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  1. I wasn t intending on reading this book Christa Wolf s Cassandra was supposed to be read in it s place, but then I set that aside and reached out to this one instead I think I m fortunate to have it in my collection, though I m not sure it will stay there for long It mustn t have gotten many prints when it was released in English and so I assume it is quite rare I found it at a used book sale one of those massive charity events where you see all sorts of familiar classics and discarded contempor [...]

  2. This is one of those books where you know the outcome at the beginning, but you still hope throughout the story that it ll be different I liked the idea of Sabriya through the lens of her niece as well as reading the story through her own eyes since it offered the chance to see Sabriya from an external point of view while also exposing her internal monologue I wish I knew about Syrian history, though, because I wasn t quite up on who was fighting what and when.

  3. A sad story told in lovely, spare prose a woman living in Syria in the 1920s 1940s finds her life caged and ultimately ruined by imperialism, war, political corruption, and especially gender oppression The weight of the tale is lightened by Idilbi s decision to frame the core story within a narrative told by a younger family member, whose life at the story s end still lies ahead, full of hope and possibility in a modern era That said, one can t read this story now after five years of a brutal c [...]

  4. This is possibly my favorite book how can a girl decide It is in translation from Arabic, but it is beautifully translated Set in Syria in the early 20th century, almost any girl can still relate to feeling some of the same emotions The characters in the book speak to me and you really get caught up in the story It s a pretty quick read and educational at the same time

  5. Sometimes I feel I am like a high spirited dog tethered by a strong chain to a stake fixed to this old house Whenever it tries to slip its lead the chain is made tighter and tighter until it bites into the flesh When it moves, the blood flows and the pain intensified My kind rejects this form of bondage but I cannot free myself of it I am helpless, helpless Ulfat Idilbi, Sabriya, Damascus Bitter Sweet Sabriya portrays life in Damascus in the 1920s, during the French occupation and the nationalis [...]

  6. I read this book for DiversityBingo2017 as a book with an Arab protagonist own voices Sabriya has committed suicide and left a journal of her life for her 15 year old niece In this journal she narrates the Syrian revolution against the French occupation in the 1920 s She narrates the domestic and emotional abuse her family has put her through, the sexism and dichotomy of a society that confines women between the 4 walls of their houses, she also speaks of lost love and death and depression This [...]

  7. This book wrecked me It s been a while since I cried while reading This book is so heartbreaking Sabriya s story, like Syria s, begins so full of promise and hope But after decades of war, Sabriya loses all those she loves and lives out the rest of her days as a living corpse Her story is so much Syria s story Everyone must read this Read it for understanding Read it for romance Read it because it s damn good.

  8. The story of Sabriya is a tragic one, as she is born and raised a woman in a war torn Syria under a recently bankrupt family The story of the narrator s aunt, Sabriya is a good description of the treatment of women around that time not only in Syria, but in the Middle East Heightened by the bloody war that her brother was in, Sabriya s stress was heightened in ways she d never thought possible Just as her life couldn t have gotten any worse, her brother ended up dying and his friend her lover, w [...]

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