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Haveli (Shabanu #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,668 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The world of Newbery Honor book "Shabanu" is vividly re-created in this novel of a young Pakistani woman's heartbreaking struggle against the tyranny of custom and ancient law. Shabanu, now a mother at 18, faces daily challenges
to her position in her husband's household, even as she plans for her young
daughter's education and uncertain future. Then, during a visit to the
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Published May 16th 1995 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published 1993)
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Oct 22, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a strong novel that truly captured my interest. First, the setting is vivid, so well described that I felt I was really there, experiencing Pakistan through the eyes of a young wife. As for the plot, it resisted predictability and did not cave in to any "happily ever after" clichés, just like Shabanu. I appreciate that realism and the vividness of the story. I also admire the way Shabanu was shown to be so brave, and yet also full of doubts and contradicting loyalties. The writer laid o ...more
Haveli is the sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, another book set in modern day Pakistan that explores the subjugation of women in a repressive society. Haveli continues the story of Shabanu after her arranged marriage to Rahim as his fourth wife. What I liked most about Haveli is that is resists completely falling into accepted stereotypes. Rahim actually cares about Shabanu, and she respects him and appreciates certain aspects of her life, including the freedom she has had in raising her ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
I liked Haveli. It continues the story of Shabanu from Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. In this book, Shabanu, now 18, has been married for about 6 years and she has a daughter who is almost 5 years old. Shabanu's husband is wealthy, and he has many wives and servants. Her husband Rahim is also much older. He is in his fifties.

Rahim's older wives are jealous of Shabanu because Rahim in only interested in taking Shabanu to his bed. Also, the other wives look down on Shabanu because she is uncultur
Mar 17, 2010 Jumana rated it it was amazing
This book was really good but i wish they had more book after. They both were good but i think the first book was better. But i loved both and I would be happy if they would write more....
May 09, 2011 Manasvini rated it really liked it
It was amazing, a worthy sequel to Shabanu
Mar 22, 2008 Lori rated it liked it

“Haveli” is the sequel to “Shabanu” where the events in the life of, Shabanu, a young Palestinian desert girl, continue to unfold. The sequel picks up after Shabanu’s marriage to Rahim, a wealthy land owner but a man old enough to be her GRANDFATHER! Shabanu has a young daughter, Mumtaz, whom she loves immeasurably and seeks to raise to be independent, a trait that is not favored in her society.

Shabanu is a headstrong, independent thinker in a society that expects her to submit to all men, and n
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Jul 08, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it
The author must have fallen in love with the desert and the desert people when she lived in Pakistan. Her images of their lives, their ways are gentle and loving. Even more so when compared to her descriptions of the wealthier classes. Those who stay true to their role of protecting and looking after the land and the poor are still honored, but those who are greedy and think only of their wealth are treated with scorn and disdain.

I found the descriptions of the rich, nurturing community of women
Jul 31, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-series
I wish I could give out half stars! I would like to give this one 3.5 stars. The story itself I think is worth 4 stars. It was a good book, was interesting, and by the end I did care about what was going on. This is the sequel to the Newberry Honor winning Shabanu, and continues the story of her life after she is married. After I got into the story, it went quickly, and I was interested in how the story ended. However, I am giving it 3 stars (or 3.5...) because it took me a very long time to get ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Qamar rated it really liked it
I loved reading the book Haveli! The sequel picks up after Shabanu’s marriage to Rahim, a wealthy land owner but a man old enough to be her GRANDFATHER! It was the sequel to the book Shabanu and was a great read! Shabanu was experiencing Pakistan through the eyes of a young wife. It showed how much Shabanu had to endure and go thru. Her whole life revolved around her five year old daughter, Mumtaz. Everything and anything Shabanu did was for her daughter Mumtaz. For example, Shabanu was debating ...more
May 25, 2010 Ezra rated it really liked it
This book is actually the sequel to Shabanu which was a great book as well. This was a very hard book to grade I would really give it a 3 and a half but that doesnt exist. Awyway this book is about Shabanu after she left her home and went to live with a a rich man far away who had many other wives. In this book she strives to keep her daughter and herself safe from the wrath of the other wives she must live with. This book had love prospects, secrets, deaths, brother rivalry and more. It was abo ...more
Oct 15, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I loved Shabanu, and cried and cried at the end of that book when she was going to be married to an older man with other wives. I was relieved and also terrified to find Haveli, the sequel, and find out what became of her. Just as amazing as Shabanu, Haveli is a richly detailed look at life for a Pakistani woman.

