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Munira's Bottle (Modern Arabic Literature (Hardcover)) by [Al-Mohaimeed, Yousef]
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'Yousef al-Mohaimeed is a rising star in international literature. His new book, Munira’s Bottle, is a rich and skillfully-crafted story of a dysfunctional Saudi Arabian family. One of its strengths lies in its edgy characters: Munira, a sultry, self-centered, sexually repressed woman; Ibn al-Dahhal, the bold imposter who deceives and betrays her; and Mohammud, her perpetually angry and righteous brother, a catalyst who forces the events. Western readers will welcome it for its opening door into Arab lives and minds.' (Annie Proulx 2009-01-01)

About the Author

Yousef al-Mohaimeed was born in Riyadh in 1964. He has pub lished several novels and short story collections, and has studied English and photography at Norwich University in England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GRVFD5S
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,257,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
... and with the subject phrase repeated, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed neatly summarizes the unlikely but plausible chain of events, and the lost opportunities that might have saved the novel's protagonist, Munira al-Sahi, from her fate. This is a novel of love, duplicity and revenge. Surely these are universal themes, that transcend cultural specifics, yet Al-Mohaimeed's tale is deeply rooted in the particulars of life in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The time period is the six months centering on Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Not only does this provide unique background for the novel's action, as well as "cover" for the actions of the anti-hero, but it also provides a metaphor that Al-Mohaimeed uses several times in depicting Munira's fate. Ali Al-Dahhal, or is that really his name, receives a kick in the chest from his superior at work, and his wounded ego decides to exact revenge by entrapping his superior's sister, Munira, in a disastrous love affair. That is the central thread that ties the novel together, and there are several sub-plots that illustrate the particulars of life in Riyadh.

Munira's work at the Remand Center (for women in various troubles with the law) is a useful mechanism for the author to present some vignettes, which includes the wife who killed her husband, and would gladly do so again, and the unwed pregnant woman who couldn't help herself, as well as the tale of Bandar (a/k/a Mueed) who seduced a young girl, but made a classic mistake of letting her discover his true identity. It is a story that foreshadows Munira's, but she is too blind to realize that this young girl's fate could also be her own.
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