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When The Haboob Sings

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When Dunya Khair writes a controversial article in the newspaper challenging the status quo in her country, the response—ranging from adulation to death threats—is swift. Faced with the dissolution of familial ties and the prospective collapse of her marriage, alongside a looming nervous breakdown, Dunya's consequent actions exemplify both the strength and frailty of the h ...more
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Published May 28th 2019 by Gatekeeper Press
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Constantine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Genre:
Literary Fiction

Synopsis:
A controversial article in the local newspaper causes lots of trouble and problems to its writer Dunya Khair. This is the story of a woman who tries to be her genuine self in a society that operates with a high degree of hypocrisy. Dunya finds herself alone fighting the outer world specifically her society & the chorus that is going on inside her own head. The cost is too much to predict or bear.

Book Structure:
The book is around 278 pages which ma
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Ruchi Patel
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up after seeing the picture and I am glad that I picked this up. I absolutely loved this one. After a really long time I read such good book. I fell in love with the very first chapter of the book as it’s the description of prison life by protagonist. I liked it as I am watching “Orange is the new black” series simultaneously. The protagonist of the story is Dunya Khair. She is journalist by profession. Generally she writes article about gender equal, male chauvinistic mentali ...more
Mr Shahabi
I always like to hear Nujood speak, shes a careful listener and polite speaker which manage to absorb and appreciate everything around her form sights and sounds and talks to words. Etc

That beauty is not present in her book, the Contents are highly controversial, which I admire, but the narration and writing didn't match that momentum unfortunately, I just couldn't see someone who defy an entire nation of traditions and society to fall a humble and helpless victim to the talk of people and who's
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N.N. Light
This is an incredibly significant book that deals with a critically important subject. With the beginning of the Arab Springs there was just the slightest opening of minds towards freedom in some countries. Since those early days there have been strides forward and large steps back.



One of the most contentious issues that exist in some countries is the rights and place of women in their society.



This book tells the tale of a woman who bravely decides to flout convention and write about freedom
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Team Golfwell
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading, “When the Haboob Sings” by Nejoud Al-Yagout whom I feel is an excellent and brilliant author and love her work. I read her previous book, “Motorbikes and Camels” and highly recommend that book as well.

I felt this book was a highly descriptive and intriguing story of a very strong and courageous woman all told in the first person. The first page drew me quickly into the story of a woman in jail, “This cell, with its leaky faucet, a sink with peeling skin beneath its waist, a s
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Louise
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I wanted to read this book because of the subject matter. Unfortunately, I didn't like the author's style of writing and that decreased my "enjoyment" of this disturbing novel. "Haboob" explores what it means to be a woman in a strict, religious culture (in this instance, a Middle Eastern Islamic culture, presumably Kuwait, from hints in the text), and how even the men are constrained by the culture. People in this book seem to be either zealots or hypocrites/cowards (showing themselves to the w ...more
A Cannady
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time believing that “When the Haboob Sings” by Nejoud Al-Yagout was purely fictional, since it was written so beautifully and honestly. In this book, our hero, Dunya Khair, tackles the world-wide problem of being a woman considered to be less than a man, but as a journalist, she does not back down from challenging the status quo of her culture. Because she is in the Middle East, though, this challenge is not just brave, it’s dangerous. Khair publishes an article that leads to a comp ...more
Jerry Olasakinju
What rights do women have in countries where religious oppression is rife and unending? A daredevil woman like Dunya Khair, the protagonist of this story, often faces acrimonious attacks in places where women are regarded as second-hand citizens with little or no human rights!
When Dunya Khair pens a controversial article in the newspaper castigating the status quo in her country, she finds herself overwhelmed with unexpected consequences: From death threats, divorce to a nervous breakdown.
The to
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Courtney Hudson
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the Haboob Sings is one of those books that when you're reading it, it feels real and it will hit you in the feels as well. I have to admit that I know little of the Islam culture, but this book was shocking, to say the least. I could not believe the struggles she was facing from just voicing her personal opinions. You would think the fallout from the public would be enough punishment, as some of the 'fan mail' was terrible, and I'm sure many shared the opinions of Mr. X. Her persecution fe ...more
Ravin Maurice
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this look into the life of Dunya Khair and what happened to her after she published a controversal article about religion. I never imagined the changes that would occur not only in her life but in the lives her family and friends. Her resolve and courage was inspiring as she survived the backlash, imprisonment and psychological breakdowns. Nejoud Al-Yagout is a talented author with incredible skill who draws the reader in from the first page. After reading this incredible st ...more
Caitlin
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book appealed to me because I've read several non-fiction works by journalists who have found themselves in difficult political situations or memoirs of citizens held prisoner. Although this is fictional, it still sparked my interest as it featured strong characters and a storyline that is both politically and culturally exciting. The protagonist is a unique character and as a woman myself, I enjoyed that it was a story told from a female perspective, especially because in so many parts of ...more
Michael
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Journalist Dunya Khair comes under fire after she dares to write an article protesting the patriarchy of her unnamed home country. Though it starts off on a weak, unspecific note, Nejoud Al-Yagout's novel ramps up in intensity once the wheels of its plot start turning. This book doesn't pull punches dwelling on its protagonist's physical and, even more so, psychological anguish. Khair's persistence and common sense bring to mind great protest art like that of Iranian director Jafar Panahi. ...more
Archie
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How far are you ready to go to prove your point?
How far are you ready to go to prove your point? Is the basis of the story wherein a journalist puts everything she has at stake to prove what she believes in. The story is very close to reality and resonates well. This is the story of a courageous journalist Dunya Khair who, when writes a controversial article in the newspaper invites trouble and challenges that changes her life. The strength of a woman who is determined to fight till the end, reg
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Jose Popoff
Two words that came to mind as I was going over this book were "powerful" and "gentle". The main character definitively has this poignant stand and powerful voice but it still feels like sweet. I do not picture Dunya Khair as an anarchist but as a strong and powerful woman who knows how to effectively use her voice to trigger change.

