Zoutpilaren speelt zich af tijdens en na het Britse mandaat in Jordani Twee vrouwen delen een kamer in een psychiatrische kliniek Daar zijn ze gedwongen opgenomen Maha is een jonge, eenvoudige boerin uit de Jordaanvallei De wat oudere Oem Saad komt uit Amman Aanvankelijk zijn er spanningen tussen hen, maar al snel worden zij vriendinnen en vertellen ze elkaar hun levZoutpilaren speelt zich af tijdens en na het Britse mandaat in Jordani Twee vrouwen delen een kamer in een psychiatrische kliniek Daar zijn ze gedwongen opgenomen Maha is een jonge, eenvoudige boerin uit de Jordaanvallei De wat oudere Oem Saad komt uit Amman Aanvankelijk zijn er spanningen tussen hen, maar al snel worden zij vriendinnen en vertellen ze elkaar hun levensverhaal.
Zoutpilaren Zoutpilaren speelt zich af tijdens en na het Britse mandaat in Jordani Twee vrouwen delen een kamer in een psychiatrische kliniek Daar zijn ze gedwongen opgenomen Maha is een jonge eenvoudige boerin

  • Title: Zoutpilaren
  • Author: Fadia Faqir Mark Benninga
  • ISBN: 9789055015337
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. “Stalpi de sare” este cel de-al doilea roman al Fadiei Faqir, care exploreaza povestile a doua femei arabe aflate sub presiunile sociale si religioase ale societatii in care traiesc. Romanul urmareste povestile tragice a celor doua femei care se intalnesc intr-o institutie psihiatrica condusa de englezii aflati in timpul Mandatului din Iordania. Faqir foloseste personajul Maha, o femeie beduina, ca narator a propriei povesti, care, in capitole consecutive asculta povestea de viata a colegei [...]

    2. Oh, how to review this book? I was excited to read this book given that it was a "new international fiction emerging voices" book from Jordan. I love reading authentic voices from non-western countries, especially from the Middle East, where we get too many western voices trying to tell us how women, in particular, there supposedly experience life. And, well, I guess this IS one voice. And it IS a legitimate voice. The truth is that there are a lot of women abused and subjugated by men, especial [...]

    3. Nothing pleases me more in reading than to find something astonishing from a part of the world whose literature I know nothing about, doubly if the writer is a woman, still rare in many places. Fadia Faqir's "Pillars of Salt" is a story from Jordan under and just after the British Mandate. Two women, one a young Bedouin, the other an older resident of Amman, reside in a room in a psychiatric hospital and once they overcome the city dweller's prejudice, tell each other their stories. The Bedouin [...]

    4. A disturbing, haunting story of two women who have very little in common - just their daring to oppose their treatment, and the punishment that follows. Lyrical, intense, and painting a dark image of a country regaining its identity.

    5. Told through the perspective of two women, a young Bedouin living in the Jordan Valley, and a 'city woman' from Amman, as well as a male storyteller, Pillars of Salt is an interesting novel set in Jordan during and right after the British Mandate. I really enjoyed the writting style (a lot more than Fadia Faqir's My Name is Salma), the story and the characters. I particularly enjoyed the use of multiple perspectives, as well the use of the fairy tale technique in the storyteller's perspective. H [...]

    6. Not only a fascinating exploration of the kind of life many arab women face, it was also a page-turning, good read. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get into woman-centric Arab literature, and to those in love with literary criticism. It seems easy on the surface, but this novel is an incredibly complex exploration of truth, lies, and whether we can ever really separate the two.

    7. As far as I am concerned,this novel was one of the best I have read.What I liked most was Fadia Faqir use of code-swithing,particularly lexical borrowing and tranforming from Arabic,as a way of finding a "new English",a language between two languages.This mixed new English seeks to encompass both her new home and ancestral one in order to enable her to participate in both words.

    8. I read this for my Arab American Women Writers class. I don't really remember what the book was about. Something about an Arab woman escaping the clutches of her cruel brother, finding love, losing love, blah blah blah. The usual romantic stuff, except it was in Arabia in the early 20th century.

    9. Маха и Ум Саад /Ханийе/ - Йордания, две жени, две съдби, две х 102 мъки, еднакъв край, който ги събира, колкото и да са различни. Яд ме е, че рядко такива книги имат добър край, но то сякаш и няма как.

    10. Very torn about whether to go with three stars or four stars, though I'm going with four in the hopes that GoodReads may start recommending me books that actually sound interesting. Fadia Faqir (who since this book published has definitely "emerged" onto the literary stage) has written a fascinating book focusing on the lives of two Jordanian women who meet in a mental hospital--though that last is used mostly as a framing device. There were three shifting perspectives: First the male storytelle [...]

    11. Цялото ревю тук > nikoljonnotsnow.wordpress„Стълбове от сол“ разказва историята на две жени, които се срещат при необичайни обстоятелства и споделят съдбите си, понеже това е единственото, което им е останало – спомените за отминалите им животи и нещата, които са имали, но не могат д [...]

    12. Let me start by just stating a fact which is that Fadia Faqir is a brilliant writer. Her style of writing just proves it every single time I read one of her novels. I just love her way of writing and you will know what I am referring to if you have read her books. Every time I read one of her novels, I’m fascinated by her way of writing. This novel and her previous novels tend to focus on women in a way that gives the reader a very clear idea of their lives with utmost amount of details that I [...]

