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Based on diaries and e-mail correspondence that architect Suad Amiry kept from 1981 to 2004, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law evokes the frustrations, cabin fever, and downright misery of daily life in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Amiry writes with elegance and humor about the enormous difficulty of moving from one place to another, the torture of falling in love with someonBased on diaries and e-mail correspondence that architect Suad Amiry kept from 1981 to 2004, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law evokes the frustrations, cabin fever, and downright misery of daily life in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Amiry writes with elegance and humor about the enormous difficulty of moving from one place to another, the torture of falling in love with someone from another town, the absurdity of her dog receiving a Jerusalem identity card when thousands of Palestinians could not, and the trials of having her ninety-two-year-old mother-in-law living in her house during a forty-two day curfew. With a wickedly sharp ear for dialogue and a keen eye for detail, Amiry gives us an original, ironic, and firsthand glimpse into the absurdity — and agony — of life in the Occupied Territories....

Title : Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries
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ISBN : 9781400096497
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries Reviews

  • Ghada Arafat
    2019-04-21 15:08

    I could really relate to what she said about living illegally in Palestine. the term was always ridiculous to me but unfortunately this is how things work in Palestine. For me, I lived illegally but for different reasons. I got my ID just after Oslo during my first visit to Palestine but my journey started when I decided to live in Ramallah to study at Beir Zait university for my masters. And yes in Palestine u can have an ID and still be considered as illegal resident. I have a Gazan ID which means that I can not reach the West Bank but with a special permit. Once it is expired, I had to go back to Gaza or if I decide to remain in WB I will be illegal. Of course the second choice was the most appropriate thing to do especially that I was working and studying in Ramallah at the permit would be mostly for only a week or so. From 1998 till 2000 I stayed in Ramallah and at that time I thought that I had a bad experience, till things became worse after the Intifada. I was lucky that just one day before the outbreak of the Intifada I went to Gaza to live with my parents thinking that I can work on my thesis from there. Which I barely did. It took me 4 years to finish my thesis as I could not make it to the WB at all and I had to go to Egypt to get the material I needed for my thesis. In 2004 I got married and moved to the WB once again. And wooooooo that was a completely different experience, or i would say a nightmare, especially after I became a Mom. I will come back later to explain the difference between the two experiences, but now I have to go.

  • Alyazi
    2019-04-04 10:01

    حين تقرأ لسعاد العامري فإنكَ لا تقرأ عن مأساة الفلسطينية بالندب والعويل على الموتى و الأراضي الضائعة و الحياة الفوضوية ، بل تقرأ عن المأساة بالسخرية و بالضحك الذي سينتهي بالطبع بالبكاء . فكما قال مُريد البرغوثي - بما معناه - : الفلسطيني بارع في تحوير كل ما يحدثْ له لمادة جيدة للسخرية ليتمكن من العيش وسط لامنطقية الإحتلال . شارون وحماتي عمل الساخر الأول ، ويليه مُراد مُراد : لا شيء تخسره سوى حياتك ، و كنت في وقتٍ سابق قرأت مراد مراد بكثير من المُتعة ، ولم أتردد كثيراً لإقتناء شارون وحماتي و التي هي مذكرات سعاد تحت وطئة منع التجول بصحبة حماتها أو هذا ما ظننته فقط في بداية الأمر ، فكتاب سعاد لا يذكر حماتها سوى في فصول قليلة مقارنةً بالمذكرات التي كتبتها سُعاد مُند مغادرتها الأردن كشابة للتدريس في إحدى الجامعات في رام الله ، ثم زواجها إنتهاءً بيومياتها المكتوبة في أوقاتْ الخلوة مع نفسها حين يرفع الحصار وتغادر حماتها مع زوجها سليم للتسوق و زيارة الأقارب .

