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كبرتُ ونسيت أن أنسى

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قالوا لي دائماً: تكبرين وتنسين.

عندما سقطتُ وشجّ حاجبي،
عندما أجبرتني معلمة الرياضيات على الوقوف ووجهي للحائط
لأنني نسيت أن 7 × 6 = 42

عندما انكسرت درّاجتي ولم يشتروا لي أخرى
لكي لا أكسرها.
عندما انكسرت زجاجةُ روحي

عندما مات والداي
عندما لم أمت أنا
عندما كان العالم كثيراً وأنا وحدي

عندما نحر أخي دميتي لأن "الباربي" حرام
وشطب قناة "سبيس تون" لأن "البوكيمون" حرام.

عندما خلع صورة أمي و
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Paperback, 1st edition, 280 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by الدار العربية للعلوم ناشرون
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Cecily
This is easily in my top half dozen books, ever. It’s a passionate, tragic, uplifting, fragmentary story. It’s mostly prose, but reads as poetry. A positive paean to the need to write in one’s own voice, whatever the personal cost. Literature is her passion, and poetry her compulsion. I wept for a stranger who is no stranger, who has aspects of me and surely of you.

There is nothing here that I want to forget.

The moment that poetry materialises in my life not as an identity or talent, but as a
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Diana Ashkanani
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arabic, favorites
This is a very depressing book, but BEAUTIFULLY written. I personally find it relatable specially after reading so many western books. The issues tackled here are specific to the middle eastern (islamic) culture.

I have to mention though that if you are defensive when it comes to Islam you will absolutely hate this book. It pretty much attacks Islamic extremism.

I also want to say that the beauty of this book is the richness of the writing style and not the story/plot. So it all depends on what yo
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Eman
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am probably going to pick up more Arabic novels from now on- or maybe just start with the ones by this author. Her language is simply stunning and so, very, incredibly witty! I love a book that treats its readers the way this book treated me. I found my self pausing at some expressions she used and repeating, outloud, 'THIS BOOK IS WITTY, OH MY GOD' and I would call my mother, or sister and read that part out to them. I guess my excitement also comes from the fact that I've never got a hold of ...more
검스마
3.75
this book was so different from what i expected.
it's a story about a victim (a girl in an arabic religious society). struggling everyday as the aftermath of having a strict life leaded by a male whom would never succeed to be a man, his only reason to ruin her life is religion.
this book is more of thoughts than a plot, you would dive in Fatima's thoughts, dreams and fears.
the book would irritate the hell of you, i got irritated by the religious brother, the hopless society and how helpless a
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Ilhem
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I can't thank my friend enough, the one who recommended this book to me, and lent it to me, I accepted just like that, having no idea what is it about, without her having to convince me I started it reading it as soon as I got my hands on it.
Magnificient!!
Adeeb
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was quite surprised by how much I liked this.

The book is well-written and talks about valid social issues, which I very much enjoyed. I sympathized with the protagonist and wanted to know how her story would progress.

There was a part in the middle that the story dragged and also the protagonist was quite frustrating with her decisions a lot of times. But I liked that because the author did not show that Fatma is a perfect character. Her choices had consequences.

Good read!
Sindes N
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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One of the most amazing realistic fairy tales.
where love and happiness wins.
where being brave is essential. the welling to live the happy life you dream of is possible.
everything is possible. all you need is the welling to make your dreams come true.
and be the only boss of you.
Eman Abdulla
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
IN LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE WITH THIS BOOK
ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥
This book revolves around the little orphan girl, Fatemah, and her lofe with her older brother in our eastern culture. It's a life full of contradictions, rigidity and negativity. It's a community where you're born free only to be taught how to be "nothing". A valueles individual. This was what Fatemah's lofe was. I can't say the writer is mistaken or exaggerating, i'd be lying to myself first. However, it stripps the the ugly facade we've put in the name of religion and self-serving goals and c ...more
Amena
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Writing is a glue:
It pulls me together,
Saves me just in time,
And leaves me to perish.
All that I want to forget is Bothayna Al-Essa’s latest novel which is translated in English by Michele Henjum. It is a coming of age story about a woman who loves and writes poetry and the oppression she lives under in Kuwait. The novel follows Fatima and her life after her parents die. She is made to live with her older brother, Saqr, who is married with children. Fatima looks back on her time spent under his
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Sarah
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arabic
I loved it! I rarely love Arabic novels but this author has a captivating way to telling a story!
Malak  Fatani
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Young woman growing stronger through circumstances. I liked this book more than I thought I would and it was pleasant to experience it
Salam Gari
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
planning to reread this in 2018
Wanderer91
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Lulu-ala'a Ab
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very underrated novel!
May
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author has successfully managed to make us feel deeply for Fatima and the struggles she had to undergo in a very beautiful flowing manner.
Basma
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arabic
4 stars because I was about to lose hope in enjoying any of her novels... Also because the savior in this story is writing and poetry.
Ig.97
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVE IT ❤
Aya Reda
3.5 stars
Nadia.sebaali
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't know what to say .. i just finished the most wonderful heartbreaking story I've ever read , I had this weird feeling , it's like i didn't want for it to end !
Fatma Ben-nakhi
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though I didn’t really like the beginning of this book, I really enjoyed it. It was fun. It was sarcastic in a perfect way. The writing style is on point.
Marwa Faqihi
The story was a but depressing but I don't mind that, a lot of boring details in the middle, good ending though
Aml Abu Il Hija
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love it
Muhemed Masika
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Capture your heart in a book of your choice
Read between the lines
Soma Al-Dossary
2.5 stars
Nora Cassandra
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the book by a coincident at Helsinki's public library on Monday 19th of March. I went to the info desk and asked why couldn't I find it online to find out that Bothayna's name is spelled differently here.

Same day on my way home at 20:25 I sat in the metro opposite one gentleman and started reading the book that my brain was killing me with excitement all day. I read the first page and tears fell out. By the end of second page I was sobbing with tears. In Finland we are known for being g
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Wafaa
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Overrated.. Same boring old story of a Saudi/Khaleeji girl comparing herself to a friend or a stranger who zaama is an independent woman. Put your main character on some exaggerating bad conditions. Add something noble ( like poetry since Fatima is a poet ) and voila, you made it to the top 3 of best sellers . How pathetic !!
-Fatima loved to be the victim/loved to complain, even if she denies it. She had a say if she wanted to. But she simply never said « no ». life is never fair. And it's defin
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Hannaelageli
it wasn't as good as I expected it to be because many people had recommended it to me and said it's really really great and that's why I got a little disappointed though I enjoyed reading it.
about the book: the way it talks about the real life is great and how the main character suffers the oppression from all the people she knows even her family and how she finally successes in setting her own free and having her independence gives you hope .. but it's so limited and not that great use of terms
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Usaji
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have an emotional attachment to this book because she (the character in the book) went through what I have went through. I never expected to see my reflection between words and it made me feel both sad and happy that finally I found someone I can relate to. I feel like there was moments in the book where the writer could have written more about the characters emotions and described certain parts better but in the end the books is still good.
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