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فاتن

إنها رواية للشبان والشابات. هي قصة فاتن، فتاة قروية ذكيةوطموحة تجبَ على ترك المدرسة والانتقال إلى بيروت للعملكخادمة. بإرادتها القويّة ترسم مخططًا لتخرج من المأزق الذيتجد نفسها فيه. وجود بعض الأصدقاء من حولها، ومثابرتهاعلى قرارها للتحرر والنهوض بنفسها إلى مستقبل أفضل،يوصلان فاتن إلى تحقيق طموحاتها.The story is set during the civil war in Lebanon and Faten, a 15 year old, isإنها رواية للشبان والشابات. هي قصة فاتن، فتاة قروية ذكيةوطموحة تجبَ على ترك المدرسة والانتقال إلى بيروت للعملكخادمة. بإرادتها القويّة ترسم مخططًا لتخرج من المأزق الذيتجد نفسها فيه. وجود بعض الأصدقاء من حولها، ومثابرتهاعلى قرارها للتحرر والنهوض بنفسها إلى مستقبل أفضل،يوصلان فاتن إلى تحقيق طموحاتها.The story is set during the civil war in Lebanon and Faten, a 15 year old, is being transported from her village in South Lebanon to Beirut to work as a maid. She is forced to leave her school and start a new life in Beirut. She works in a home where a middle-aged couple lives with their two daughters. Her father shows up at the end of each month to collect her salary and she despises him. She falls in love with the neighbour, Marwan, who helps her get information on how to do home schooling in such a way that she accomplishes the remaining two years of her schoolwork to complete her Baccalaureate which will grant her access to university to become a nurse. Faten succeeds and ends up sharing a small apartment with her close friend, going to university, and working evening shifts at the hospital reception. Faten presents the struggle of post war and the overcoming of difficult circumstances by being persistent and pursuing one’s dream and achieving future goals....

Title : فاتن
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ISBN : 9789948157786
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Number of Pages : 168 Pages
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فاتن Reviews