  • Nojood Alsudairi
    2019-03-31 13:14

    لا أعلم لم طول الوقت كنت أحس أنها تكتب عن شخص آخر لا عن ذاتها. حتى حين تحدثت عن لحظات الخوف لم احس بأنها كانت تتحدث بخجل عن تراجعها. هل تستطيع الحرب أن تعزلنا حتى عن مشاعرنا. حين قرأت البرغوثي وجدته ينظر ويستشف ويكتب أما هي فكانت فقط تكتب. استمتعت جدا بقراءة الكتاب ولكن لو كنت كاتبته لما اخترت له هذا الاسم على الرغم من أني لم اشتر الكتاب إلا من أجل اسمه. لم أقول هذا؟ لأني لم أجد حماتها إلا في عدد قليل من الصفحات ولكن شارون كان فعلا مهيمن.ظلمتِ حماتك يا دكتورة سعاد :)

  • Saleem Khashan
    2019-04-25 10:16

    الترجمة ليست سيئة والكتاب مسلي ذكريات متنكرة تحت إسم رواية، تحكي يوميات الأحداث اليومية تحت الإحتلال في زمنين مختلفين (الانتفاضة الأولى والثانية) محزنة حتى الضحك ومضحكة حتى البكاء، بسيطة اللغة، عبثية النظرة وأنا أعجبتني وسلتني. المشكلة اننا محتاجين مليون كتاب كهذا ليحكي مأساتنا للغرب عسى ان يأتي جيل بعد خمسين سنة يدرك حقيقة ما تعرضنا له من تشويه ودمار من الإسرائيليين (تعرفوا صارت موضة نفرق بين اليهود وإسرائيل وكأن 90% من الشعب اليهودي لا يؤيد موضوع إسرائيل تأييد مطلق!) فحتى العرب أصبحوا ينظروا للموضوع ثم يلوحوا بأيديهم على الفلسطينيين عليكم اللعنة أزعجتوا إسرائيل المسالمة وحكام العرب.

  • Amanda Ishtayeh
    2019-04-07 08:56

    Please read this book! It is what I have been trying to tell everyone about the Palestinian occupation. It is not about the religion it is about the people. The people that want to write, attend concerts, feed their kids, go to work! The Israeli's are wrong in their treatment of the Palestinians. This was a quick read about a women who lives in the West Bank and her experiences.

  • Bayan
    2019-03-28 16:03

    Little is known about the normal Palestinian life except for conflict & occupation. This book gives you a look on an ordinary Palestinian's joys, sorrows and sufferings in a fun way. And that makes it all that different and special.

  • Sabrisab
    2019-04-09 16:59

    4stelle per simpatia e per solidarietà a Suad Amiri. I suoi diari fanno a tratti sorridere, pur essendo un'amara ironia quella che usa per scriverli, per raccontare la vita quotidiana in un paese quasi costantemente sotto coprifuoco, dove per spostarsi di pochi chilometri si è controllati più volte, per avere dei documenti in "regola" sia un'impresa che richiede anni di pazienza ed altre bazzecole del genere. finora ho trovato utile leggere i suoi libri per scoprire fatti della storia della Palestina che non conoscevo.

  • Yamama shakaa
    2019-03-30 12:19

    اثناء قراءة الكتاب ‏تذكرت كل ذكريات الانتفاضة الثانيه ! القرف و الملل اللي كنا عايشين فيه و الاخبار الماساويه و المدارس الشعبيه ..عائلة الشعبي .الصبانه اللي هدوها الله يهدهم جدار الفصل .. الاجتياح . منع التجول الدبابات منع السفر .. كيف كنا لما نسافر انام باريحالاني انا عايشه بفلسطين كتير اشياء كانت تحكيها احس انها اشي بديهي من واقع عايشينه !بس مهوالقراء ممكن يكونو مش فلسطينيين فبلزمهممليت في بعض الاجزاء بس الكتاب ذكرني بكتير اشياء ...!و هي صارت تحكي عن كلبتهة نمورة .. و عن بعض مواقفها مع حماتها كنت استتقل دمها ..

  • Dana
    2019-03-28 09:08

    Suad tells the story of every Palestinian's struggle to live and find joy against the odds of the Israeli occupation. She manages to do so in a very hilarious way (i'd literally start laughing out loud while reading this!). This book is a great read, even for all you who prefer fiction and non-politics, this nonfiction does not come short of being interesting and full of funny pulling events which anyone would be interested in reading. A must read!

  • ala'
    2019-04-04 13:54

    كتاب ممتع جدا :) القراءة الثالثة تصنع فرقا حقا ، هذه املرة قرأت الكتاب بروح مختلفة عن قراءة المرة الاولى ، هذه المرة أقرأه وأقرأ ما آل إليه وضع الفلسطينين ، وأقارن .. أضحك أحيانا ، أفهم ما تتكلم عنه سعاد في الكثير من الاحيان ، كتاب يستحق أن يقرأ ..

