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The Poison Tree - Planted and Grown in Egypt

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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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Iman
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...more
Sue Adel
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.
Hala
Mar 25, 2013 Hala rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Nermeen
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.
Iman Khazback Farid
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
Rania
Apr 28, 2011 Rania rated it 3 of 5 stars
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!...more
Alaa Ezzeldin
The book is talking about all types of relationships in Egypt...and how they are affected with our traditions...as Marwa the author is a woman, she managed to deliver the message very well she said what we -Egyptian women- want to say..as 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.
Asmaa
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.
Abeer
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...
Sarah Elshafie
Controversial book but definitely worth reading... alot of rebellion..
Hebatullah
good book for marwa rakha
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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.” 47 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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