  • Carol
    2019-01-22 19:29

    The Servant tells the story of Faten, a 15-year old girl living in a village in Lebanon with her parents and several siblings, whose father arranges for her to move to Beirut and work as a maid/servant, 24/7, for a family with two teen daughters. Faten’s paychecks are paid to her father. As a result of her father’s dictate, Faten’s education abruptly ends, and she is thrust into a world where she has no family and one friend. The primary focus of The Servant is on how Faten develops and executes on her plan to pursue her education, with the ultimate goal of becoming a nurse. The first half of the novel focuses on Faten’s constricting circumstances – her lack of free time off to explore Beirut or pursue other interests, her lack of money since her earnings are going to her father -- and the barriers these circumstances present to Faten’s educational attainment. She pursues a relationship with a young engineering student, Marwan, living in a neighboring building – not initially or primarily for romantic reasons, but as a means to gain his knowledge and access to information, in order to determine how she can complete her high school education and be accepted into a college-level nursing program. Ultimately, as the GR description above indicates, a romance of sorts develops between Faten and Marwan. The second half of the novel is all about how Faten obtains her short-term educational goals with the assistance of Marwan and another female friend in Beirut, including establishing independence from her father so that she can remain and study in Beirut. Not only does The Servant offer a, “you can be anything you want to be if you are diligent and put your mind to it” message, it gift-wraps for the reader a happy ending in every respect.So . . . why only 3 stars for the Servant? The Servant has as its clear purpose empowering young Lebanese women to pursue their education and independence first, and romance and marriage only once education and independence have been secured. I applaud these goals and they square with my politics and values 100%. Having said that, I expect an author as esteemed as Fatima Sharafeddine to present, first and foremost, authentic characters who act consistently with their own context, background and values, and to put those characters in the Beirut of 1987, e.g., give the reader a strong sense of place. Here, in her first YA book after a long string of successes with books targeting children under 12, she did not meet my expectations on either count.Taking the second issue first – Beirut in 1987 -- If not for the dust jacket and the GR blurb, I wouldn’t have learned that The Servant takes place in 1987 until at least halfway through it, and then only because of a reference to music popular at that time. There’s one scene in the first third of the book where a bomb lands in Beirut, but the family with whom Faten is staying are relatively unconcerned, and there is no mention for the remainder of the novel of any stress, worry or change in behavior, or any dialogue at all indicating concern about the war, the outcome, personal safety or the safety of friends and family. Prior to The Servant, I have not read a single novel set during a time of war that was so absent any indication of war or its effects on society. Candidly, it seemed as though Sharafeddine picked a year in which to set her story and then promptly forgot about the civil war and unrest that continues to impact Lebanon today. Fatima Sharafeddine was born in Beirut, but lived elsewhere for her childhood, returning to Lebanon 3 years before the Lebanese civil war commenced, and moving time and time again over the next 15 years within Lebanon for survival. Hence, given Sharafeddine’s personal experience living in Lebanon during the 1987 war, her choice to avoid the topic almost entirely is odd. As a reader, I was incredibly disappointed. I anticipated gaining from this novel a sense of what is was like to be a 15 – 19 year old woman living for the first time in a major city, away from my parents and siblings (are they okay?), during a civil war, wondering whether it mattered if I pursued an education, whether the universities would survive the war, whether I would live to the age of 25. Similarly, Sharafeddine creates Marwan as a Christian character, but doesn’t disclose this fact to the reader until 75% of the way through the book when Marwan is explaining to Faten that his mother has selected a Christian girl to be Marwan’s wife. Was Faten oblivious to the significant impediment her being Muslim and Marwan being Christian presented for long-term romance and marriage – in 1987? I didn’t buy it. In terms of lack of authenticity, two key points are representative. The first is a sudden shift in the approach and decision of one of the daughters (of the family with whom Faten lived), that results in her marriage and departure from the household. We’re given an explanation, but there’s insufficient foundation for it. Then later we see why. This was the most glaring example in The Servant of Sharafeddine’s use of a character to hammer home her point that women shouldn’t marry (or reproduce) until they achieve their education. This character’s actions have as their sole purpose showing teen female readers “what no to do”, or “Be like Faten, not like The Daughter.” The second plot point that wasn’t believable for me was Faten’s father’s prompt (and nigh unto effortless on Faten’s part) forgiveness of not only her lying to him but also the loss of income for the family that results from her prioritizing her goals over helping her family. A Lebanese dad in 1990 or so interpreting his daughter’s aggregate actions not as a betrayal, but excusable – without the passage of any time, any heart-rending pleas from her for forgiveness? Perhaps, but Sharafeddine’s choice to make Faten’s father’s disapproval a non-issue ducked what could be a major impediment to independence and education for many young women – the struggle to achieve their independence and educational goals without losing the love and respect of, or letting down, their families. How will Faten’s mother and siblings fare without her income contributing to the family pot? She doesn’t ask and no one expresses worry. In fact, Sharafeddine makes every potential obstacle -- war, lack of resources, homesickness, family disapproval – every one but how to sneak out and take 3 days of tests -- melt magically away for Faten. She could have made The Servant a 5-star book, as well as supported her moral tale, by giving Faten more depth and showing Faten addressing and overcoming at least one of those obstacles, given her target YA audience.The Servant is written in a simple, straightforward style. YA readers though deserve more from an author of Sharafeddine’s talents than a patently moral instruction to women to make sure they don’t let boys get in the way of obtaining their education, and thereby securing their independence. I hope we see the day when she writes the YA or adult tale she has the talent to write.

