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The Pearl that Broke Its Shell summary The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, series The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, book The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, pdf The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell e3d63497b9 Afghan American Nadia Hashimi S Literary Debut Novel, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell Is A Searing Tale Of Powerlessness, Fate, And The Freedom To Control One S Own Fate That Combines The Cultural Flavor And Emotional Resonance Of The Works Of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, And Lisa SeeIn Kabul With A Drug Addicted Father And No Brothers, Rahima And Her Sisters Can Only Sporadically Attend School, And Can Rarely Leave The House Their Only Hope Lies In The Ancient Custom Of Bacha Posh, Which Allows Young Rahima To Dress And Be Treated As A Boy Until She Is Of Marriageable Age As A Son, She Can Attend School, Go To The Market, And Chaperone Her Older SistersBut Rahima Is Not The First In Her Family To Adopt This Unusual Custom A Century Earlier, Her Great Aunt, Shekiba, Left Orphaned By An Epidemic, Saved Herself And Built A New Life The Same WayCrisscrossing In Time, The Pearl The Broke Its Shell Interweaves The Tales Of These Two Women Separated By A Century Who Share Similar Destinies But What Will Happen Once Rahima Is Of Marriageable Age Will Shekiba Always Live As A Man And If Rahima Cannot Adapt To Life As A Bride, How Will She Survive


10 thoughts on “The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

  1. says:

    This is the story of Rahima and Shekiba Rahima is our main storyteller, who became a child bride at the age of thirteen, and, together with her two older sisters, Shahla and Parwin, were sold into marriage by their father on the same day Her life would be riddled with everything an Afghani woman could encounter as part of the cultural practices in their families The picturesque prose would relate a story of fear, oppression, abuse, love, hope and freedom Her aunt, Khala Shaima, crippled and man less, became her mainstay with the ongoing narrative she told her nieces about their great great great grandmother, Shekiba, who worked as a girl man guard to the king s harem a century earlier Rahima herself became Rahim, a bacha posh, when her mother could not produce a son and it was decided that Rahima had to act as the boy in the family Although it made their life easier, it also allowed Rahima a freedom of movement no other girl ever enjoyed It planted the seed of her eventual decision to break free and fly away, like the birds in her sister, Parwin s paintings But it also created the situation in which her whole life would become a tale devoid of poetry and prose in her new husband s house.Comments I do not have the ability to describe the profound feelings this book has ignited It was not meant as an emotional roller coaster ride for the reader at all, but for me it toggled all the buttons of every emotions in existence There was not suppose to be soppy tears behind the prose It is also one of those books, written so beautifully, which forces the reader to wander word for word through the lives of all the courageous women in Afghanistan This is the story of a country s women, experiencing the political and social upheavals of a country s own weaknesses and strengths, and the role the people play in being forced to be the buffer zone between the competing external powers battling for control over the region and how the people adapt to the challenges and hardships The detailed and rich prose ensure that the reader walks away with a much deeper understanding for a country we only see through the constant wars and upheavals in the media This story contains all the elements that make a book a winner smells, tastes, colors, emotions, history, traditions, politics everything a good book needs to become a great one Rahima became so real that I wanted to write her a letter after closing the book Although it is a fictional tale, written with such grace and integrity, it portrays enough of reality to leave the reader informed and wiser in the end I simply loved this book Readers of Khaled Hosseini will dance for joy This is the book for you HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This is an uncorrected e proof in the Witness Impulse stall by HarperCollins Publishers It was made available by for review


  2. says:

    I haven t found a book by Nadia Hashimi that I haven t liked Maybe it is because I have a preference or fondness toward fiction set in the Middle East or maybe it is because Nadia Hashimi woos me in such a way with her writing, that it is impossible for me to put a book by her down In The Pearl That Broke Its Shell there are two alternating story lines Usually when I m presented with a book written in such a way, I prefer one story to the other Not this time Both stories were equally mesmerizing and moving.The reason I like to read about the Middle East is because I find the culture so interesting In this book, Nadia Hashimi writes about the custom of the Bacha Posh A Bacha Posh is a girl that is dressed up as a boy when a family is unable to have a son In the Middle East, having a male heir is of utmost importance and a family without one is looked upon as weak Therefore, in this book, we meet Rahima and her family They were unfortunately, cursed with all daughters Finding themselves unable to produce a male heir, they turned Rahima, into Rahim As Rahim, Rahima felt free She could roam the streets unsupervised, attend school, and kick a ball around Rahim represented everything that Rahima wasn t in her female role Unfortunately for Rahima, being a bacha posh doesn t last forever When a woman starts her bleeding or illness as it is known in the middle eastern culture, they must be turned back into their female selves When Rahima is changed back. her naseeb. or her destiny. is changed as well This book would not be considered technically perfect in terms of its writing It might not be precise or exact in terms of its grammar But for me. it was a perfect story And that is why I read I crave a good story, like my body craves nutrients Nadia Hashimi nourishes me, she feeds my soul I would settle for nothing less.


