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The Poison Tree - Planted and Grown in Egypt

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The Poison Tree - planted and grown in Egypt is not a traditional novel; it combines the techniques of blogging, journal-keeping, and formal writing while retaining one binding thought that keeps the story together; poison is the fertile ground that I, and many other Middle Eastern women, was born into; a poisoned culture nurtured my roots with suffocating traditions, tabo ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Malamih Publishing House
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Feb 27, 2010 Iman rated it liked it
Took me long time to read it, six months on and off, mainly because it's a collection of articles, which cannot be read at once, but more because it's an over dose of broken hearts, bitterness, breakups, despair, and rebellion against our traditions, cultural heritage, and misperceived religious concepts and teachings, in which she sometimes proved right, others proved wrong, or mislead.

She preaches honesty, rebels against double standards, I admit, and I enjoyed and appreciated this clarity, h
Ahmed El  Wakeel
Apr 14, 2015 Ahmed El Wakeel rated it really liked it
The perfect Audio Book ... So far
Here, the Download link ..
Language : English
Jul 24, 2014 Mai rated it liked it
Marwa's memoir is about relationships,men ,Egyptian society and societal norms that she tries to defy and rebel against while exposing the double standards in the Egyptian society when it comes to Men Vs women ,It was always and still Men who won ,Marwa could seem or appear like a hardcore feminist but she actually speaking the harsh truth that we women try to ignore or live with it anyways!
Marwa talked about her many failed relationships and while I was reading I could see a pattern of her goin
Mar 25, 2013 Hala rated it it was ok
Recommended to Hala by: Aya Ahmed
I didn't know how to rate this bool, or in which category it belongs. It's so full of negativity that I haven't encountered before, yes our society can be very unfair to women and yes some men are not worth a penny but what Marwa was saying all over the book that all the men she met are not worthy of her always abusing her or just bad in relationships and as much I would like to curse all men that's not true there are very decent good men out there. She never questioned that maybe she had a bad ...more
Alaa Ezzeldin
Nov 01, 2012 Alaa Ezzeldin rated it liked it
The book is talking about all types of relationships in Egypt...and how they are affected with our Marwa the author is a woman, she managed to deliver the message very well she said what we -Egyptian women- want to I agree with most of the ideas she believes in...Hwever I disagree with some..such as the "cave man" idea and sure I disagree with neglecting our religious side when we are about the woman attitude in our society.
Sue Adel
Sep 05, 2011 Sue Adel rated it it was amazing
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I've never enjoyed a book about relationships like this one , I have to say it's a masterpiece and it's written in a very creative way.
Loved it to the core.
Iman Khazback Farid
Dec 20, 2012 Iman Khazback Farid rated it liked it
It gave me more insight into Egyptian society and things I was really puzzled about. It gave me reasons for confusing attitudes of many boys and girls, men and women - nowadays. However, I would have liked more illustrations, experiences, stories and basic issues of our society; such as, how divorced women are viewed by society and why. The books also included too many synonyms and metaphors just like old Arabic books rather than not straight-to-the-point discussions and explanations. Furthermor ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Rania rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I've heard so much about this book that I was probably expecting something better. I liked the chapter on her friend Sparky, the one on whether a woman should share financial responsibilities of the household with her husband and the one on why younger guys tend to be attracted to older girls. The book as a whole has some interesting insights though some parts didn't appeal to me much. For some reason I thought I might have enjoyed it more if it were in Arabic. Generally speaking, worth reading!
Feb 17, 2014 Nermeen rated it it was ok
Finished it in 2 days and I want to read more ..
Its a decent read for a collection of articles and thoughts.
I kept reading everything in her voice, though I never met her or heard her speak before.
I think I will reread it again later in the future.
Aug 04, 2009 Asmaa rated it liked it
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Actually I listened to the Audio book, rather than reading a printing copy.
Many Ideas appealed to me in this book, and I found logic in them,
But others also were shocking to me.. overall I was pleased with discussing such topics with logic and experience.
Apr 13, 2011 Abeer rated it it was ok
I couldn't believe it.. it's not planted & grown in Egypt as she says.. didn't agree with anything in the book.. I liked some parts though...
Oct 07, 2009 Hebatullah rated it really liked it
good book for marwa rakha
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No good, not bad. just a light read.
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Born and raised in Egypt, I was brought up to be a good middle class Egyptian girl; but somehow being good did not suit my notions. Deep down I have rejected the heavy heritage of traditions and norms that made no sense to my inquisitive mind. I could not understand why girls were killed, committed suicide, or lived in eternal shame when they lost their virginity. I failed to comprehend why such a ...more
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“Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become.” 59 likes
“Egyptian men are caught between what they like and what they want; they like the girls that their minds do not want and they want the girls that their hearts do not like.” 9 likes
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