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Description - Nine Parts Of Desire by Geraldine Brooks

'Frank, enraging and captivating.' The New Yorker Australian writer Geraldine Brooks is now known internationally for her bestselling novels, but as a foreign correspondent Geraldine spent six years covering the Middle East. And when her poised and sophisticated assistant at the Cairo bureau of the Wall Street Journal suddenly 'adopted the uniform of a Muslim fundamentalist', Geraldine Brooks set out to discover the truth about women and Islam. Sometimes adopting a chador as camouflage, she was granted meetings (and often astonishingly intimate insights) by everyone from Queen Noor of Jordan to former Iranian President Rafsanjani's daughter. She met with Palestinians protesting about 'honour killings' for adultery and sheltered girls transformed into warriors by the Emirates' armed forces. Throughout the Middle East, Brooks was invited into the homes and lives of these women where she found real stories that overturn western stereotypes. This beautiful new edition includes a powerful new Afterword by the author.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781863256124
ISBN-10: 1863256121
Format: Paperback / softback
(199mm x 128mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Bantam
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Nine Parts Of Desire by Geraldine Brooks - Reviewed by (10 Jun 2011)

This is Geraldine Brooks' true account of her time in the middle east. Much of her time there was spent living with women and hidden behind the veil.

Her initial aim was to tell the story of feminist Muslim women. It seems there were not that many and those that were didn't want to talk / be identified because they feared for their safety.

What eventuates is more an account of the oppression of women in Islamic states. Nonetheless it makes for an extremely interesting read as the stories of several women unfold. Some embrace their place in society, others don't, but very few really attempt to rebel. It is difficult to do so and often very dangerous.


Author Biography - Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is the Australian-born author of the bestselling novels Year of Wonders and March, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. Her eagerly-awaited third novel, People of the Book, will be published in 2008. She is also the author of the acclaimed non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence, both published in Australia by Bantam. A graduate of Sydney University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their son.

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