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Inshallah

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  11 reviews
With twin boys only months old, Amanda arrives in Saudi Arabia to live with her husband Mohammed. Her new life is strange and confusing and sometimes frightening. Amanda can barely understand Arabic and the treatment of the women of the family seems wrong to a girl raised in Wales. To add to her problems, Mohammed proves to be verbally and physically abusive - especially ...more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published July 17th 2014 by Honno Press
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Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
I tried so hard to like this book, I really did. I think it's important to support new authors, especially local ones, however this book not only left me cold; it left me angry.

The author makes no attempt to work through the psychology of her characters or make any attempt to understand the differing cultures and the tensions that they cause in any real depth. She relies instead on a steady stream of clichés and stereotypes and paints Saudi culture in a generally negative light.

None of the
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flootzavut
Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Barbara
Rape is seldom the best foundation on which to build a marriage and readers may well find themselves wondering how ANY woman - no matter how unloved or unsupported she might have felt, finding herself pregnant by her rapist house mate - could willingly get herself into the mess that Amanda accepts in Alys Einion's novel Inshallah.

I can only say thank goodness it IS fiction because, much as I sympathised with the central character and her plight, I couldn't help but think "How bloody stupid are
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Gretel
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the writing is too flowery at times, I became genuinely emotionally invested in the storyline. I feel as if Alys Einion did a great job of showing a whole new way of life, so different from ours in the West, to a British audience. There were times I had to take a breather because what happened in the book made me so angry that I couldn't jump into the book and help Amanda and her family, I am glad I read it. Insh'Allah is an addictive and eye-opening read, and It makes me really really ...more
Geraldine Moran
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Poor character development and a lot of the elements of the book were just not believable I.e how did Amanda survive so long in such a relationship?, how was she 'allowed' to have western friends? How did she even manage to hold down a job when all this was going on inher life? Storyline was not realistic
Erika
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg what a book! The central character grew up sharply throughout the book and it's been a while since I stayed up till 1 in the morning to finish it. What a brave woman having to cope with a totally different culture and an abusive husband. Brilliant!!
Katie.Olivia
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book took me through a traumatic sympathetic experience and instilled within me with a feeling of claustrophobia and desperation. I found myself utterly possessed by the story and the writing, able to taste, hear, smell and feel Saudi Arabia around me, and as if part of myself was journeying alongside the protagonist. Though this was a journey of claustrophobia for me, I was unable to put the book down, longing to tear the protagonist from the pages myself and ensure that I saw the story to ...more
Holly Donohoe
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
It got better... It felt wrong to begin with for many reasons. The writing was overly descriptive and the character development took a long time and in some ways it never quite got there. I did care in the end and would now say that it was a good read but I was well over halfway before I felt like that. It raises some interesting questions and deals with important issues surrounding women more so in the end than religion.
Nin Ette
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought the book quite compelling, but I think the author missed the opportunity to examine what would make a woman submit to an abusive relationship especially whilst she was still in the UK. I would also have liked more information or delving into what makes the Saudi female mentality tick. A bit disappointing, but worth the read.
Caroline
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rosemary
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, but I never like the feeling that I am being carried along by fiction into some political point of view, and I did think that was happening here.
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