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Abdulla was arguably the most interesting character in the book. He was a young man mourning the passing of his wife and unborn child, a man burdened by the responsibility to marry again- he's tormented under this pressure. Amd he feels unprepared and seriously unwilling: why take another chance at marriage?
But as young, and as moderate as he may be...He can't escape his family, nor their cultural values. So as much as he tries to delay and hold off any arrangements regarding a future wife, there's not a lot he can do. Of course, when there's no other option, we are forced to relent and make the best of the situation. Abdulla is no different, he honours their values, and agrees to meet a fellow cousin: Hind. Fortunately for him, Hind sets a condition to their engagement: she must be allowed to study at university in England for a year. That means a year away from him- he assents to this, regarding it to be fortunate.
As upsetting as it is to think that she needs his permission at all, I was pleased to find Abdulla willing to comply. It's a shame that not all cultures bless women with the liberty of choosing their own future. Of this, I have first-hand experience: my parents are heavily conservative and traditional in their thoughts of what liberties a woman may be afforded with.Read more ›
Reading this on Kindle, for the first 20% of the book, I kind of liked it, but it wasn't holding my attention. But, wow, as soon as I got to 20%, I sprinted through this book and could not put it down. I've never been to Qatar, the nearest I managed was Bahrain, but I love reading and learning about other cultures. There were plenty of twists to keep me enthralled and I couldn't have foreseen the ending.
On the surface, this is a book about arranged marriages, but it goes so much deeper than that. With a great deal of it set in the UK, where the girls are students, it was a lot easier for me to visualise the scenes and attitudes of others.
I could clearly see the girls' apartment, feel the chemistry between certain individuals, understand the frustration of each of the main characters.
Duty, what is honourable, permitted and frowned upon were key elements throughout the novel and in particular women's place in Qatari society.
I loved how the girls rebelled and the presence of an Indian girl, with a similar, but not identical, background, only added to the intrigue. I also felt I learned a lot about both cultures.
The tragedy at the beginning of the book, the loyalty of the younger sister and some of the outrageous events later (culturally) only added to my enjoyment.
All in all, a novel worth reading, particularly if you like to learn about new cultures or if you have ever been fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes with regards to arranged marriages.
This novel is a rare glimpse into a hidden world and like any voyeur I lapped it up. It was heartening to see Abdulla portrayed as such a real person instead of an exotic other. I feel that sometimes the thobe and the abaya act as walls but they are not insurmountable. Abdulla's guilt is palpable.
I enjoyed the build up of the romance, the lure of forbidden fruits and the futile though fervent resistance. Real events such as the Olympics and the Villagio tragedy injected such an immediacy that drew me deep into Hind and Sangita's world. So much so that I was late for a meeting. I love the triumphal message of love conquers but not without sacrifice of self and family loyalties. Additionally, it shows that despite our differences we are more alike than different.
Since, I read the novel in 2 sittings, I'm sure I missed many subtleties. What a reason to cosy up again with Abdulla and friends.
Hind and Abdulla are cousins who get engaged after the passing of Abdulla's wife, but neither of them wants to get married. Hind feels like she has no control over her life, and has a taste of freedom when she leaves to London for a year to complete her master's degree. Abdulla also feels suffocated by social pressures and eventually rebels against his society to prove to both himself and his family that he can. Hind befriends a South-Asian American woman at university and they realize that their societies have a lot in common. Their friendship is tested when Abdulla travels to London. The novel is very dramatic and adventurous, and you can't help but root for the characters' happiness.
The novel stays true to the culture in many respects, and foreigners who read this will have the opportunity to discover a new culture, while people who live in Qatar will probably nod and smile in amazement when they recognize aspects of Qatari culture. Obviously, the book isn't representative of all sects of the society, but many details ring true.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Abdulla's first wife from an arranged marriage died in a car crash three years ago whilst she was pregnant with their first child. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BookLiterati
The premise of this book and the cover was what drew me initially to this book. The authors writing style is light and easy to read but I have differing thoughts on the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by E Robertson
I'm not usually someone who ever reads romance fiction, as I find them all very similar and rather predictable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gemma
LOVE COMES LATER
As a westerner unfamiliar with Moslem ways I was quickly drawn into this book. The first chapter drew the reader in with ease. Read more
It’s not often we get a glimpse into everyday life in Qatar, and that alone would be enough to make this book an interesting read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amanda Jenkinson
This book is a great insight into the minds of young people in the UAE region. The story keeps you engaged throughout. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2014 by summerinmyheart
Really good book for understanding Qatari society - story was a bit cheesyPublished on 18 Aug. 2014 by Peter Michael Smith
So enjoyable, specially for people living in the gulf, knowing the culture, the country and the sense of each sentencePublished on 17 July 2014 by valepiloto
This was quite enjoyable book which gave a really good insight into arranged marriages. It took a while to figure who the people were and how they were connected but when I got... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by MrsJ M. Hardman