Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Book Review: Ruptured - Tarek Refaat

Synopsis"A year and a half after bringing her attacker to justice, rape victim Farid is trying to move on with her life. But now she faces a new set of challenges as she faces a society that instead of embracing her as a victim, tears her apart with its looks and whispers, a society that judges her blindly and silently, wonders if she asked for it. Farida faces her biggest challenge yet: the fight for her very identity and her right to live as a whole person" (Taken from Goodreads)

Review -  A story told in very simple terms and use of English.  It looks at how rape victims are perceived in society in Egypt.  How the females automatically assume that is the victim's fault and that Farida brought her troubles on herself.  It is the men in the neighbourhood who feel sorry for her and reach out to treat her in a neighbourly fashion. 

After a year and a half of piecing herself back together Farida feels able to venture back to work and the majority of her employees are very pleased and welcome her back with open arms.  Unfortunately, in the world of journalism there are some very ambitious rivals who make life as difficult as possible for Farida.  A moving story which touches on faith, love, hatred but above all human kindness.  3*

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