An Emotion of Great Delight
It's 2003, several months since the US officially declared war on Iraq, and the American political world has evolved. Tensions are h ...more
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*screaming of joy because this is a new sad contemporary and she’s a bomb writer who deserves to write good books*
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I'm stuck between 2.5 and 3 stars. It's been a long time since I've been this conflicted about a book.
We follow Shadi, a muslim girl living in a post 9/11 America. She struggles to find balance between her beliefs and her feelings, having a lot of problems at home. She takes us in an extremely emotional journey, one that you can't leave without feeling the weight of it in your h ...more
Look, whatever our main character's beliefs are, it is irresponsible, as an author, to throw out something as damaging and misleading as the above and not address it again. While there is no doubt that many in the world, Taliban or otherwise, force particular groups of women to wear the burqa, there are many other women in the world who wear the burqa as an expression of their faith ...more
Emotional indeed. This had me in tears almost every time I picked it up, but I'm sorry to say I still think the title sounds dumb. However! That did not dampen how much I enjoyed this book.
Tahereh Mafi has an exceptional talent for evoking emotion (oh my, how many times will I use that word today). Her writing is moody and readable, and she does a very nuanced portrayal of faith, religion, and community. I love that Mafi explo ...more
I LOVED Mafi's AVLEOS but An Emotion of Great Delight fell flat. The constant jumping between the events (I'm not sure I'd consider them flashbacks) and the addition of some characters who absolutely didn't need to be added. This story could have been much stronger had it focused on THE EMOTIONS within it -- grief and joy. I also did not like how little it focused on Shadi's mother and the struggles she had.
Saying the cons, I also h ...more
I dunno about this book. I finished it a couple of days ago and I’m feeling conflicted. On one hand, the writing style is still beautiful and I finished it one sitting. There is no doubt about that. But on the other hand, I felt a terrible disconnect with the main character and what the whole point of this book was. I'll explain what my issue was in the spoiler part of this review.
That ending? What to say about ...more
It’s so rare for an author to be able to make you feel everything the character feels.
This book was a beautiful story of pain and moving on from that pain.
TW: Self harm, death, 9/11
[btw, Tahereh just said via IG that this book will be about finding joy, so the book description is indeed fascinating:::::::: not puzzling::::: rather...... intriguing. i cant wait to get my soul gutted]
The first problem I had with this book is that there is just way too much going on, in a short amount of time. We meet Shadi, and we learn the following
* Her Dad is in the hospital
* Her Brother has died
* She lost her best friend
* She likes he ...more
I finished this book in 2 days (I started it last month and then put it down for a month) . I should not be surprised because I read A Very Large Expanse of Sea in one day, but it made me feel completely different. Aside from similar central topics and breathtaking covers, these stories were polar opposites, in the best way.
Shadi is a Muslim teenager trying to finish high school in the years following 9/11. On top of the difficulties the Muslim community is ...more