    13. The fiction novel Pillars of Salt by Fadia Faqui is part of series known as the “International fiction emerging voices.” These books focus on sharing stories from countries outside their original borders. Fadia Faqui writes Pillars of Salt to share the live of women in anti-feminist countries. This novel takes place during the 20th century, when the British Mandate was in rule in the Middle East. Within in the book, there are three storytellers. Two of them, Maha and Um Saad, are Muslim wome [...]

    14. While Fadia Faqir’s novel, Pillars of Salt, gives the reader an unsettling view of the over-powering forces of patriarchal control on the women of Jordan, the book also resounds with poignant language and powerful imagery in her Bedouin protagonist, Maha’s narrative. Faqir’s skillful weaving of three different narratives also contributes to the rich fiber of the text. Set in a mental hospital in Jordan, two women from different social classes and cultural circumstances involuntarily share [...]

    15. First and foremost, read this book. It’s beautifully written. It’ll break your heart. Faqir writes the love between Maha and her husband on their first night together so tenderly perhaps that alone is worth the read. It’ll do what all good books do (in my opinion) which is mess you up a little but ultimately help you see the world for the better.This book centers around two women- Um Saad and Maha- in a mental institution. Put their by their male relatives, they are subject to a variety of [...]

    16. The narrative is absolutely beautiful and poetic. The roots of the language strongly tie to the history of language and symbolism in the old Middle East. This story is heart wrenching but beautiful nonetheless.

    17. Pillars of Salt by Fadia Faqir shows how prominent patriarchy is in Muslim societies. In the book two women, Um Saad and Maha, are both put in a British mental hospital during the British mandate. They, both feeling abandoned and alone, confide in each other with the stories from their lives prior to the mental hospital. The book is written in mostly the perspective of Maha, but there is also a Story Teller who tells Maha's life through a different lens. Both women went through a great deal in t [...]

    18. It was a joy to read this book. I find it almost similar to the Joy Luck Club, but rather with less characters and more in-depth. In the book there are three characters, which are Maha, Um Saad, and The Storyteller. Maha is the protagonist as she is one of the patients at a mental hospital. Um Saad is the second main character who is also in the same hospital as Maha. The Storyteller (which I somewhat despised) would place false rumors or images of Maha as a woman who seduces men and was sexist. [...]

    19. This is not, I think, the kind of book I usually care for, but I really loved this. The author was able to make real the terrible inequalities in Jordanian society and the limitations in the lives of the women, without slamming it over the reader's head. Neither did I find a particularly anti-male or anti-Islamic message, as there is in a lot of books about women and Islam. There were some very wonderful male characters in this story and you got the impression that those men who were bad, would [...]

    20. A good read, but very depressing. Story of two Arab women in 1950's Jordan, committed to a British run mental hospital. Told in a traditional Arabic storytelling manner. Both women are repressed, and constrained by Arab and Islamic traditions. Victims of patriarchy, and violence. One character, Maha strives to overcome the repression, and violence, and has an ally in her ailing father. One really hopes that she will triumph in some way over her surroundings. Ultimately the society she lives in i [...]

    21. 3 1/2 stars. Maha and Um Saad are mental patients, put in there by the men who were supposed to protect them and love them, but they are both victims of a patriarchal society, both bedouin and urban. Although their lives are very different in every way their oppression is similar. The story is directly told by Maha who recounts her life and what is told to her by Um Saad. There is another narrator known as the storyteller who recounts Maha's story from a masculine point of view, despite his Qura [...]

    22. I loved this book. I took a World Culture studies class in college and this was one of the books I read. I ended up reading it out loud to my roommate at night before bed because she fell in love with it, too. It was VERY eye opening and kept my attention from the beginning. Everyone should read this book to better understand the Arab culture. It's great. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

    23. Again, one of my favorites from my Middle Eastern Women's Lit class. SO beautifully written, so lyrical, so vibrant, and touches on so many issues and ideas! Again, would ideally be read in a good class setting or with a book about Middle East culture, history and modern philosophical struggles. I can't say enough good things about this -- SO GOOD!!!!

    24. Maha's story was quite interesting and the Storyteller's interpretation of the events provided an interesting twist to the story. While Um Saad's story was also intriguing, I didn't see the connection or the purpose of her story being added to this narrative. For me, it would have been better if the author just focused on Maha and the Storyteller's version of events only.

    25. This was a sad, heart-wrenching book to read.but it was well-written and interesting. It is hard to get into and the chapters from the Storytellers point of view are not always comprehensible.but interesting all the same. Story- two women discussing their pasts from beds in an insane assylum. Both grew up in different areas of Jordan and had horrible livesSuch a happy story. :(

    26. Needed to read this for class. While it was a bit of a slog, there were some pretty gripping moments (especially the "cauterization scene"whoa). Overall, however, not the most engrossing read. Very repetitive, I thought.

    27. A beautifully written, beautifully rendered, aching story of two women whose suffering binds them into sisterhood. It's one of those novels with storytelling so nuanced and subtle that it seeps into your bones and grabs hold of you somehow. It is moving and heartbreaking all at once.

    28. The story of the main character is narrated from two perspectives, an honest account and a misogynist interpretation-- an excellent way to portray the double standards that some societies have. The book is very atmospheric with strong themes of love, loss, and female empowerment.

    29. It's a beautiful story told in the manner of ancient Arabia storytelling. I loved the language that entangles the stories of two women sent in an institution for the fact that they disobey their husband and a brother.

    30. Excellent book, filled with information about life in the Middle Eastern world. This is not an easy book to read from an emotional standpoint. But, well worth it.

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