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Not a Fairytale

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Salena, the elder of two Cape sisters, is light-skinned and demure, an easy one to marry off to a husband of her parents choosing. Zuhra is dark and willful, refusing tradition and leaving the country in pursuit of her own destiny. The shoots of their lives grow apart and interlace again. Salena finds herself in a repressed marriage much like her mother s. Zuhra comes to s ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Random House Struik (first published January 1st 2010)
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Really liked the character of Zuhra--willful and determined and the story as a whole was well-told. I wish the writing weren't so sparse and the scenes and background were more fleshed out. There were spaces where so much was wrapped up in one or two sentences and it really took away from the impact. I also didn't think that the interspersed fairy tale stories worked very well--it often wasn't obvious how they related to the novel itself--although I did like the recipes. And honestly, I wish I c ...more
Meneesha Govender
Shaida Kazie Ali’s debut novel is simply brilliant.
Set in the Indian Muslim community of Cape Town, it is a tale of two sisters - Zuhra, the younger, “darker”, wilder one and Salena, the beautiful, light-skinned, obedient daughter that every parent dreams of.
the book starts with Zuhra’s story and then goes on to Salena’s. As we follow Zuhra and Salena from behind the counter of their father’s shop to their marriages and bearing their own children, we are shown how family life is shaped and under
Sheetal Makhan
Finished this in about two days. The author draws the reader in with her intricate writing, giving an indirect account of the lives of two sisters. Thumbs up! Enjoyed the cheeky tone of the narrator ;)
Beautifully written.
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