I also love her vulnerability as she is facing consequences that she was not expecting. It cost her marriage, her family, her sanity, and it is about to cost her lif
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Paula
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel gives an insightful view of the complexities of culture, society and humanity itself. It is a quick read but the issues tackled– press freedom, religion, mental health, feminism – were heavy but very true to our time. I particularly value the lead character’s fervor in fighting for her truth, knowing that the price she has to pay is immense. The glimpses into her mental state within the pages of the book are what kept me reading until the very end. It is a compelling and thought-provo ...more
Nikki wolters
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the haboob sings is a fictional story that totally blew my mind. My interest was piqued right from the title. A very unique well written and structured book. The book is filled with culture, suspense, drama, politics, action and so on. I never imagined that journalism in the Muslim world can be so exhilarating. The book covers freedom of speech and the part religion plays in exercising that freedom.
The author knocked this out if the park, an amazing job.
Rachel Kester
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Nejoud Al-Yagout tells the story of Dunya Khair. This young woman writes a very controversial article for the local newspaper which challenges the norms in her country. However, Khair soon finds that not many people agreed with her article and discovers her life is in danger due to the ideas she presented. Besides threats from strangers, she also finds her family becoming slightly hostile toward her. Khair must work to help combat these threats and live boldly with her opinions and though ...more
Jane
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to review this by Lovereading.

this is the story of a 30-year-old female journalist living under Muslim law the country is not named but this is powerful enough and this is not relevant. She publishes material around gender equality and a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause. this follows the injustices and effects of doing despite in some countries being allowed free speech.

