Nino Frewat's Reviews > Superman Is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions

Superman Is an Arab by Joumana Haddad
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did not like it
bookshelves: non-fiction

One star because this book is weakly constructed, unedited and a repetition of clichés which have stopped being provocative decades ago.
The writer might be angry but she is above all extremely hurt from her relationships.
The book then comes as a cocktail of ideas, poems, recommendations, quotes, testimonies and unreferenced facts against patriarchy and some men. Some men, because Joumana still wants to be love and get married. Having spent 140 pages destroying all the structures of marriage, she still advocates for it as the solution (one of them at least) to the problems of unhappy, oppressed women.
Despite the idea she wants to sell us that she is liberal, liberated, an arab women who dares speak about sex and the good use of the penis, her loving words, her words that capture her honest emotions remain those addressed towards monogamous marriage.
It's this type of contradiction which is at her self's core and which extends across the book's arguments and analysis (though both are an exaggeration) that makes it a difficult read.
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Reading Progress

July 9, 2019 – Started Reading
July 9, 2019 – Shelved
July 9, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 9, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction
July 9, 2019 –
page 19
11.88% "Terrible... Why hasn't this book been edited before publication?"
July 12, 2019 – Finished Reading

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