--Ahdaf Soueif, author of In the Eye of the Sun
Touch centers on a girl, the youngest of nine sisters in a Palestinian family. In the singular world of this novella, this young woman's everyday experiences--watching a funeral procession, fighting with her siblings, learning to read, perhaps falling in love--resonate until th...more
"The little girl stood on the edge of the veranda, hugging the paint-chipped post beside her, her hair covered with the mother's headscarf, and her eyes glued to the distant street where the sounds seemed to have disappeared.
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The story is about a Palestinian girl, the youngest of ten children. The book goes through events in her day-to-day life, skipping back and forth throughout time, and even repeating certain points in the girl's significant memories.
During my first reading, I was pretty confused for most of the story. It's challenging to figure out the...more
Every new book and every new day increased the distance between the two. In the meantime, the mother waited for the girl to move the books out of the way between the,. and the girl waited for the mother to read these books; the only time their two languages met was in an argument that accelerated their separation.
Adania Shibli's slight book,Touch, translated by Paula Haydar is a kaleidoscope of the five senses presented in distilled fragments of memory. The penultimate prosody, there is no dou...more
Touch is a novella about a young Palestinian girl, which consists of five themed sections of prose poetry: colors, silence, movement, language, and the wall. Although tragedy, sadness and isolation are presen...more
I wrote about it as my favorite books of 2010 for Granta, here:
http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/Bes... and I think I'll use bits of that review because I don't know how else to talk about it, really:
Touch could have been read in one day but I relished it over four; part of me still hurts that it’s over. It's constructed from the purest, most intimate sensations, beginning with the first pag...more
This was a quick read. The book way that the book is partitioned focuses on particular metaphors, and the writing within these sections hones in on these metaphors. So the section entitled, "Color" of course has vivid language and teases the narrative out through imagery consistent with the particular metaphor of seeing, and especially colorful language. While the section, "Silence," focuses on sound and the absence of sound, the abhorrence of sound. The sect...more
The book is multi-layered, divided into five thematic sections (colors, silence, movement, language, the wall). The writing is descriptive and a nod to the five senses. Each section brings the reader a heightened understanding of...more
Touch is a slight novella at only 72 pages and told from the viewpoint of a small girl , the youngest of nine girls in a Palestinian family. She details the minutia of daily life where the book is divided into five sections, Colors, Silence, Movement, Language and T...more
Has garnered great reviews and much buzz ("THE Palestinian new voice," etc.).
If so, the voice left me cold. Perhaps it was the translator's fault, but the text seemed at once flat and obscure, yet I think the vignettes of stories of a girl's life were supposed to be touching, wrenching, empathetic. Go figure. Read for my book club.