With a wealthy husband who loves her and a charming young daughter, Shabanu's life should be perfect. But his other wives and their children find little ways to abuse her, and Shabanu m
Feb 22, 2013 Céline rated it liked it
Suite de Shabanu, Haveli se passe environ six ans après les évènements du premier livre. Shabanu, quatrième épouse de Rahim, un homme de 40 ans son ainé, et leur fille Mumtaz, sont les bouc-émissaires des autres épouses. Pour échapper à ce traitement, Shabanu demande à déménager à l’Haveli, la maison de ville de la famille. Et là, elle rencontre Omar, dont elle tombe amoureuse, et puis, son beau-frère commence à prendre des terres à Rahim qui cherche à se venger, ce qui aura des conséquences dra ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Elzbeth rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Shabanu series. And, unlike most second books, this was just as good as the first. She attitude hasn't changed in the five years since the first book and the author did a good job of creating a grown-up Shabanu. I kinda wish Shabanu had fought for herself against the other wives, but that's not really who she is. Great book! Reeeeeead iiiiiit!
May 12, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
Haveli is the sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples. In it, young Shabanu is a mother of 18 years old. She worships her daughter Mumtaz and tries to teach her to be good. But when she goes to the haveli, she falls in love with Omar. And with her husbands other wives after her, she can't risk anything dangerous. She must protect her daughter and herself from all of the dangers that lie ahead. Even her own brother in law.
One of this story's main themes is the bonding of
Ashley Warren
Jun 22, 2015 Ashley Warren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: global-fiction
This was a great sequel to a great book. The writing is poetic and descriptive, and the story is unbearably sad at times. But Shabanu is the best protagonist I've read in a long time. She's smart, brave, and creative, and the fact that she is based on real people the author met in Pakistan speaks volumes. I just started the last book in this series and I hope, in some ways, that there is a happy ending.
Aug 31, 2015 Histteach24 rated it really liked it
I was a little disappointed that it started after she had already gotten married, but the book was fast paced. Interesting view of what life is like marrying into a family with several wives and how the new wife can be treated.
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Jan 24, 2010 Catherine Mustread rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: Sequel to Shabanu
I liked this almost as much as the prequel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. Staples tells a story of ancient customs still rampant in the Punjabi desert of modern day Pakistan. The protagonist, Shabanu, is now 18 with a 5-year-old daughter, the youngest wife of a powerful warlord. Six years after her marriage (which was the end of the first book) she finds herself torn between a new and dangerous love, her great desire to get her daughter an education, her desire to be independent and the loyalty ...more
Lucy Houser
Jul 21, 2014 Lucy Houser rated it really liked it
NOT a young adult romance, despite the description of the book on the library web site. Very good, as was Shabanu, the first book in the series.
Dec 28, 2010 Marty rated it it was amazing
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Dec 21, 2011 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
After reading Shabanu, I found this at a used book sale and was thrilled - I didn't know there was a sequel! I read this one just as quickly and hungrily as I did Shabanu. Many years have passed, and the place setting and characters are very different. The same vivid writing and wonderful storytelling placed me right there with her in Pakistan. I read the last 70 pages or so in one night, frantically turning the pages, my eyes hurting and red but I wanted to know how it ended. Her character is s ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Safura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنگام خواندن این حس را داشتم که نویسنده برای جذاب کردن کمی پیاز داغش را زیاد کرده است اما در کل خوب بود.
Sep 16, 2010 Hannah rated it liked it
Although it's been a good while since I read this so I can't remember all the particulars, I did like seeing Shabanu older and wiser and finding out what happened to her after the first book's ending. It was kind of a shock to me to see that she survived (not physically, more on a mental level), and was able to cope with her new life and find little ways to get what she wanted, even though it was sad to see the ways that she was capitulating and mistreated as well, even though they were out of n ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
Haveli is the sequel to Shabanu and it picks up five years where the last book left off. Shabanu has a young daughter with her much older husband, but she fears for her and her daughter's safety. Her husband has other wives who are cruel and would just as soon she her and her daughter dead. When Shabanu's friend, Zabo is forced to marry a mentally disabled men to secure landholdings for her father, Shabanu and Zabo start making plans to escape the prisons of their marriages.

This is a solid follo
Oct 20, 2014 Jafar rated it it was amazing
A great read,great insight into the character's life.Loved how it ended.
Jun 29, 2015 Becca rated it it was amazing
These books are such great stories about how resilient people are.
Mar 07, 2014 Ashlee rated it really liked it
Like the first book of the series, I had a slightly difficult time getting into the story until about halfway through the book. It wasn't a bad beginning, just slow and not very good at character development until later on. The overall plot is very good and has many twists and turns. Shabanu is married to a wealthy man who has other wives who try to make Shabanu and her daughters lives as miserable as possible. Shabanu finds comfort in the haveli and realizes deep feelings within her heart that ...more
This is the sequel to Shabanu, the story of a young nomad Muslim girl who is basically sold to an older wealthy Arab as his fourth wife. I loved the first book and felt it gave a beautiful and well rounded picture of life as a desert nomad. I did not like Haveli so much. Shabanu is now married and has a young child. The other wives hate her and conspire to harm her to a degree I did not find plausible. The bad brother Nazir is simply too bad and too evil. Still the book is compelling and I enjoy ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Saheli rated it really liked it
Wonderful book! Enjoyed each and every chapter..
Aug 31, 2012 Carly rated it liked it
This whole series is a decent read but pretty problematic considering the author is a white woman trying to write about a culture that isn't her own. I enjoyed Shabanu when I read it as a teen and still have it on my shelf; Haveli is a pretty decent continuation of the story, but it really threw me off that the POV shifted from first-person in the original to third-person in the sequel for no discernible reason.

Also, does anyone know precisely when these books are supposed to take place? I've ne
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Suzanne Fisher Staples is the author of six books addressed to children and adolescents. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.), she grew up in a small community around Northwestern Pennsylvania. She had three siblings, a sister and two brothers. Suzanne went to Lakeland High School in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. Later, she graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She ...more
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“She tried to keep busy, but each afternoon she was drawn into the courtyard or up into the pavilion, where she sat as still as a pool of water. It was as if she feared she'd fly away into a million pieces if she moved.” 5 likes
“She didn't look up until he was gone. She saw him pas the outside wall of the pavilion and heard his footsteps recede into the stairwell. When he was gone, she bowed her head and let the grief engulf her. Her heart crumpled and shrank, like a ball of paper set on fire.” 2 likes
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