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Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
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Jul 23, 2008

really liked it
Read in July, 2008

I read this book on a recent and hasty trip to central america - and the stories of the women are compelling, to say the least. It is told from a woman's perspective, so clearly there is some bias, but I found myself outraged, as I always get when the subject of religion comes up - that a bunch of old men make the rules for everyone else, based upon no more than the whims of their personal tastes. I found it to be a little bit confusing as she jumps from country to country in her discussion (a map would have been handy) and assumes that we are all as intimately aquainted with the names of the players, countries, and factions as she is. Nevertheless, a good insight into what lives of women are really like in the middle east, and how some of the rules that bind them came to be.
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