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An absolutely excellent read!,
This review is from: My Feudal Lord (Mass Market Paperback)
A read of Tehmina Durrani's autobiography is a MUST for anyone interested in South Asia, its politics and the role/status of women there. Durrani's story is extra-ordinarily powerful and all consuming, mainly revolving around her marriage to Mustafa Khar, a Pakistani politican. From the moment you pick up the book it totally engrosses you, (so much so that I read the entire thing in one night). The book is thankfully clear and an easy read (unlike Arundhati Roy's (another South Asian writer) 'The God of Small Things'). Most of the women in Durrani's story are exploited and used (many times in the name of religon) and the book at many points makes you cry, scream and empathise. The book is about a women who was repeatedly broken, betrayed, used, abandoned, mashed up, - but in the end (unconventionally) rose up, survived and indeed won in Pakistan's male dominated society. The book is totally inspirational. If you want to know about women in contemporary South Asian society, then you have to read this book. Its message? well I would say its message is for any woman oppressed anywhere, if Tehmina Durrani can do it, so can you.