The Forbidden Woman tells the story of Sultana, an Algerian woman doctor who, after years spent living in France, returns to her native village in order to attend the funeral of a former lover. The clash between her origins and the Westernized life she now leads is explored in telling detail against the backdrop of current events in Algeria. A work that combines insight inThe Forbidden Woman tells the story of Sultana, an Algerian woman doctor who, after years spent living in France, returns to her native village in order to attend the funeral of a former lover. The clash between her origins and the Westernized life she now leads is explored in telling detail against the backdrop of current events in Algeria. A work that combines insight into both political and personal matters, The Forbidden Woman develops a complex portrait of a country torn between progress and prejudice, secular life and Islamic fundamentalism. In this passionate book, Malika Mokeddem places special emphasis on the position of women in modern Algeria. The frequent indignities and injustices suffered by the narrator reflect the plight of women in a society marked by patriarchalism and religious fundamentalism. Yet the novel also suggests that, along with modernization, there are emerging demands for women’s rights in Algeria—demands that might well signal a vastly different future for this tormented nation....
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The Forbidden Woman Reviews
Absolutely the perfect stereotype of French prose at its worse. The characters are overly sentimental to the point I found myself hating them all. The endless metaphores are exhausting. The few parts I liked about the socio-economic issues impacting Algeria are overshadowed by whining and chapter-long explanations for feeling melancholy.
Mokkedem's novel about an Algerian exile who returns to the country when her ex-lover dies has a lot of ideas, but it doesn't quite bring them together. Also, the 10 year old character talks like a combination of Rhett Bulter and Camus, which is, well, weird.
Malika Mokeddem is one of those authors whose work I’ve bought because I very much wanted to read some of her books, but never got around to reading anything by her through lack of time. Until this past week, when I read De ontheemde for the spring challenge of the Netherlands & Flanders group. What a marvellous book. I loved both her style of writing as well as the story itself, which was absolutely fascinating and enlightening. She obviously knows what she’s talking about and it is needless to say really that the book taught me a lot about Algeria and the position of women of in this country.
Hmm, this is one of those books that I really enjoyed reading & which never ceased to surprise me and teach me something new, but I think it actually could have been just a little... I don't know. It was satisfying, yes, but not 100%. Still, this is one book I would have read even if it wasn't for a class, but which I never would have found- it's a bit obscure, as in not available in English, that I know of. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about this one for a while, and not just because we'll discuss it in class.
I was disappointed in the book. For the most part it was predictable and in my opinion the author only touched the surface of what could have been presented about the condition of women in Algeria. I had expected much more from it.