  3. says:

    Reading this novel was an unusual experience in that it was a fascinating, but at the same time,a very painful and disturbing read I would go as far as to say this was a real page turner It focused on two different Afghani women One living at the beginning of the 20th century and the other at the beginning of the 21st I was always wondering what would happen next But sadly most of the time it was just a case of their lives deteriorating further and further The saddest and most painful aspect of this novel was that women living in modern day Afghanistan really have it no better than the women living centuries ago The book ends with a glimmer of hope, but the overall message of the book left me wondering if the men of Afghanistan will ever realize the injustices they commit against their women


  4. says:

    I really enjoyed the ideas behind the book but not so much the execution which is why I was kind of leaning towards three stars at first The writing felt juvenile in places and then it would change and be very eloquent I read this book completely and I wanted to finish it I just wish the editing was better and she had made the writing in the story consistent and there were places where I felt like I didn t really get anything out of the scenes I think it s a better read for someone younger but I think if you re well read it s not as satisfying because the author lacks the ability to use language in a subtle way and build the story that way.


  5. says:

    I was a little girl and then I wasn t I was a bacha posh and then I wasn t I was a daughter and then I wasn t I was a mother and then I wasn t.3.5 stars I am in two minds about this book On the plus side I thought the two alternating stories was good, and it really made me think about women s life s in Afghanistan Even though we know that they have very little power or freedom, it is a shock to the system to read what this means when translated into someone s daily life Some of the aspects I enjoyed the most were learning about what a bacha posh is, how the parliament works or doesn t and that disabilities are so abhorred I was really upset about how cruel some women could be to other women, especially the mother in law characters I understand that this is because they have no other power, but I still find it very sad.So why did I think this book was good and not great I have to admit that I m not a 100% sure I suspect it has something to do with the author s writing style I did not deeply connect with any of the characters This is definitely not the general feeling out there when reading other reviews, so please try this book if you normally enjoy this genre I am still glad that I read it even though it was not a 5 star read for me.


  6. says:

    Writing legend and authority on all things Afghani, Khaled Hosseini, endorses this book, and generously wrote thus Nadia Hashimi has written a tender and beautiful family story Her always engaging multigenerational tale is a portrait of Afghanistan in all of its perplexing, enigmatic glory Always engaging Really This unpolished pearl certainly succeeded in breaking my shell and I gave up on it after a charitably gallant effort It s poorly edited, the writing is all over the place and there is a paucity of story, or character, development I wasn t even sensorily transported to Afghanistan It could have been anywhere I can only assume that the Hosseinis and the Hashimis must know each other from attending glitzy social events The Kite Runner it ain t.


  7. says:

    DNF at 25%I have a rule that I do not rate a book unless I read than half and it is valid for this book as well The rule does not mean that I will no write a my thoughts on the bit that I read I decided to buy this because of its subject the difficult life of women in Aghanistan The novel is about the use of the bacha posh custom where young girls are dressed and treated as boys until they become of marriageable age The custom is usually used to save the honor of daughter only families and to allow the women girls in the house to go outside Although the subject was very harsh and my heart should have broken in front of the hardship the characters had to face I didn t feel anything I could not connect with Rahima or Shekiba, the main characters, they felt flat to me The only emotion I acknowledged was anger with the grandmother of Shekiba It is terrible how women tear each other apart I understand they only have power over other weaker women but still, it is not an excuse to act heartless and treat someone so bad I was not impressed by the writing and the dialog did not seem to add anything to the story It could have been an ok read, maybe , but I did not have the patience I can read a book where the writing does not appeal to me if the plot is addictive but it was not the case here The bacha posh custom interests me and I am planning to expand my knowledge on the subject by reading The Underground Girls of Kabul In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan ,which is non fiction and I hope the quality is much better.


