Not enough to change anything, but the focus of that role was so lovely for me. I never give ratings this low, and I hate to do that, but honestly, it felt like the author was struggling with the concept of non-consensual gender re-assignment and then just wrote an entire book about someone spiraling out of control because of it. It requires excavation, a slow uncovering of all its treasures. As identity fragments, so does the narrative, as it changes hands between many tellers, some of whom die, disappear, contradict, or fabricate, until our protagonist is all but lost. A magical, arabian tale about the power of words and the infinite power of storytelling. Write a customer review.
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I must confess that I wasnt quite a fan of his more recent novel, Le Bonheur conjugal. I critiqued Le Bonheur conjugal for being conventional, slow moving and repetitive. Now the way that she endeavours to break with her past is in itself very interesting. We follow her through a series of hallucinatory scenes which could either be fantasy or reality.
In fact, throughout the novel, the woman is constantly dipping between reality and fantasy, life and death, and she tries to break away from the chains of her past and present circumstances.
Along the way, she meets with more tragedy, and one incredibly beautiful and poignant love story. There is also a horrific scene towards the end of the novel that was difficult for me to read through so reader discretion is advised: there is a lot of disturbing violence against women in the novel. This novel is complex and merits a second reading. I loved the dreamy, hallucinatory feel of this novel and the love story.
With this night, the 27th one of Ramadan, starts the Tahar Ben Jellouns book: a very promising beginning. But what is next is just disappointing. It is a tale about the role of woman in the Islamic world as a dark, dense, intricate, surrealistic, and almost unbearable story.
But what is next is just … disappointing. It is not only the mix between reality and hallucinations that disturbs, but also the blending of poetry and violence, and especially that heavy eroticism. Sex is abused in this book. It is used as a measure of control, lie, freedom, love and desire, hate and revenge. And if Zahra may spiritually have won the right to her feminity, she still remained a slave from the sexual point of view. And this is only half of freedom.
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This is a skillful and nuanced part of the story. The storyteller on the other hand, speaks in the first person and relates the story of Ahmed using the book he gave him before his death. This acceptance comes in her joining the circus and the disappearance of Malika. Contradictorily, this is just when Jelloun himself, perhaps appearing from behind his devices, seems to want most to reach us with pathos and political urgency.
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