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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This novel of the harem, originally published in 1958, is a dramatisation of a piece of Egyptian feminine and feminist history. Set at the turn of the century, when Egyptian women were struggling to come forward, it tells the story of life behind the veil and of one woman's rebellion against it. ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Syracuse University Press (first published March 1st 1937)
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Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Out El Kouloub can make you live in places and times you'd never been before by her smooth way of description. ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Had to read this for school, but I enjoyed it so much it's still on my book shelf ...more
Nuha Kabbani
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
While I am reading through the book I felt like I am watching an Egyptian love movie.
In my opinion this book is not covering harem from the Islamic aspect of it, yet it is an opinion of the author from a culture she lived in but not understood the bright side of it. One could ask why wouldn't one marry in a traditional way? What is the difference between a woman living happily and comfortably in the harem and a married woman with ristricted husband? Why not find love with the veil on. Why not b
David Marallag
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Like The Red Tent, I also read this for the same class, this time focusing on Islam. The story starts out slow, but it does give a good introduction to the later conflict. It’s autobiographical nature also helps it give that interesting clash with the first-person’s own biases against the events around her that, hate as she might, still find its way in triumphing over her. It is after all, a battle between tradition and modernity, set in the burgeoning sociopolitical and religious landscape of t ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman, frauenroman
dieses Buch hat mich ziemlich nachdenklich zurückgelassen.die Autorin erzählt die Geschichte von ramsa die aber auch viele autobiografische Elemente enthält .die Tatsache dass vor gar nicht allzu langer Zeit in Ägypten Frauen so gut wie keine Rechte hatten und auch wie das wirkliche leben in einem harem ablief nimmt einem doch so manche Illusion des schönen und geheimnisvollen orients .

das Buch wird aus der Sicht von ramsa erzählt die mittlerweile eine alte Frau geworden ist und sich zurück erin
Gijs Grob
Een als een autobiografie geschreven roman over Ramza, een Egyptische vrouw die zich wil bevrijden van de starre cultuur van vrouwenonderdrukking aldaar, begin twintigste eeuw.

Het taalgebruik is nogal boeketreeksachtig (vooral in de liefdesscenes) en de personages zijn maar matig uitgewerkt, maar het verhaal is zo overtuigend verteld dat het moeilijk te beseffen blijft dat het geen echte autobiografie betreft. De passages over de moeder van de hoofdpersoon boeien door hun exotisme van harems, sl
Apr 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Not that compelling of a story, considering the potential that lay in the breakthrough feminist milestones made by the main character. It just did not fulfill with the storytelling—gaps in explanations of details. Although I did learn alot about the patriarchal society of Egypt and culture which was my main intention of reading this. Also, made me extremely grateful for being a modern, independent and free woman of my own will.
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