  8. says:

    A Ostra Quebrou e a P rola RolouCom 5 filhas para criar e o Padar Jan afectado pela guerra e viciado no pio, a Madar Jan nadava em afli es Esta fam lia precisa dum filho interveio em seu aux lio Khala Shaima, a irm mais velha da Madar Jan Dum filho esse o teu precioso conselho Est s me a dizer aquilo que eu j sei, h que s culos H muito que isso teria acontecido, se a tua irm soubesse ser melhor esposa retorquira o Padar Jan com azedumeAo inv s de ripostar, Khala Shaima contou uma hist ria H um s culo atr s, Shekiba, a trisav das raparigas, trabalhara incans vel ao lado do pai Executava todos os trabalhos pesados e lavrava a terra Tornara se forte, musculada e espada da que nem um rapaz Transformara se em Shekib o filho que o pai precisaraA hist ria n o convencera o Padar Jan, que abominava as intromiss es constantes de Khala Shaima Por m, conquistara a Madar Jan, que vira nela a solu o para as dispensas vazias e as mi das sempre em casa, sem escola.Um filho poderia ir ao mercado regatear pre os e acompanhar as irm s nas sa das.E foi assim, que Rahima, a mais nova das cinco raparigas, virou Rahim Aparou o cabelo e trocou a burca pelas cal as, tornando se o irm o e filho SalvadorA mulher afeg vive no inferno.O seu destino nasce com ela, num prolongamento do DNA que a sociedade lhe imp e Casar, Parir e Trabalhar at Sucumbir Fora de portas o oxig nio lhe negado, a n o ser que saia atrelada a algum macho, nomeado pela fam lia para o efeito.Vive em cativeiro, num estado de pris o permanente, e s lhe permitido sair na companhia dum guarda.Por m, h uma luz ao fundo do t nel a opera o bacha posh , que em afeg o significa disfar ar uma rapariga de rapazE esta a hist ria de duas bacha posh que se bateram pela liberdade arriscaram, sofreram, lutaram, e transitaram da Sobreviv ncia para a Vida Cada mulher afeg uma p rola enclausurada na sua concha Mas h aquelas que se negam a uma vida bivalve partem a concha e rolam, permitindo se um raio de luz nas suas vidas enegrecidas Para a Mulher Ocidental a Liberdade um Direito Para a Mulher Afeg a Liberdade uma Conquista


  9. says:

    The Shell Breakers A Story of Thousand Truths With 5 daughters to raise and a husband addicted to opium, Mother Jan had plenty of worries material This family needs a son, advised Khala Shaima, the eldest sister of Mother Jan You really think so A son Is that your best advice, Shaima Telling me something I m sick and tired to know Maybe if your sister could be a better wife, we already had a boy playing around replied Father Jan sourly, cos he thoroughly hated Khala Shaima always peeping around However, instead of proceeding with that useless conversation, Khala Shaima started a story A century ago, Bibi Shekiba, the great great grandmother of the girls, worked the fields, side by side with her father.In the process, she got strong muscles and a hard skin, just like any peasant male.Shekiba became the boy her father badly needed Shaima s story couldn t convince Father Jan, but it conquered Mother Jan, that saw in it the receipe for the empty closets, and the possibility of girls going out for school A boy could run errands and escort the girls out whenever requiredSo it was time for Rahima the youngest of the girls having a short haircut, trade the burka for trousers, and reborn Rahim, the so much wanted son and brother, who could lead the family to salvation..And this is the story of Rahima Rahim and Shekiba Shekib, two brave women who fought their way to freedomAn afghan woman is like a pearl imprisoned in the darkness of an oyster However, some of them are shell breakers, and start rolling towards the light For Western Women Freedom is a Right For Afghan Women Freedom is a Conquest The pearl that broke its shell may be a fiction, but it s also a story of Thousand Truths


  10. says:

    Bravo, Hashimi on a wonderful debut novel I thoroughly enjoyed this I do think Birds Fly Away would have been a better title I highly recommend this to fans of Khaled Hosseini and I look forward to reading by her


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