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In Riyadh, against the events of the second Gulf War and Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, we learn the story of Munira-with the gorgeous eyes-and the unspeakable tragedy she suffers as her male nemesis wreaks revenge for an insult to his character and manhood. It is also the tale of many other women of Saudi Arabia who pass through the remand center where Munira works, victims ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by American University in Cairo Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Let me begin by saying I *love* Yousef Al-Mohaimeed's writing style which builds on the lore of his culture to create something contemporary but also mysterious and beautiful. "Munira's Bottle" is the story of one woman's love and heartbreak against the backdrop of the first Gulf War in Iraq, and Munira's story is gathered along with the sad stories of so many other Muslim women who attempt to forge meaningful lives of love and fulfillment in a culture that usually does not allow for it, giving ...more
A quaint story read as a translation. The story gives an insight into some of the history of the first Gulf War from the point of view of a young Saudi woman living at that time, and also into some of the cultural and social challenges faced by women in Saudi society. Sometimes the story seems a bit far fetched and whimsical, but as my second venture into reading some Saudi based literature, I found it an interesting and eye opening read.