  • Lila
    2019-02-06 23:10

    What a wonderful surprise this short novella turned out to be! Because it is written for young adults I was expecting it to be dumbed down, but that's not the case at all! It's a story where the protagonist just happens to be young. I read it as part of a reading challenge to read books by women writers from the Middle East and am happy I came upon this delightful book. Written in clear language and direct storytelling, The Servant tells the story of 17 year old Faten who comes from the country to work as a maid in Beirut. Because she was only 15 when her father made this arrangement, Fatem was never able to finish school. Secretly she dreams of not only getting her baccalaureate, but going on to university and becoming a nurse. On the balcony of the home where she works, she watches a handsome young man leave and return to the adjacent appartment building. She slowly arranges to meet him, not so he can rescue her, rather so he can help her find out how she can complete her studies!The message in this novel is for young Arab women is to finish school and get a career before getting married. However it is not heavy handed and the story is enjoyable. What also made the novel interesting is that it is set in Lebanon in the 80s in the midst of the Lebanese civil war. Those unfamiliar with the situation will be surprised to read that in spite of the intense war, life went on. People in Lebanon studied, married, went to restaurants, partied in spite of the war. I knew this already from the many Lebanese I know, but it's good to read about. The author Fatima Sharafeddine up to now has only written children's books. This is her first young adult novel. I like her writing style and hope she writes more!

  • Marcia Lynx
    2019-02-12 18:06

    The "Best Book" prizes are out at the 2010 Beirut Book Fair, and Fatima Sharafeddine's first young-adult (YA) novel, فاتن, has very deservedly taken first prize.The book follows a bright, ambitious, sensitive young girl---فاتن---as she is brought by her parents to Beirut for the first time and placed into service with a wealthy family. What happens to her and to the family's elder girl, Dalia, form the center of the novel.The novel is both a breakthrough for Sharafeddine, who had not previously written YA, and for the entire YA genre in Arabic. Sharafeddine's book---along with two by Samah Idris, and another by him released at this year's Beirut fair, فلافل النازحين---provides a model of simple, beautiful, straightforward prose, written in short sentences for easy and enjoyable digestion by adolescent readers.Oh! And ألف مبروك، يا فاطمة. We all can't wait for the next one!(Oh, and although I felt it was a bit heavy on denouement, I loved the end.)

  • Sahar محفوظ
    2019-01-20 18:21

    قلة هي تلك الروايات التي تشدك من أول صفحة إلى آخرها، فتبدأ بها ولا تريد لها الانتهاء، تتحيّن الفرصة والوقت القصير لديك لتفتح صفحاتها وتستمتع بها، تنهيها خلا يومين لا أكثر ثم تفكر بإعادة قراءتها مرة أخرى مباشرةً، تبتسم حيناً وتدمع عينك حيناً... أخرى، هذا ما فعلته بي "فاتن". أسلوب سلس، لغة سهلة، شيء يذكرك بتلك الروايات القريبة من القلب، النابعة من الحياة اليومية، فيها الكثير من الذكريات والتفاصيل الدقيقة التي تجعلنا نعيش مع بطلة القصة وننتظر خطوتها المقبلة، مليئة بالأمل والثقة بالنفس. ليست فقط للشباب والشابات، إنها لنا جميعاً، لقد ملأتني سروراً وأملاً، لقد غيرت نظرتي الى من تعملن بالمنازل مكرهات لا حول لهن ولا قوة.

  • Salam Ch
    2019-01-28 16:30

    رواية تربوية هادفة واقعية و شيقة ، باسلوب سهل وبسيط غير ممل مع المحافظة على مستوى جيد للغة العربية، مما يشجع فئة الشبان على متابعة القراءة خاصة في اللغة العربية . للاسف المكتبة العربية فقيرة جدا" بهذا النوع من الكتب مما يؤثر سلبا على نسبة القراء للرواية العربية.برواية فاتن تبني الكاتبة فاطمة شرف الدين قاعدة متينة لقراء الرواية العربية من الجيل الجديد!! chapeau bas :-)اكثر ما لفتني في الكتاب هي جملة ذهبية في موقعها و توقيتها من الرواية: " عليّ أن أعرف كيف أمارس حريتي بذكاء".مما يدل على ذكاء تربوي للكاتبة!!!highly recommended for young adults :-)

