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From a Crooked Rib (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Nov 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141187174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141187174
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Naruddin Farah was born in 1945 in Baidoa, in what is now the republic of Somalia.

The author of eight books, he was awarded the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Exiled from Somalia after the publication of his novel SWEET AND SOUR MILK, Farah began a lifelong literary pursuit: 'to keep my country alive by writing about it.'


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This book offers a thoughful insight into what is a truly different life than experienced in this country. Follow Ebla as she believes that she can experience life without men or the need of others. She soon realises that it is important to have acquintances in order to succeed in life. The story is told in a way which requires sympathy to be given to Ebla, although at times she seems selfish and naive. A well written, and truly interesting read.
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Farah takes the perspective of Ebla, a nineteen-year old Somali girl from a rural area who has no education, and whose reflections on freedom and society form the incendiary core of the book. These arise seemingly inevitably from her experience at the hands of men to whom she is, in accordance with social norms supported by deeply entrenched cultural and religious practices, a chattel.

I found this to be a movingly simple and unaffected account from the perspective of a woman of few words and many insights. At times, she seems almost to become a cipher for the sujugation of women in Somalia, but Farah does not cast her as a rebel heroine flying well-formed ideological flags. In fact, I now realise that my desire for her to rebel and demand her rights is an orientalist desire informed by old fashioned white western feminism. Ebla's reality is not the reality my still-colonial mind imagines for her. Yet Farah condemns the injustice she suffers effectively in the revelation of each prosaic detail in the life of an ordinary woman; he makes her as alive to us as we are to ourselves.
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This was the first novel by internationally acclaimed Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah. This is certainly the easiest (and yet very rewarding) access into this outstanding writer's universe. A must-read.
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