I’ve read this twice now. The first time was very confusing and because I had a reading group discussion coming up I read it again. I had a feeling I’d really like it once I got the characters straightened out.
by Jokha Alharthi
2019 / 256 pages
read by Laurence Bouvard
rating – 7.75 / historical fiction
So I did read this book again, but it still wasn’t entirely clear. It is historical fiction, but the time frames aren’t chronological. There is some magical realism in it. I guess the reader is supposed to figure out who these people are and their relationship to each other along with the sequence of events. That’s a rather tall order imo.. .
Another theme is women’s “liberation” as it applies the social scene of marriage. The women in Oman went from being slaves to careers and driving cars in a few decades.