it is unjust and unfair and following the story of Nazanin Zaghari-Ra
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Dhwani
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of the book is attractive and the fonts used are catchy. The title is a metaphor to the plot is the story which a reader would understand once two third of the book has been read. The plot of book explores the story of Dunya, a writer who writes an article which becomes extremely controversial and end up offending a lot of people. She receives death threats and is imprisoned. What follows her imprisonment and release is a dark and horrifying story. This is her story through deaths, dea ...more
Amy Koller
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“When the Haboob Sings” is a brilliant, roller coaster ride of a novel that is sure to captivate your emotions and your mind. This cultural book is one that will most certainly stick with you long after you have read it and it really pulls at your heartstrings in a wide variety of ways. “When the Haboob Sings” will pull you in from the very first page. The character development is absolutely astounding and the plotline in and of itself is absolutely mind-bending, you will not want to put this on ...more
Ann
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the Haboob Sings by Nejoud Al-Yagout tells the story of Dunya, a woman journalist who usually sticks to safe topics. But after being continually treated as a second-class, less intelligent citizen as a woman, Dunya rebels and decides to write an article that tells the truth about her Muslim society, and the way women are treated.
This article draws her a range of reactions running from praise to death threats. Along with those reactions from readers, Dunya finds that her whole life is being
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Marisa Manuel
When the Haboob Sings is relevant and informative, and it offers a unique perspective on faith and remorse. However, the first fourth of the book felt repetitive, and while the book is a quick, short read, it could have been even more condensed to allow for greater intensity. I also questioned some of the pacing and character reactions—in many sections, the use of language is commendable, but the dialogue and interiority were sometimes abrupt and drew attention from the surrounding drama, render ...more
Mercedes Diaz
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al-Yagout is unafraid of broaching difficult to handle subjects that are both relevant and taboo. Not only does she take on the issues at hand, but she often delivers them from the preferred but often unseen perspective. So in Haboob, we see a woman who is strong but not externally empowered. She has little support around her and is laying it all on the line to get her point across. It’s taking the traditional heroine and stripping away that things that make being a hero such a safe choice such ...more
Celeste
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the Haboob Sings by Nejoud Al-Yagout was an interesting historical and cultural fiction book. I do not typically read these types of books, but I was somewhat intrigued when I heard about it. I was pleasantly surprised with the read, and my focus was held through most of the book. I was very curious about a lot of what this story was filled with, but I also was not entirely sure how I felt about it all. There were times when the story felt like the pieces were not quite fitting together or ...more
Kat
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Nejoud's first book "Motorbikes and Camels" and was excited to pick up "When the Haboob Sings". The title alone was compelling, but the story was even more fascinating. A lot of it revolves around apostasy, which I have been through (from Christianity to Atheism) and was able to draw many parallels between the many different cultures of religion. I loved the nanny analogy. I thought that this was a great tale for anyone who has been persecuted, whether by their family, society, laws, reli ...more
LitPick Book Reviews
Dunya Khair is a 30-something journalist living under Muslim law. When she publishes a series of honest articles expressing critiques of current patriarchal systems and discussing controversial topics (primarily centered around gender equality and apostasy), she experiences more than the anticipated mixture of backlash and acclaim. Set in an unspecified Arabian country, When the Haboob Sings by Nejoud Al-Yagout follows the tribulations of a young woman caught up in the injustices of her society ...more
Ariel G
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of resistance and resilience against the oppressive standards of religious authority, WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS takes no prisoners, even as its protagonist Dunya Khair is imprisoned for exercising free speech. Despite Dunya's strongly held beliefs, her tale never becomes a tract. Instead the book focuses on her intense personal struggles, from her first steps into apostasy to the cascade of consequences that follow.

Dunya's first-person point of view keeps the reader spellbound from page one,
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Tynea Lewis
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dunya Khair, a published writer in an unnamed Muslim country, is wasting away in prison. In her cell with only a mouse and insects for company, Dunya reflects on the events of her life that led to her imprisonment: her outspokenness, her calling to write the truth, and her declaration of apostasy. In her country, not being Muslim is a heinous crime; the only thing worse is writing about not being Muslim. But prison is only the beginning of Dunya’s journey. Upon her release, she’s inundated with ...more
Asher
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the Haboob Sings by Nejoud Al-Yagout is a literary fiction book surrounding the main female character, Dunya Khair. A 'haboob', for those who may not know, is an oppressive, violent dust storm. The beautiful double-entendre that the title delivers carries through to the novel itself, where the protagonist Dunya delivers her story in first person present tense (and some diary entries toward the end). She is a writer and an activist in a place where an oppressive storm much like the haboob sw ...more
Harshita
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When Dunya Khair writes a controversial article in the newspaper challenging the status quo in her country, the response--ranging from adulation to death threats--is swift.

Faced with the dissolution of familial ties and the prospective collapse of her marriage, alongside a looming nervous breakdown, Dunya's consequent actions exemplify both the strength and frailty of the human spirit.

When the Haboob Sings paints a poignant picture of a woman whose unshakeable reso
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