The Fall Of The Imam

by Nawal el Saadawi | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by oofiri of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 11/9/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by oofiri from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, November 09, 2014
"This is a tale of women suffering under harsh Islamic rule, but it could be about women anywhere there is cruelty and bullying."

Found on a book recycling shelf some while ago. Will travel onwards - to Tarna who wishlisted it.

Journal Entry 2 by oofiri at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, November 10, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (11/14/2014 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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kuriiripostina Tarnalle

Journal Entry 3 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, November 10, 2014
Greetings to Tarna from the courier!

Journal Entry 4 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Thank you so much, oofiri! It's always a pleasure to receive a wishlist book, but getting a a book by Nawal El Saadawi is especially delightful. She's such a great writer.
Also, thanks to kirjakko and -Kata- for being couriers.

Journal Entry 5 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, July 22, 2017
Nawal El Saadawi is a feminist, and that shows in her writings. Additionally, she often talks about power and how it influences on people. Those are the two themes also in this book. The book sets in an unnamed Muslim country. It has two first person narrators: Bint Allah ('Daughter of God'), a beautiful orphan girl who has never seen her father, and the Imam, leader of the country. He is both hypocritical and full of rage and hatred.
The storyline is harsh and dreary but still easy to read, thanks to the way Saadawi writes. Her sentence is dreamlike and beautiful. I truly enjoyed this book. (I usually do enjoy her texts.) I hope the next reader will like it too.
Thank you so much for sharing this book with me, oofiri!

Nawal El Saadawi (b. 1931) - name also written: Nawal al-Sa'dawi at Authors' Calendar
Nawal El Saadawi at Encyclopædia Britannica
Nawal El Saadawi at Wikipedia
Nawal El Saadawi: ‘Do you feel you are liberated? I feel I am not’ at The Guardian
Nawal El Saadawi: Egypt's radical feminist at The Guardian
Nawal El Saadawi: 'I am going to carry on this fight for ever' at The Independent

Journal Entry 6 by wingTarnawing at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, July 23, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (7/23/2017 UTC) at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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Egypt, with its over 92 million inhabitants, is very interesting country. Having said that, I'm embarrassed to admit that I know only three (3!) Egyptian writers. (Or four if you count Gamal Abdel Nasser in, but I don't know him as a writer and have never read anything from him.)
So I guess it's safe to say that Egyptian writers come from a unusual country. Nawal El Saadawi is one of them.
This book has just started its travel to the winner of Authors from unusual countries sweepstake. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 7 by conto at Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, July 27, 2017
And you guessed right. Besides Naguib Mahfuz, I think I've never read anything from another egypcian writer.
And considering what you wrote, it seems it might interest me a lot as well.
Thank you so much for choosing it for me, as well as for the beautiful postcard and bookmarker.

Journal Entry 8 by conto at Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, October 19, 2017
This definitely wasn’t an easy book to get through. I can’t exactly say what it was, maybe the english was a bit too much for me, or maybe it was just the rhythm of the story (at times it felt like being in a maze), the way it’s told (I had a difficult time figuring out just who was talking, one time and another)… I can’t really say. Anyway, I kind of pushed it forward, but was relieved when it finally ended. I wish I had the courage to re-read it, because maybe that way I could fully grasp it’s meaning, but I don’t.
I’ll keep this one travelling, so that other people can try and figure out for themselves.
Maybe I’ll go back to Nawal El Saadawi with some other novel at some other time. I would like to give myself another chance with this author, at least.
Thanks again Tarna!

Journal Entry 9 by conto at CTT, -- Por correio / mão própria -- Portugal on Friday, October 27, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (10/23/2017 UTC) at CTT, -- Por correio / mão própria -- Portugal

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Sent to the winner of the authors from unusual countries sweepstake of October.
I really hope you like it, dear winner. Although it was a hard read for me, I think it is a very important book and I feel like reading something more from this author.
Congratulations and have loads of fun with this little shower of books going your way.

Journal Entry 10 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, October 28, 2017
Thank you! I've read at least one book by Nawal El-Saadawi a long time ago (early 90s or thereabouts) and remember being quite impressed by it.

** EDIT: on second thought, I think that at this point of life I've read more than enough of stories about women who have been oppressed or abused for religious or whatever other reasons, so I'll offer this book to someone else for now. I'm also not convinced that I haven't read this one already, it's certainly possible that I have...

Journal Entry 11 by wingsakirmowing at Kaapelitehdas / Cable Factory in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, November 26, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (11/26/2017 UTC) at Kaapelitehdas / Cable Factory in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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At the meet-up

Journal Entry 12 by toukokuu at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, November 26, 2017
This book has had an interesting journey. Now it's with me. I've never read anything from Nawal El Saadawi but I recognize her name.

Journal Entry 13 by toukokuu at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Released 10 mos ago (2/12/2019 UTC) at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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I tried to read this a while ago but then gave up because there are so many books to read. The book found a new potential reader in our meet-up in Helsinki.

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