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Paperback The Sand Fish: A Novel from Dubai Book

ISBN: 0061744670

ISBN13: 9780061744679

The Sand Fish: A Novel from Dubai

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A novel of Dubai, The Sand Fish by Maha Gargash offers readers a fascinating glimpse into another corner of the world. Set in the 1950s in what is now the United Arab Emirates, The Sand Fish tells the poignant and powerful story of a rebellious young woman trapped in a repressive society--as richly atmospheric a look at Middle Eastern life and culture as The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Alaa Al Aswany's The Yacoubian Building.

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So pleased to read a novel based in Dubai :)

I was so thrilled to read a novel based in Duabi, a fascinating record of culture and behaviour in this area in the '50s. The book starts in the remote mountains of Ras al Kaimah / Musandam (I think), where two matchmakers arrive to tutor Noora in the art of becoming a wife and pleasing her husband. With this, her wild childhood, running free in the mountains, comes to an abrupt end. She is to be the third wife of a much older man; her main responsibility - to produce a baby. She is not without temptation from younger men, however, and sails close to the wind on several occasions. There is some wonderful imagery - a water filled cave hidden in the depths of arid mountains is one example that comes to mind. In addition there was a vivid description of the souk as Noora lands on the shores of Sharjah (??). The language is also interesting; although extremely readable, there are give-away phrases of the author's background: " crept into Moza's home on whispering tongues". ".....she clutched the bedpost and became one with the bursting clouds". The position of women is well illustrated, particularly in relation to multiple marriages. The man is all-powerful and the wives have to get along as best they can. Pearl diving is mentioned too, plus the ensuing health problems of fading eyesight and poor lungs. We discussed this book at a book group and I'll agree that it's not without its flaws, but for me the reading experience was well worth the 5* that I have given. More please Ms Gargash.
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