  • Hoda Marmar
    2019-01-30 22:25

    I read it in one day. Such a beautiful book for young teens and young adult. Can hardly wait to discuss it with the bookclub members ♥

  • Rihab Sebaaly
    2019-02-11 18:27

    .قراءة ممتعة جداً

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-30 00:10

    Back in December and January I signed up for many (too many) reading challenges and as per usual I am drastically behind especially with my Middle Eastern Reading Challenge which is why when I saw that my library had The Servant I had to read it.The Servant was a really wonderful coming of age story about a young Lebanese girl named Faten working in Beirut during the late 1980's during a turbulent time in the city's history. Faten is a maid for a family but dreams of bigger and better things for herself and wants to be a nurse. Unfortunately her father forces her to work and takes all her pay leaving her stuck as the lives of others seem to pass her buy in her two years of servitude.I really enjoyed this book because I love reading novels no matter the genre set in different places and this was the first book I've ever read set in Beirut and it won't be my last. There is such a sense of hope in Faten's story and I really connected to her as a character. I hated the way she was treated as a servant not as a human being but I loved how strong she was and how determined she was to get her education even if it got her into trouble I liked how the novel ended. It definitely ended on a brighter note and there was a lightness to it that was absent in the beginning.This was definitely Faten's story and she was the main character and the most developed out of the rest of the cast of characters and I just wish they also had a little more substance which is why I did not give this book 5 stars. I enjoyed seeing Faten grow and become a strong independent young woman and thought her story was inspirational.The writing is what surprised me most since I'm not usually a fan of shorter novels but author Fatima Sharafeddine created such a realistic story I was very drawn to the story. While the book was a short and quick read it did pack a punch and there was a lot of skill demonstrated in the way the author chose to tell her story. Overall, this is probably one of the best YA books I've read this year. It was a nice change to read a book set somewhere else in the world and see life through another persons eyes during a hard time in history. Plus I loved learning about a culture that while I'm not totally unfamiliar with still has some mysteries for me and I enjoyed being exposed to it through reading Faten's story.I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary young adult fiction that is set in a unique place with a strong heroine and a story about discovering one's own sense of self.

  • AgnesO
    2019-01-24 22:29

    The Servant is an international young adult novel written and translated by Fatima Sharafeddine. The book was recommended by Professor Quiroa, RLL520 course instructor. This realistic-fiction novel is set in war-torn Lebanon during the late 1980s. When Faten’s father arranges for her to work as a live-in maid for a wealthy family in Beirut, the fifteen-year-old Faten is forced to leave her village life. Suddenly, deprived of her family, friends, and education and treated callously, Faten feels trapped and hopeless. At least, she has Rosalynn, an African immigrant working in Beirut, to confide in. And there’s the mysterious young man whom Faten gazes at adoringly from the apartment window. The novel’s plot unfolds when Faten, now seventeen, decides to seek help from the young man, Marwan, as she plans to secretly continue her education and follow her dream of becoming a nurse despite the obstacles she must face. The story draws in the reader awakening sympathy for this brave and ambitious protagonist who, despite her socioeconomic status and personal fears, strives to achieve her goals and escape the life of servitude. Additionally, the novel promotes self-determination and independence as Faten’s choices set her free from a rather conservative way of life. I think this novel would resonate with adolescent readers who may, just like Faten, struggle to determine their futures. Furthermore, the author portrays the quarrel between modern and patriarchal society shedding light on Faten’s dilemma as she struggles for autonomy and freedom. Student discussions about the differences in class, wealth, and society’s strict expectations would also be appropriate.