  • Samar Dahmash Jarrah
    2019-04-07 09:04

    Although the occupation is beyond sad, i could not stop ;aughing out loud! Helarious what a mother in law can do. A must read!

  • Mohamed Omran
    2019-04-21 15:54

    وحكايا مارشا وصوفي وديانا وسامنتا وكل الغزاة في الوطن تحت مسمى التجارة الحرة والتعاون الدولي .وحكاية يوسف حلمي المنتج السينمائي في محاولته اليائسة لاستلاب حياة على وشك التلاشي ،ومحاولته أيضاً لتسليم أوراقه إلى آخر قد يحمل راية الفن ويعلن عنه باعتباره صحفياً ، وكيف أنه غيب زوجته في حياتها واستحضرها ميتة . حجب الحب عنها بينما كانت في حاجة إليه ، و منحها إياه فيما تتسع لروحها رحمة خالقها .رواية تغريدة البجعة هي حكاية مصر الوطن والحب والثقافة الذي اختطفته الغربان وترك أبناءه الشعراء والفنانين والعشاق يدورون في فلك لا يعرفونه ويتلقون الهزيمة تلو الأخرى .رواية تكشف الفاجعة مؤداها أن انتبهوا أيها السادة فالأمريكية مارشا تحكم الصفوة وطفل الشوارع كريم المصري يحكم العشش .

  • لين الوعري Leen Al Warie
    2019-04-15 17:05

    أحببت السخرية المرّة وردات الفعل المتسمة بالجنون في يوميات سعاد العامري، توثيقٌ مهم لمعاناة الضفة الغربية من وجهة نظر شخص يعاني مثل البقية من يوميات منع التجول والإضراب والقمع والحواجز والتصاريح وعدم الحصول على لم الشمل والهوية.

  • Aya Al-Oballi
    2019-04-07 12:10

    This is what resisting through humor looks like. You will laugh, a lot - and cry a little.

  • Shahda Mahouk
    2019-04-01 12:01

    لطيف لطيف لطيفجميل وعذب ومحبوك بطريقة لطيفة يستحق القراءة ..

  • امتياز
    2019-03-26 15:01

    كتاب كأنه صفحات مقتطعة من دفتر مذكرات الكاتبة تنقل فيه صور وأحداث ووقائع للأفراد الفلسطينيين ومعاناتهم تحت الاحتلال الاسرائيلي في مدينة رام الله

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-25 11:00

    Great humorous (though I did cry multiple times) book on living in Occupied Palestine. Lots of the same heart breaking stories you have always heard-olive groves demolished, people forced to leave their homes in 1948 (the other day at my international ladies' program we had cultural day and a little old lady got up and told in broken English how she fled her home in 1948 and has never been back to Palestine since yet she proudly writes it each week on her name tag as her country), security at airports, check points, not being able to get to work, not being able to get to school, not being able to see family, Saud was even separated from her husband for a while, house searches, cars flatten, curfews-and all of this for law abiding Palestinians. Its a great read to open your eyes and get your blood pumping.I do recommend Blessed are the Peacemakers by Audeh Rantisi (a Pal pastor) and Light Force by Brother Andrew (an unbiased outsiders thought) for a more uplifting and Christian perspective. But this personal account from a free spirited nonreligious lady is good.And while she doesn't go into causes or solutions it makes me sad to think this whole nation of people are living under such oppression (or they innocent now? not really but that doesn't change the original thought) because one European nation killed a bunch of Jews and other European people said well let's give them a country where they lived 2000 years ago before another European nation kicked them out.

  • Diane
    2019-04-17 12:00

    Close-up view of what it's like to live in a state of constant harassment punctuated with periods of anxious boredom and bouts of violence (not to mention curfews). (Makes the DMV, my usual candidate for purgatory-on-earth, seem like a very genteel garden party.) The subtitle says a lot - it's basically a diary, so daily details abound and predominate. And since Ramallah is a difficult place to live, they're more interesting than they might be, altho also much more appalling. I can barely imagine what it must be to be an architect interested in preserving historic Palestinian buildings! Has to be one of the world's sadder job descriptions. But vivid as the author makes daily life in Ramallah, I found myself wishing for a section of thoughtfulness and reflection about her situation and choices and their meanings, a section that doesn't exist. For all that she strives for a certain amount of humor in this book, there seemed to me also a lot of very thinly veiled anger. Some perspective would have been very welcome.

