Friday Finds -- May 21, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Finds Hosted by MizB at Should be reading, this meme asks you what great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

I didn't really have many finds this week, so I took the time to look back into my TBR. Two of them particularly caught my eye. I had debated posting them last week, so instead I put them up now.


Can you imagine a woman being stoned to death after her husband, bored of her, deliberately and wrongfully accuses her of infidelity?

Soraya M.'s husband Ghorban-Ali, was a shiftless, ambitious man, prone to rages and dreams of wealth. He wanted to get out of his marriage. When Soraya began cooking for the widowed husband of a friend, he found his excuse. Abetted by village authorities and aided by Islamic law, he accused his wife of adultery.

Soraya M. - rendered mute by the injustice of the accusations, exhausted by her husband's constant abuse and her grinding daily routine - said nothing in her defense, and her silence was taken as guilt. Perhaps, too, she knew that her protests would not be heard. She was taken away, buried up to her shoulders and neck in the ground, and then stoned to death. Day by day, hour by hour, the author re-creates Soraya's unbearable ordeal, providing the reader with an eyewitness account of a terrible miscarriage of justice. The book - already an international best-seller - also eloquently reveals the ever-growing disparity between the fundamental rights of men and women in Muslim society today.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Can you even resist that cover? It is something I would love to use as a wallpaper in my laptop.

Lloyd Burko used to be a stringer living in Paris. He's still in Paris, but now he's just an impoverished former journalist who pretends to have a computer and whose latest wife has moved in with the guy across the hall.

Arthur Gopal is languishing as an obituary writer until a death in his own life enables his advancement by erasing his humanity.

Hardy Benjamin is a business writer, savvy and knowledgeable about corporate finance but utterly hapless in romance.

What they have in common is a never-named paper, whose history is doled out in brief chapters beginning in 1953. But, while the newspaper is its unifying factor, the narrative's heart beats with the people who work there. Rachman's ability to create a diverse group of fully formed individuals is remarkable. Characters range from a kid just out of college who learns the hard way that he doesn't want to be a reporter, to an Italian diplomat's widow. Some are instantly sympathetic, others hard to like. Each is vivid and compelling in his or her own way. The individual stories work well independently, even better as the author skillfully weaves them together. Cameo appearances become significant when informed by everything the reader already knows about a character who flits in and out of another's story.


11 comments:

Roseann's 1001 Books said...

Hi Aths,

I actually already have The Imperfectionists requested from my local library and I have been thinking about watching The Stoning of Soraya M, but I was worried about being able to handle the subject matter. I have now requested a copy of the book as I think I can handle reading about such heinous matters much better than watching them reenacted.

As for The Arrival, it sounds very interesting, yet another for my TBR pile.

Hope your paper is going well. I am luxuriating in my summer break as I will be taking three classes in the fall.

Roseann

Marg said...

I saw the trailer for The Stoning of Soraya M at the movies the other night. It looks like a very powerful movie and it is another interesting career choice for Jim Cavaziel (or however you spell his name)

bermudaonion said...

Both of those books look great! I imagine The Stoning of Soraya M is heartbreaking.

Carina said...

The Stoning of Soraya M. looks really great. I've added it to my wishlist!

My finds for this week are here.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

You're so right, I can't resist that cover. Simple yet adorable and I love the font.

Happy weekend friend :)

Alayne said...

The Imperfectionists is on my TBR. Great picks! My finds are at The Crowded Leaf.

Alyce said...

The Imperfectionists looks good. The Stoning book looks very upsetting (and rightly so I'm sure). I would have to be in the right mood/place to be able to handle reading that.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I've read good things about The Imperfectionist. Not sure I could read The Stoning.

Emidy said...

Whoa - The Stoning of Soraya M. definitely sounds like a heavy read. I'm not sure I'd be able to handle it! It's probably an amazing book, though.

Diane said...

The Stoning of Soraya sounds so intense. I am addicted ti it already,just from the little you wrote about it.

Erisian (FNORDinc.com) said...

almost bought the imperfectionists the other night.. i am envious.