  • Kiara
    2019-02-01 19:22

    This novel provides a look inside a young woman name Faten's life as she struggles with balancing her family expectations and completing her own goals. During her early teenager years, she is force to work as a maid in Beirut amidst chaos and war. This centra question is: How can Faten complete her goals while obtaining her independence and securing her lover's attention? This is a great read for young adult readers because it discusses the complexities that one endures when taking ownership of their life. In addition, this will be great to utilize in a middle school environment as an opportunity to expand students' knowledge of other cultures. Also, this novel can be used in a classroom to discuss themes of risk versus safety and internal happiness versus external happiness.

  • Melissa Powers
    2019-02-05 17:09

    The Servant is an engaging coming of age story. Faten moves away from her home, family, and friends when she is seventeen years old to become a slave for a wealthy family. She feels like any other seventeen year old would in this situation, hopeless, but instead of letting that hopelessness sink in she begins to dream. She dreams about how her life could be if she were not a servant anymore. She even falls in love with someone who is of a different socioeconomic status, and in Lebanon that does not happen. The Servant is a story of hope. Hope when you may think there is none. The Servant would be an interesting book to do a culture study on with students in the classroom. They would be able to compare Faten's life as a seventeen year old, and the life of a seventeen year old in America. They would be able to empathize with young adults from other cultures, and see the hope they have in their own lives.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-24 23:20

    Fifteen-year-old Faten quits school, leaves home, and becomes a maid for a wealthy family in Beirut. She does all this at her father's behest since he has decided that she must be the family breadwinner. In fact, all of her earnings go to home, leaving her with little financial resources to find a way out of this dead end. Often, the family members treat her with disdain and can't even be bothered to call her by her name when they want her to do something. As the years pass, though, Faten continues to dream of having more, and with the help of some old and new friends, she fashions a plan to attend the university and become a nurse. The author does an excellent job of describing war-torn Lebanon in the late 1980s as well as creating a likeable character in Faten. What makes this story engaging is how determined, resilient, and resourceful she is, studying on her own, and clinging to hope for a bright future even while her love interest, Marwan, a musician and engineering student who lives across the way, seems unable to stand up for himself and his own dreams since those clash with what his parents want for him. Ultimately, this book celebrates the power education has to provide better, brighter futures for women such as Faten who deserves so much more than serving others for menial wages that she never even gets to keep.

  • Int'l librarian
    2019-01-19 17:02

    There’s a good foundation for a story here. But it would be a lot better if it was written like a good story. Instead, it too often reads like a director’s prompts for a TV documentary. Faten is the main character, an admirable strong-willed Lebanese teenager. Her father has hired her out as a maid in Beirut, but she has plans for a better life. There’s a fairytale romance tangent, but the rest of Faten’s efforts and obstacles are entirely believable, and interesting. Or at least it’s interesting as long as I focus on the events, and not the words. Sharafeddine originally wrote this book in Arabic, and provided her own translation. She has taught culture classes at Rice University in the US, but she still could have benefited from a more thorough Arabic-to-English overhaul. The 3rd person narration is very detached, as in the following scene, when one of the family members is about to get married. “Here is May, surrounded by the seamstress, the hairdresser and the makeup person. Faten hopes with all her heart that May is not making a big mistake that she will soon regret.” The telling significantly outweighs the showing through most of the book. By the time I reached the final page, I wasn’t really sure how much I cared about what just happened.

  • Elise
    2019-02-05 16:05

    This book would have been a 4- 4.5 star book had the ending gone down differently. By that I mean that it seemed rushed. "The Servant" is a shorter book, but the plot was progressing with just the right amount of detail and timing until about 100 pages in. Suddenly, once the protagonist starts to resolve her circumstances (which I was loving!) the author seems to breeze us through towards the end. Is there a sequel planned? If so, then the ending makes sense. Other than that, this was a pretty great YA novel. I would have loved to learn a little more about the conflict happening in Beirut during the setting of this novel, but the author doesn't really go into it. The protagonist, Faten, is inspiring. She was forced into a confusing situation by her family right in the middle of her high school years to work as a maid. Faten realizes that she's far too ambitious to be able to live as a maid for the rest of her life. She takes life into her own hands and makes strides towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a nurse. So, because of the way the book ended, I am only going to give it 3 stars.

