The story is of a young woman who falls for a man and ets pregnant and then he leaves her Her child is adopted and forever leaves a hole in her heart and despite all attempts to make a new life for herself abroad she is always drawn back to the nasty backward prejudiced wicked family and country of her past The country isn t named but since the A Secret Kept girl is a Bedouin it s probably Lebanon or close by view spoilerWhen theirl discovers she is pregnant she is sent to a very rough and crude prison for her own safety because there her father and brother cannot kill her to avenge their honour But the men have long memories and when friends of hers leave the prison they are shot dead as soon as they exit After a long time seven years she is helped by nuns to escape and eventually ends up in Exeter in England In her thirties she marries and feeling secure she travels back to her family dressing herself as a foreigner to lessen the risk of being recognised as she traces her daughter But it is too late she has been shot and buried for the same crime as her mother and as she weeps and wails on her daughter s rave she too is shot dead and the father and brothers can now hold their heads up again honour redeemed having punished their daughters and sisters and randdaughters for the crime of falling in love with men who want nothing but sex use no contraception and condemn their irlfriends to death should they be found out or the irl The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World get pregnant Where is the honour in that hide spoiler I had a hard time rating this book I couldn t put it down reading well into the night which is unusual for me But it also makes me suspicious of a book when I can t put it down Am I being sucked into some emotional manipulation I m only rarely a reader for the story the narration but this one pulled me in I would like to read some serious criticism not just opinions here probably because I m too lazy to think it through Actually if I were reading it with others I might be able to tease out the things I felt uncomfortable about At times I did step back from the story and recognized that the language was beautiful but that was secondary to the story Iuess that is what makes a Tricycle (HISTOIRE) good book to some who prefer the story line I tend to trust a book I read for languageThis is a story about a young woman who shames her family by becoming pregnant outside of marriage Her homeland is not said but since the author is of Jordanian roots I woulduess that it s Jordan She s smuggled out of the country by Christian nuns because her brother is tasked to honour kill her by putting a bullet between her eyes She escapes her homeland and lives her adult years in Exeter in southern England where she both adapts to her new home and remains outside the culture which rejects immigrants It s a hard place to be but she has friends work a life and eventually finds love But she cannot forget the child that she bore names her tells stories about her imaginary life and sews her exuisite clothesI know that this is part of the Bedouin culture honour killing but I couldn t help but feel as though despite the author s origins that this was one of those books aimed at Westerners That it was meant to show the reader how backward the culture is I believe wouldn t anyone that murder no matter the reason is awful and that honour killing is horrendous To kill someone for embarrassing the family puts the family the tribe before the individual unimaginable to us but which I think is very much part of the Bedouin tribal way I believe that those who are honour killed are either women who have loved someone outside of the tribal rules and homosexual men It points to a patriarch. In her village of Hima in the Levant Salma a young oat herd has violated the code of her Bedouin tribe by becoming pregnant before marriage To restore their honour the villagers set out to kill her Now a runaway from the men of her tribe Salma's days playing the pipe for her oats and swimming in the spring are over She is placed in prison for her own protection and to the sound of her deafening screams her newborn baby is taken away After several years when it seems the men have iven up on their chase she.
Ce to another making me feel lost and reuiring me to read the sentence than once to understand what she is talking about despite of that I was attracted to the writer s style she managed to keep me on toes wondering what s the end will beThe storywhat to say we hear it all the time a lady makes a mistake by iving herself to a man thinking he loves her and he will stand by her a man who wants nothing but fulfilling his physical needs a community that makes a God of itself and punishes the female but forgives the male despite the fact that they did the same mistake a child that came this worldand left it as a mistakea story we hear it all the timenothing much newReading this book I felt the struggle of a woman living as a stranger lost between what is right and wrong fighting her desires yet desiring revolution was she rightwas she wrongI Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts guess we don t have the right to judgeThe endin lifesometimes weet lucky and we Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind get a second chancesometimes on a sliver platebut we choose the pain over happinesswhy didn t she forgot about the pastwhy didn t she live her new life with her loving husband and her kid who needs herwhy did she choose the paineven though she knew well that she will make no difference in her kid s lifeEach time I try to understand humanityI find it even complicated than before I desperately wanted to like this book There were parts of it that were beautifully written My heart wrenched for Salma the main character of this piece Still it took me aood two or three reads of the first few chapters to even determine what was Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus going on and in what time period which was aggravating The story also had a tendency to move at an extraordinarily slow pace leading to an outcome which was plainly obvious from the very beginning I d be interested to hear other s thoughts on the novel and so even though I didn t like it I d still recommend it to friendsThe novel centers around Salma a Bedouin woman who flees her native country after becomming pregnant outside of marriage She ultimately ends up in the United Kingdom where she must start a new life after escaping various tragedies in her old one It really opened my eyes to the struggles