  • Priya D'souza
    2019-04-16 17:03

    Sharon and My Mother in Law refers to Ariel Sharon and Suad Amiry's 91 year old mother in law, both of whom have important roles to play in making Suad's existence unbearable in completely different ways.Suad is an architect from Ramallah who is clearly in love with her city. She talks about her experiences in the city under Israeli occupation with frankness and humour that will leave you in tears one minute and snorting your coffee out your nose in helpless laughter the next. The runins with Israelia soldiers, the paranoia and hysteria that come from being under constant curfews, surveillance and violence, living in a land where it's easier to get a residential permit for your dog than it is for a married woman to be with her husband, all this interspersed with the ordinariness of life lived in a society, serve to make this book a an insightful and entertaining read.

  • Morgan
    2019-04-11 16:51

    This was a really interesting book. It was assigned for a class and I had sort of read something like it before but it was unique in the way that it really opened up my eyes to what was going on in Israel and Palestine. The situation there was like this gray fuzzy thing that the local news glazed over and always painted the Israel side as the "virtuous" aside rather than showing what it really is. This book didn't go into the vicious detail that it could have, and the terrible things that is happening to theses Palestinian people, but it could have. This book has informed me and intrigued me to be better informed on what is happening in the world and the injustices that are still going on. In short: This is a good read, not heavy on the politics but still there is enough being said that it tells the reader a story of what's happening to these people and how they live day to day.

  • Kerry
    2019-03-25 12:55

    I did like this book, but was a bit disappointed that so much was left out. Although this was just supposed to be a compilation of writings the author had made chronicling her experiences as they happened, I felt it would have been more powerful to "fill in the gaps" a bit and to explain what happened to everyone and where they are now. This approach, however, would make this more of an historical fiction piece instead of it's current non-fiction style. All in all, though, the story was interesting and did give a glimpse into the suffering and hardships Palestinians have endured during the Isreali occupation.

  • Mohsen
    2019-03-29 16:09

    Probably the best contemporary Arabic book that I have ever read concerning this topic. Not sure if I'm saying this because of the writer's profession as an architect, but she has captured my attention with her words effortlessly. I have never recommended a book so much.

  • Enas
    2019-04-09 11:03

    A lively nice account of what life under occupation is like. It is rather accessible, amusing and light. There are tiny little things that we do everyday to go about our lives and this books shows you how different these things are when you do or try to do them under occupation.

  • Nour
    2019-04-02 11:55

    لطيفة و سلسلة و أسلوبها بالسخرية مميز يبدو أنني بعد هذه الرواية سأقرأ أعمالها الأخرى أيضاً

  • Foxglove
    2019-04-12 14:10

    Admittedly, her unwavering support of Arafat poisoned the entire book. You can hate Israel for all i care, but at least admit the "Old Man" screwed over Palestinians just as thoroughly.

  • Mais
    2019-04-03 13:59

    النجمة الرابعة لحديقة حيوانات قلقيلية .. مش فاهمة علاقة نهايات سعاد العامري مع الحيوانات..

  • Taj Saleem
    2019-04-15 14:50

    interesting, amazing, heartbreaking in a sarcastic way.

  • Layan
    2019-04-08 12:55

    A fantastic way to describe the occupation and living under constant curfews & the daily struggles Palestinians face. It is narrated in a very sarcastic and ironic way. This book will leave you crying because it is an emotional rollercoaster... It made me re-live all the memories of growing up during the Intafada and the daily harassments we face on checkpoints

  • Chiara
    2019-04-01 11:56

    Entrare nella quotidianità di una famiglia durante le giornate e le ore di coprifuoco, un libro che ti mostra i disagi e le conseguenze portati dall'occupazione israeliana in Palestina. Suad Amiry con la sua ironia mostra anche la normalità di un quartiere con le proprie storie e disavventure.

  • Einas
    2019-04-20 17:05

    مذكرات يومية تخطها سعاد العامري لتصف الوضع الفلسطيني اليومي عبر لغة ساخرة. بيد أن تجربتها بدت سطحية للغاية وسخريتها لا تعكس حقيقة الكوميديا السوداء التي يتسم بها الواقع الفلسطيني. لم أَجِد في هذه الرواية ما يقارب توقعاتي منها.