of Salt. Brought up in Amman, Jordan, she lives with her husband in Durham, England. Visit her online atwww.fadiafaqir.com.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché.
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This novel continues Faqir's theme of womens' lack of power in the face of the male establishment, specifically, male relatives. The author clearly follows the themes of immigration, empowerment, personal power and cultural tradition. Pillars of Salt is, I believe, more powerfully and skillfully written. But The Cry of the Dove tackles the harsh realities of a woman who cannot escape her past and the damage it has done to her.
All this is conveyed in outline in the first few chapters of the book, whose short sections read like picking through a pile of picture postcards spanning twenty years and two continents. Many of the descriptions are moving and effective, lyrical and stark by turns, and the jumping around in time should be familiar to all but the most literal readers. The real problem of the book is the lack of a consistent voice for Salma herself. Partly, this is a matter of language. We see Salma struggling to learn her first words of English; we see her later with enough knowledge to take an Open University course in literature; but the book is very vague about what happens to her in the middle. The flowing language of the first-person narrative clashes with the elementary mistakes that Salma makes in speaking, giving us little sense of her painful progress from one tongue to another.
In terms of factual description, though, the account of Salma's years in Exeter working as a seamstress and barmaid does have a certain grim realism, but it is rather stagnant. By contrast, Salma's memories of her early life begin to seem too impossibly idyllic, and she takes to romanticizing her future in a series of make-believe letters to various unreachable recipients, inventing a wish-fulfillment version of her life. The things that presumably really do happen in the last few chapters are scarcely more believable, unprepared and coming out of nowhere. And the very end of the book is like a slap in the face of the reader.
This is one of a number of recent novels dealing with the situation of Islamic immigrant women in Britain and the irresistible pull of the home country; some are even listed among the suggestions for further reading at the back of the book. In my personal order of preference, I would cite THE TRANSLATOR by Leila Aboulela, SWEETNESS IN THE BELLY by Camilla Gibb, THE SAFFRON KITCHEN by Yasmin Crowther, and BRICK LANE by Monica Ali. Despite its many incidental pleasures, I am not convinced that THE CRY OF THE DOVE adds enough to works like these to make it worth buying.
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