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Preview — The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji
The Writing on My Forehead
“A brainy, beautiful braid of stories about three generations of a Muslim family. This book…will go a long way toward deconstructing stereotypes about American Muslims, and that, on top of its value as a work of fiction, makes it a treasure.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
A brilliant bestselling debut novel from author Nafisa Haji, The Writing on My Forehead describes one wom...more
As Saira reaches adolescence, she begins to probe her family history while on a visit to Pakistan. She discovers some juicy secrets her parents had been keeping from her, but as time goes by also gains a new respect for the choices and struggles of various family members.
There's a ...more
This is a story of mother-daughters and sisters relationships, a story about family ties and family secrets and loyalties, a story about the past and the future, about personal journey of young Muslim-American curious, questioning girl with strong Pakistani-Indian heritage who grows into an independent woman, struggling between tradition and modernity.
The message of this so enchanting book is that your family ...more
I found this book both entertaining and thought provoking. In one sense, this is the story of Saira and her sister. It is the story of of a girl growing into a woman and of the meeting of cultures. It is also the story of an extended family, and many other sibling pairs within it. More than anything else, it is a story of relations ...more
This novel is written from the point of view of Saira Qadar, who like Nafisa is a Muslim of I ...more
Judul Asli: The Writing on My Forehead
Penulis: Nafisa Haji
Penerjemah: Alan Taufiq Hidayat
Jumlah Halaman: 410
Cetakan: I, Juli 2010
Saira Qader, anak seorang Indo-Pakistani yang tinggal di Amerika Serikat, hidup dengan keketatan aturan agamis yang dibawakan oleh ibunya. Namun sifat keras kepalanya juga rasa dibandingkan dengan Ameena, kakaknya yang lebih taat. Kunjungannya ke pernikahan sepupunya dari pihak keluarga ibunya di Pakistan, di ...more
(p.40)..."It had never occurred to me to wond ...more
I really enjoyed this novel, it started off well and just kept getting better - until at the end we discover something that I never would have guessed. That, for me, is the sure sign of a good book.
The central character is Saira, the younger sister of Ameena. Although Ameena is very happy in her arranged marriage to Shuja, this is not enough to convince Saira that she wants to settle down to married life. Living in America, travelling to Pakistan, Saira also has relative ...more
Although momentous historical events (Partition, 9/11) & complex cultural/religious issues feature in The Writing on My Forehead, the treatment is too "light" to bear any substantial commentary on these complex socio-political issues. The book h ...more
Score: 3.5 out of 5
I really enjoy books that are about different generations of the same family, as this one wa ...more
More than that--there were two passages that really struck me:
“I’m not normally so impressed by young writers. Altogether too self-consciously clever, too pat, too neat. Creative nonfiction is particularly repulsive—blurring the li ...more
"...few cared about Rushdie's novel per se. It was its effect that was the story, not its cont ...more
In between paans, photos and juicy tales, we fall in love with Saira and see her relationships with her older sister, Ameena, and her parents and extended family through her eyes.
The most significant relationship so far seems t ...more
Whoever reads this book develops along with its characters. When Saira, the protagonist, adopts a mindset, so will the reader. When she makes certain decisions that aren't quite acceptable in her culture, she has a way of convincing us that, to her, it is.
I love when novels of the same genre open up different doors to different perspecti ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It made me think about ...more
The twists the stroy has are both surprising and endearing.
For a 1st novel I think it is a great start to what I hope is a budding career for this writer, and I hope to be able to enjoy more books from her ...more
As much as I wanted to like Saira, the supposedly spunky heroine of the novel, I couldn't get past her almost inauthentic voice. To be fair, the poor choices in regards to perspective and point of view made by the author is mostly to blame for that. The story starts in present tense, with Saira in her sister's hous ...more