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RESPECTIVELY I LIKE THIS BOOK ANDI like this book And like this book better than the author s first book In the Language of Miracles I dislike comparing titles because sometimes it s not a good way to judge either But since I read the first one because this one was not then available and further since I refer to this in my review of the first book I feel I should close the loop here This story has energy something to ropel the story forward Interestingly both books have the element of a sibling who has died Both books also speak about Egypt about Islam and about being Muslim and the many ways one can do so Lastly here I appreciated reading about the Arab Spring in Egypt in 2011 and a Emotions And Understanding passing reference to the Bread Riots of 1977 45I read this intenseowerful and heartbreaking book mostly in one sittingA novel of two very different sisters Set In Contemporary EgyptAfter in contemporary EgyptAfter this and two other books A Door in the Earth and Godsend that also deal with being Muslim among other topics it s time for a lighter readRecommend This beautifully written novel begins with Rose in Egypt sifting through her sister Gameela s belongings to try to understand how she was caught up in a deadly terrorist attack As the story unfolds we find out about Rose s marriage to an American journalist Mark as well as Gameela s La Nacion Como Problema Los Historiadores Y La Cuestion Nacional personal journey to find her own way as a Muslim woman Theolitical underpinnings of the story are illuminating and Rose s relationship with her sister reflect the times I loved this novel and highly recommend it Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC The cover is gorgeous The characters are complex. A owerful novel about two Egyptian sisters their divergent fates and the secrets of one familySisters Rose and Gameela Gubran could not have been different Rose an Egyptologist married an American journalist and immigrated to New York City where she works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gameela a devout Muslim since her teenage years stayed in Cairo During the aftermath of Egypt's revolution Gameela is killed in a suicide bombing When Rose returns to Egypt after the bombing she sifts through the artifacts Gam. This is a delicately told story of two sisters diverging and colliding with the turmoil of Tahrir Suare in the background I love the anchoring in the Arab Spring the exploration of Singapore Math Practice Level 4b Grade 5 politicslaying out in a family as Singapore Math Practice Level 5b Grade 6 politics always does 2 starsA Pure Heart sortrayal of sisterhood is tepid at best The needlessly expository narration the clich d
Character Dynamics And Thedynamics and the storyline didn t really grab me at all This novel reminded me a lot of The Other Americans and many other titles that seemed aimed at an American audienceso we have these two sisters who don t get along one is usually very these two sisters who don t get along one is usually very and Sugar Secrets Luck perceived by the others as conservative the other one is usuallyursuing some sort of academic study she is thought as unconventional she is far spiritedanimated than her sister and she usually ends up falling in love or marring an American guy Maybe I could have looked Sugar Secrets Love past theredictability of the story if said story had been told in an engaging or emotionally charged mannerbut that wasn t the case Here we have very flat storytelling which De Maagd En De Neger 2 Leentje En Sofie provides very little nuance and attempts to create atmosphere by describing each movement its various characters make they sit up they walk here they walk there they move their hands the use their hands to lift objects their legs move and resulting in a slog of a narrative There is this one scene in whicherhaps the author wanted to juxtapose the tension between a group characters by over describing all of their actions during their dinner together Rose Tammy Wynette pulled her hand back She got up to carry the turkey to the countertop and after washing her hands startedulling The Good And Faithful Servant pieces of meat off its carcass Ingrid walked up to the cabinet stretched to reach the box of Ziploc bags Ingrid asked taking thelates from Mark and rinsing them before Balthazar putting them in the dishwasher Rose glanced at Mark who was slowly wiping the table now clear. Eela left behind desperate to understand how her sister came to die and who she truly was Soon Rose realizes that Gameela has left many uestions unanswered Why had she uit her job just a few months before her death and not told her family Who was she romantically involved with And how did the religious Gameela manage to keep so many secretsRich in depth and feeling A Pure Heart is a brilliantortrait of two Muslim women in the twenty first century and the decisions they make in work and love that determine thei. Ed of lates with a wet washcloth his hand going from side to side again and again Mark wiped the table with a dry cloth now rubbing it IN SPOTS SCRAPING AT IT WITH spots scraping at it with making sure every crumb was gone inch was glistening Soon I was tired of reading hrases such as these She did not lift her eyes from her noodles stabbing them with the fork turning it to wrap them around its rongs she opened the
fridge ulled out a cup of fruit yogurt and ate it standingpulled out a cup of fruit yogurt and ate it standing the window The non linearity of the story also served very little Luce S Big Mistake purpose Looking atast events didn t really Fen S Revenge provide us with a in depthortrayal of the various characters but rather it made their shallow characterisation all the glaring We have the American nice ish husband who is bland and in spite of his fixation on Egypt he will never uite understand his wife or her country his douchebag male friend who is the stereotype of the inconsiderate bro dude American the eccentric Polish landladyThe story would have benefited from having a narrower scope giving us an insight into the Introduction To Epilepsy psychology of the two sisters This story could have easily been told in a conventionally linear timeline giving us time to familiarise ourselves with the two sisters to see their bond shift and change over the course of their youth The lastart of book includes the story of a character that should have either been the entire focus of this narrative or merely a backstage figureperhaps the author should have trusted her readers as she didn t uite need to cram in a hurried narrative of a hard working young man who ends up doing an unthinkable act of violence after he experiences hardship after hardship What could have been an interesting story of sisterhood and belonging ended up becoming a rather trite and occasionally tacky narrative that strives to be aesthetic and topicalRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads. R destinies As Rose is struggling to reconcile her identities as an Egyptian and as a new American she investigates Gameela's devotion to her religion and her country The Rose uncovers about her sister's life the she must reconcile their two fates their inextricable bond as sisters and who should and should not be held responsible for Gameela's death Rajia Hassib's A Pure Heart is a stirring and deeply textured novel that asks what it means to forgive and considers how faith family and love can unite and divide.