  • Solveig
    2019-02-03 16:27

    Dette er en veldig god ungdomsroman som jeg leste på kun en dag og som jeg gjerne vil anbefale alle tenåringer å lese. Teksten er lettlest, men Sharafeddine klarer likevel å formidle en historie som får meg til å heie på hovedpersonen Faten og håpe, slik hun håper, at hun skal nå målene sine.Den gir innsikt i livet, drømmene og ønskene til en libanesisk jente i Beirut på midten av 1980-tallet. Faten har jobbet som hushjelp siden hun var femten, men begynner etterhvert å drømme om å skaffe seg en utdannelse og bli sykepleier. Hun har lite frihet i jobben sin. Er det da mulig for henne å nå målet sitt?

  • حياة الياقوت
    2019-02-14 00:00

    رواية للناشئة، مشوقة جدا. تدور الأحداث أيام الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية. قصة كفاح في سبيل الحرية والطموح. المثلبة الوحيدة هي علاقة فاتن بمروان؛ أرى أنها خطرة وكانت فاتن محظوظة أن مروان كان يحبها ولا ينوي أن يتسلى بها. كما أنه يصعب التصديق أن فتاة قروية في ذاك الزمان هي من تبادر بمراسلة الشاب وتقبل بالخروج معه دون أن تتوجس.لم أستحسن موافقتها العودة إليه في النهاية، ربما لو انتهت الرواية بسؤاله وترك تقدير الرد للقارئ لكان هذا أجمل. أجمل ما قرأت في الرواية قول فاتن: "ما النفع إن كنت لا تفكر بهذه الطريقة لكنك تتصرف بها؟"

  • Faten
    2019-01-30 17:04

    جيدة جداً للمراهقين في عمر بطلة الرواية ، أول ما خطر لي أنها مناسبة جداً لأختي الصغرى ، وأخيراً يوجد لدي شيء ما مناسب لها هادف وشيق بنفس الوقت ، من المثير رؤية توجه الكتاب لهذه الفئة التي تضيع بين أدب الأطفال وأدب البالغين.

  • Shashmin Kan
    2019-01-30 19:11

    Boka tar opp et viktig tema!... men jeg skulle ønske forfatteren formidla dette på en annen måte. Hendelsene føltes "kunstige" og "enkle" ut.

  • رحاب
    2019-01-22 19:22

    lovely! Although it's supposed to be targeting young adults, it's a very mature novel, delicate and empowering and totally mood-lifting :) Bravo Fatma! :)

  • Dhai
    2019-02-11 20:18

    فاتن كانت من اجمل ما قرأت، تجعلك الرواية تقرأ من غير ملل، فهي تحمل التشويق وتجعل القارئ متحمس لمعرفة ما سيحدث بعدها، إلا ان النهاية لم تكن متوقعة فكنت اود ان تكون افضل من هكذا. لكن بشكل عام انها من افضل الروايات التي قرأتها وستبقى قصتها مرسوخة في ذهني للأبد.

  • Marie the Librarian
    2019-02-11 00:15

    This was okay. I can see the importance of this book for some teens and young adults. I love Faten's empowerment at the end. But the POV annoyed me. Or the writing style. It was just a bit confusing. The themes are really important though!

  • Sereen
    2019-02-10 17:06

    3.5/5

  • Becky
    2019-02-15 17:10

    A short, sweet, inspirational book about a young Lebanese girl who manages to rise above her circumstances and expectations to forge her own path to a life of her choosing. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

  • Nicole
    2019-01-24 17:03

    I enjoyed reading this book and being informed on the culture of the middle east. I liked also seeing the differences of how men and women are supposed to act to socially please everyone. Faten is a very calm and collective person, who really wants to shy away from the lifestyle of arranged marriages and wants to seek an education for herself. We're also being introduced to the character May who has here own wishes but is discouraged by her parents, it's very eye opening because it shows that women in this culture are just expected to be housewives and not follow their own dreams. Faten doesn't want to be apart of the statistics, she has dreams and wishes of her own. Throughout the story she slowly accomplishes these goals, and she strengthens herself as an individual. Which is what I love about the character Faten.

