The Locust and the Bird: My Mother's Story

by Hanan Al-Shaykh | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9781408800843 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by wingJ4Shawwing from Boise, Idaho USA on Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Purchased from Oz Child Chairty Shop, Highett Road, Highett, VIC, Australia on 4 Feb 2010 for $1

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About Hanan Al-Shaykh:
Hanan al-Shaykh was born and raised in Lebanon. She is the author of three novels - Women of Sand and Myrrh, The Story of Zahra, and Beirut Blues - as well as a collection of short stories, I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops. She currently lives in London with her husband and two children.

About the Book:
The Locust and the Bird (2009) A non fiction book by Hanan Al-Shaykh
In a masterly act of literary transformation, Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic life of her mother, Kamila, in Kamila's own voice. And so we see 1930s Beirut through the eyes of the unschooled but irrepressibly spirited ten-year-old child who arrives there from a small village in southern Lebanon with her own mother and siblings. We see her drawn to the excitements of the city, to the thrill of the cinema, and, most powerfully, to Mohammed, the young man who will be the love of her life. Despite a forced marriage at the age of thirteen to a much older man, despite the two daughters she bears him (one of them the author), despite the scandal and embarrassment she brings to her family, Kamila continues to see Mohammed. Finally, after nearly a decade, her husband gives her a divorce. Now we are looking through the eyes of a still very young woman who abandons her first family in order to create a family with the man she truly loves, only to be left a widowed mother of five when Mohammed dies tragically young.

As the narrative unfolds through the years (Kamila died in 2001) we follow this passionate, strong, demanding, and captivating woman as she survives the tragedies and celebrates the triumphs of
a life lived to the very fullest. It's an extraordinary story given a brilliantly realized, luminous voice.

Journal Entry 2 by wingJ4Shawwing at Kaleen, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, October 29, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (10/29/2010 UTC) at Kaleen, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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Sending off to Okyrhoe as one of her picks from the Asian VBB

Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Saturday, December 11, 2010
Arrived in Athens. ***Thanks so much*** J4shaw!!

(Selected from round 3 of the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB started by ApoloniaX.)

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