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A Wife for My Son

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 222 pages
Published June 28th 1988 by Africa World Pr (first published June 1st 1980)
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Lori
Sep 26, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it
I found this book to be really fascinating as a means to represent the clash of tradition vs progress. An Algerian man wrote the book in 1979 and had me wondering when this book was set (present day or sometime in the past).

This story, set in Algeria and Paris, tells the tale of two families who held on to their roots - one much more so than others. Fatiha is a 17 year old girl pledged to be married to Houcine - an immigrant construction worker in Paris.

As the story begins we hear about all th
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manatee
Jan 15, 2013 manatee rated it liked it
Quite good. This book really pulls you into the mind of Fatiha, a young bride married into a suffocating traditional household in Algiers. The author paints a portrait of young defiance and sorrow and does a beautiful job. A worthy read.
Karen Valentin
Sep 15, 2012 Karen Valentin rated it really liked it
One of the first works of literature I remember reading as a young adult. This book made me hungry to read more. Beautiful written. It pulled me into its world! Well done..
Kathryn
Jul 14, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I don't even know where to begin in my review of this book. It was incredibly and horrible and shocking and enlightening all at the same time. It's about an arranged marriage in Muslim Algeria, mostly told through the young woman's perspective, but some through the man's also. I thought I had some idea of what Muslim culture was like from living in Bangladesh (granted that was Bangladesh's version of Islam and this book is about Algeria), but if this book is accurate, there is a TON that I didn' ...more
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