  • Marion
    2019-02-02 17:23

    "The Servant" is a coming of age story, set during the 1987 Lebanese Civil War, of 15-year-old Faten who is send to work as a live-in maid for a wealthy family in Beirut, away from her family, friends, and education. Wanting more out of life though, she seeks the help of her friends, which includes the handsome Marwan, in assisting her with her dream of becoming a nurse and finding the freedom to live her life. The Servant is a powerful story of love, bravery, and freedom. The story offers a lot of historical description and insight into Lebanese culture. Even though Faten’s story is set against harrowing circumstances, her positive attitude never waivers and is inspiring. She is hopeful and determined even when the odds are against her and it appears she will not reach her goal. While the book is translated over from Arabic and set against a different culture, issues of love, patriarchy, social status, and tradition are ones found in nearly every culture and one's people can identify with.The book was very enjoyable and even though it was short, it still contained a lot of information and left a lasting impression on me. It was informative and gave me further insight into Lebanese culture and conflict. I have always been slightly aware of what was happening over there, but this book really shined a new light on it and made me understand these issues on a much deeper and meaningful level. Even though the characters were not very well developed, Faten’s story was still eye opening and a humbling reminder of how lucky we are in America. "The Servant" is a quick read that packs a punch.

  • Karla Fuerte
    2019-02-16 19:30

    The Servant takes place during the Lebanese civil war in 1987. Faten is fifteen when she is sent to Beirut. Her family was having financial struggles so Faten’s father sends her to become a maid to make ends meet. For two years Faten does nothing but work rarely seeing her mother, and her father every month going to pick up the months’ worth of pay leaving none for her. Faten does not like the life she has and wants to change that. More than anything Faten wants to go to university and become a nurse. She eventually asks her handsome neighbor Marwan if he will help her find out about university requirements. He helps her a lot. Faten secretly goes and takes the exams which last three days. But Faten gets caught and is fired. She returns to the village and stays with her friend Dalal. Dalal’s father tries to convince Faten’s father to let her go to university and also forgive her for lying to him. Her father forgives her and lets her find a job, and study in Beirut. Faten is finally living her life the way she wants. This book is great for older kids I think it shows them that they make their own destiny. They can work hard and have the future they want. Also this book will also hopefully inspire students to find something that truly interests them and go for it. I like how this book is written in different points of view. Such as being able to look into what she was thinking because it made her seem much more real and relate able.

  • Munaya Al salhee
    2019-02-11 16:25

    3.5/5 Stars. لم أتوقع أن يعجبني الكتاب لهذه الدرجة, لانني عادة لا أقرأ الكتب العربية. ولكن الكتاب اعجبني كثيرا.قصة الكتاب يتكلم عن فتاة أسمها فاتن من ضيعة في لبنان ذهبت لتعمل كخادمة في إحدى البيوت في بيروت في عمر الخامسة عشر. في بداية القصة تبدو فاتن فتاة ليس لها أي رأي في أي أمر تفعله من أهلها أو من أهل المنزل التي تعمل فيه. ولكنها بعد مدة تصبح لها الرغبة بأنها تريد إنهاء دراستها التي حرمت منها بسبب إصرار والدها على العمل والصرف لهم , وبعدها تبدأ قصة معرفتها بمروان وشعورها بأنه بإمكانه مساعدتها في إكمال دراستها. القصة شيقة لأنها تخبرنا عن وضع الفتاة في بيروت في عام 1989 وقت الحرب والإنفجارات وكيف أن داليا ابنة السيدة سوسن التي تعمل لها مرغمة على اختيار زوج لها وكيف أن أهلها لا يفهمون حبها للرسم والفن. فاتن تريد أن تكمل دراستها وتريد هي بنفسها ان تختار الزوج التي ترغب بالزواج به. نهاية القصة معلقة نوعا ما بعدما طردت من منزل السيدة سوسن وأنها تم قبولها للعمل في مستشفى, بأنها مع صديقتها دلال عندما يتمشيان على الشاطىء يعرفان أن مروان ينادي فاتن وفاتن لا تقول له غير أن يلقاها في مقهاهم المعتاد وهي تتمنى أن مروان لم يعد ضعيفا وبانه يريد أن يرضي أهله. أملي الوحيدة بأن فاتن ومروان تزوجا وبأن فاتن أكملت دراستها. XD!!

