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Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres
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Jul 14, 2010

it was ok
Read in June, 2010

One more book for young girls about a similarly young girl growing up with modern ideas in a conservative culture spunking herself out of an arranged marriage, this time by declaring unilaterally that she will marry only the man who can solve the riddle she will weave into her dowry rug.

If there was anything interesting about Anahita besides the arranged marriage and the lengths she goes to get out of it, this would be exactly the kind of book that I like, but there isn't. There could be. All the elements are there: the extraordinary girl, an extraordinary situation--it even has na'an! It has all the potential of a finely embroidered historical landscape riddled with riddles.

None of it, though, is fully realized. Anahita, who loves riddles so much she cannot bear the thought of a husband who doesn't, only ever tells one riddle besides the wedding riddle in the end. She is supposed to harbor a great love for learning and yearn for an education, but this is only apparent through explanatory text, not any thought or action on Anahita's part. Relationships not directly involving Anahita herself are flat abd useless, as if Copernicus added up his sums and discovered that the Universe revolved around Anahita illustrated by the absence of any eligible man who is not hell-bent on marrying Anahita.

Haven't we done this one enough already?
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