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In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story Hardcover – 26 Sep 2002


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (26 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859846947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859846940
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 16.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Christine Childs on 4 Dec 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a most blatantly honest account of the events in Palestine up to 1948 firstly seen throught the innocent eyes of a Palestinian Muslim child, a girl; how that little girl becomes a woman living in England in exile and contrary to her parents' wishes eagerly adopts her host country's culture, education and habits to the point of marriage. The confusion she feels as events unfold in the Middle East, through her adolescence to adulthood, is laid bare on the page and her accounts of British ignorance of the plight of Palestinians at that time are disturbing. (One wonders how much that has changed). Relationships between Arab men and Western women and vice versa are particularly well brought to our attention and her eventual return visit to her homeland is heartbreaking. Ghada Karmi has shown great courage in writing this book and I, for one, have learned a lot as well as thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I hope this will be published worldwide.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Memon on 29 Dec 2008
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i read this well written book in 3 days. it works on many levels. one level is about personal identity. the author discusses her own arab identity, english identity and an identity neither fully arab nor english. her life story demonstrates how shifting identities are a product of experience and social environment.

she starts in palestine and then as a child is forced into exile with her family who settle in london via a short stay in damascus. an english identity develops in conflict with her native arab identity. this results in a "culture clash." on leaving london to attend bristol medical school she determines to complete the transformation to a dark skinned english girl. she marries an englishman against opposition from her family but the marriage is short lived resulting in divorce. her identity develops further, she becomes a political activist for the palestinian cause and travels back to the middle east.

and so i have titled this review "in search of identities."

overall, i enjoyed reading this book very much.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bobkennedy on 14 Mar 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is clearly a book written from the heart and is full of human emotion. The reader is therefore carried along as though on a fascinating foreign journey with an interesting and warm hearted companion. The factual detail provides a scholarly resource for students of the troubled modern history of Palestine and above all Gharda's story tells of the human tradgedies and the effect on individual lives of systematic ethnic cleansing from 1948 and continuing today. A very good and rewarding book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HKS on 2 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
When it comes to writing memoirs, Ghada Karmi has perfected the art to a tee. Starting from her early childhood in pre-partition Palestine, she painfuly recounts the events that led to her displacement from the land she loved so much. One can only read with disgust, at the way in which her, and many like her, suffered at the hands of Israeli terrorism. A must read.
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