  • Hilary
    2019-02-09 17:17

    “The Servant,” written and translated by the author, Fatima Sharradine from its first publication in Arabic in 2010, offers an interesting coming-of-age tale of hardship and romance set against the dramatic backdrop of Lebanese Civil war. Readers who are able to set aside the stilted prose and third person narrative, will discover a strong protagonist in fifteen-year-old Faten, torn from her school, home, family and friends to become a maid for a wealthy Beirut family.Faten proves resilient and resourceful. She continues to study in secret, dreaming of a better future, despite the fact that all of her wages are sent back to her father to support her family, and despite Marwan, her love interest’s inability to stand-up to his parents to pursue their relationship and his own dreams. Sharradine does a fine job of depicting another culture through Faten’s eyes. History comes to life as Faten pursues her goal to become a nurse against all odds during the war-torn 1980s. Despite the dark beginning, the novel ends on a happy note.

  • Huda
    2019-02-08 21:03

    تبدع الكاتبة فاطمة شرف الدين في كتاباتها للأطفال ممايجعلني حريصة دائمًا على قراءة جديدها. هذه المرة أهدت فاطمة "فاتن" لفئة الشباب، الفئة التي كانت -وربما لازالت- تعد شبه منسية (لا أذكر أنني كنت أجد كتبا عربية تناسبني عندما كنت في المتوسطة )تجد فاتن نفسها في موقف لاتحسد عليه، حيث تضطر -وهي ابنة الخامسة عشرة- إلى ترك "الضيعة" بمن فيها من أهل وأصدقاء لتعمل في منزل أحد الأسر بمدينة بيروت.وبالرغم من أن هذه التجربة تبدو سيئة إلا أن فاتن نالت ثمرتها طازجة حلوةأحببت في فاتن إيثارها المتوازن، واستخدامها لحريتها "بذكاء" بالغ.أحببت أيضًا عناد داليا التي أرى فيها كثير من فتياتنا.  تتطرق القصة إلى العديد من المواضيع من تشابه المجتمعات واختلافها والحياة المستترة للعاملين والعلاملات تحت أسقفناالزواج والدراسة والعلاقات الأسرية والتحقيق الفعلي للأحلام  ، والكثير مما لايجعلني أشك أن جميعنا سنجد أنفسنا في واحدة أو أكثر من شخصيات القصة شكرا دكتورة نجود بحجم السماء الواسعةورحمة ربي الأوسع

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-02-17 21:01

    First published in Arabic in 2010, this is an absorbing story of a teenager coming of age during the Lebanese civil war in 1987 determined to make more of her life than working as a maid for a wealthy family in Beirut, an arrangment her father made to help the family make ends meet. Sharrafeddine explores compelling conflicts and themes in the story: economic class, city life versus village life, the clash between tradition and modern society, and modern women challenging a strict patriarchal society. The story would probably have a stronger emotional impact if Sharafeddine had told the story in first person rather than third. Nonetheless, Servant is rich, insightful historical fiction about a brave young woman's self-determination. Pair this story with Zeina Abirached's graphic memoir, A Game for Swallows (Lerner, 2012).