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Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
by Geraldine Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight, 23 Mar. 2014
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Such a compelling read. I finished this book about three weeks ago but I am still thinking about it. A really fascinating exploration of life for women living in Islamic states. As this book was written in the 1990s it is hard to know exactly how it compares to the life of women today. Nonetheless, the book is a real eyeopener for non-Muslim 'westerners' like myself. Shocking, thoroughly researched and compassionate, this makes an excellent read!


Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
by Jeanette Winterson
Edition: Paperback

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for book club, but no page turner, 20 May 2013
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We read this recently in our book club (a group of aged twenty-something women) having had it recommended to us by the book club of one of our mothers, who raved about it. To us, we felt that Jeanette did not explore in enough detail the character's coming to terms with her sexuality, but then we thought perhaps we have to keep in mind that this book was written in a society very different from today's. Perhaps the fact that the generation of women above us found it so engrossing is interesting in itself; for them approaching homosexuality is enough of a discussion point, whereas for us there wasn't much to discuss there. We were also disappointed by there being no 'grand love story', which was the impression the blurb gave.

For us, the themes of mother/ daughter relationship, the charcater of the mother, the role of the Church and the lack of male characters in the novel all provided much more discussion than the character's sexuality. A good book to study or discuss, but I wouldn't recommend as a page turner.


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