and challenges of those who choose to start new lives in new places which I suppose means that my own disagreement and dissatisfaction with this novel was worth it Jarring disjointed fractured and out of place the shattered sharply jagged edges of Salma s narrative cut into one another mirroring her inner turmoil as she tries to navigate to make sense of the pieces of her life and the shards of her heart Torn violently away from her native land and forced into a culture a language a climate and a country for which she wasiven no points of reference to foster a transition between the two she cannot reconcile her personal identity with her new home and exists inside the boundaries of her own self learning enough of an alien landscape to survive but not thrive But as with so many difficulty adapting is not even the tip of her problems Her suffering cuts deeper than mere cultural displacement for it is her heart which is displaced ripped from a daughter and a family which she cannot forget no matter how hard she triesThe protagonist s psychological process throughout the novel was both realistic and thought provoking It is not the sappy sweet tale of an unlikely happy ending nor is it a depressing deterministic outlook of the fate of immigrants everywhere but Fadia Fair writes Salma s tale to its logical dare I say inevitable conclusion in a heartfelt and sensitive yet realistic way which illuminates the cultural burdens hidden sorrows and inarticulate desperations in us all. Age to find her It is a journey that will change everything and nothing Slipping seamlessly back and forth between the olive roves of the Levant and the rain slicked streets of Exeter My Name is Salma is a searing novel of forbidden love violated honour and a woman's courage in the face of insurmountable odds Fadia Fair's portrait of the fractured lives of immigrants caught up in a painful yet exhilarating cross cultural encounter is both heartbreaking and humorous It is a story that will leave no one unmove.
Al society with absolute rules about moralityAs I write this I m arguing with myself I feel a bit manipulated by the story which is well told but at the same time I think that the author shows a young irl mired in her culture not thinking about the big picture of her life within her community and the conseuences of thinkingfeeling for herself As she steps outside her culture living in Exeter she matures but at the same time cannot leave her roots behind or her child I appreciate this book for really talking about that difficulty that we are where we were born even when we need to leave it By the way I also left my home as a young woman when I became pregnant Though my familyculture did not demand the conseuences that these women face I was still an embarrassment to my parents With time my culture has changed and though the preference is not for children to be born outside of marriage it is not as unacceptable as it was then Disappointing I wanted to like it I tried to like it I certainly felt empathy and sympathy for the female protagonist she was poorly treated both by her own family and by others However she also brought a reat deal of her own misery on herself and she encountered the kindness of angels in disguise The book jumps around a lot from various places in the past to various places in the recent present the language is unnecessarily crude and the plot is predictable I only finished it in hopes it would et better it didn t Too bad it had promise Previous Went to Barnes Nobles last night kind of I found this book while browsing at the library I took it home because I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns which ended similarly but in a majestic satisfying wayAlso enough with the flowery descriptions already This book would have been a short story without all the turuoise encased in silver blah blah blah a bit confusing too much flash back in the past and then present and then past and then presentmaybe if it s a movie visual easier to understand If you read fiction to escape then you read literature to fall in love and with this love collect for your heart the fallible estures of human judgment that mark a life as you would know it The Cry of the Dove creates a woman easy to fall in love with because her life encompasses the most human effort to stake and bound an identity amid conditions that are powerfully imbalanced but uietly lovingly individualThe novel is constructed with evocative language and a speech broken only out the narrator s mouth for Salma Ibrahim El Musa sometimes Sally Asher is nothing if not honest in the cruelty of her self image her Bedouin roots never not on display for judgment by her adopted England Like her speech scenes of the narrative are spilled like a bag of stones skipping from present to past but orchestrated in a way to muse here on religion here on birth here on desire here on lossI don t know what to say that would express why I think this novel is so beautiful just as I don t know how to encapsulate a life to make it tell as well as it feels But I am in love with this complicated Salma as much as with what she would hope to lightly carry as with how steadily she would march toward race If I kept stitching and fasting if I kept silent I would slip slowly out of my body like a snake shedding her old skin I might stop being Salma and become someone else who never had a bite of the forbidden apple Time might pass uickly so I would slide ently from prison to rave No pain resistance or even boredomFadia Fair with a subtle and delicate style weaves the tragic chronicle of Salma s death foretold So usually I don t like this style of writing jumping from one pla. Moves to England to seek asylum So begins her new life in the permissive West In the middle of the most English of English towns Exeter she learns ood manners from her ancient landlady and strives to have a social life at the local pub But it is with the help of Parvin a feisty Pakistani irl on the run from an arranged marriage that Salma is finally able to forge a new identity But deep in her heart the cries of her baby daughter still echo When she can no longer bear them she decides to o back to her vill.
Fadia Fair b 1956 is a British Arab writer based in Durham UK Her work was translated into fifteen languages and published in eighteen countries She is a Writing Fellow at St Aidan's College Durham University where she teaches creative writing Fair’s work is written entirely in English and is the subject of much ongoing academic research and discussion particularly for its ‘translation