An Unnecessary Woman
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An Unnecessary Woman  (English, Hardcover, Alameddine Rabih)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9781472119155, 9781472119155
  • Pages: 304
Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's 'unnecessary appendage'. Every year, she translates a new favourite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read - by anyone. This breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman follows Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colourful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya's own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her ageing body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left. A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, the prodigiously gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a magnificent rendering of one woman's life in the Middle East.
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Book Details
  • Corsair
  • 28 mm
  • 240 mm
  • 155 mm
  • 558 gr
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A book written with intelligence!

Though in the starting i didn't understand where the story is moving but slowly & steady the plot shape itself & by the time you'll be finishing it just one word came to your mind, EXCELLENT.
I was able to relate myself with the female protagonist at some points.
Do read if you want something new apart from love stories.

Pooja Verma

Certified Buyer, New Delhi

Jul, 2015

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