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  1. says:

    This was meant to be the ultimate threat the winning card If you don't carry the bundle of your crippled son drape yourself in a black abaya and hop on a plane to Saudi your husband will take another wife You will be replaced; your spot will be taken pg 155This is a strange book As usual I went into this novel completely blind I had no idea what it was about I had no information about the book Imagine my surprise when it turned out I was

  2. says:

    The first book I have read by Leila Aboulela an author I've wanted to read for some time being someone who grew up in one culture and has experienced life in another culture of the variety that interests me the opposite of the coloni

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    The story follows three women Salma Moni and Iman as they undertake a pilgrimage to the grave of  Lady Evelyn Cobbold the first kno

  4. says:

    I could'nt connect with any of the characters I found them annoying and just meh I tried really hard to find any sympathy and anything to like the book

  5. says:

    I was struggling with this book couldn't sympathise with the three main figures found them uite annoying and couldn't relate to their stories I admit that reading a book is not always about finding the main figures

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    It has to be a 5 star read The folklore mixed with religious and moral lessons I loved that there was no preaching morality or religion but gentle nudges to be the best human one can be to let life be honest and accept it's changes To live and grow is as sure as our eventual death That the things change the they remain the same As always Aboulela grips me with her writing and makes me close my eyes and think deeper The dystopian end was a

  7. says:

    I loved Aboulela's The Translator a stunning novel I also liked her early novel Minaret Bird Summons was disappointing to me I liked it well enough for the first half a realistic mainstream treatment than her others I appreciate that the novel

  8. says:

    Leila Abouleila's novel was kindly provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review The book will be printed in November but is already published in the UK and CanadaSalma moni and Iman are three

  9. says:

    I had no contact with Miss Aboulela and her style of writing which means I did not have any special expectations for the book This review is also rather long because I had uite a lot of thoughts on itThat said I was definitely surprised how much I liked this book Although it deals with a religious premise which

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    I received a digital ARC from Netgalley for a fair and honest reviewWow This book was not what I expected When I read the synopsis I was expecting a road trip story about three friends who had all emigrated to Scotland I was prepared for culture shock misunderstandings and some laughs But what Ms Aboulela prov

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Bird Summons

To make an effort to belong And when her old boyfriend Amir starts messaging her she is tempted to risk the life she has worked so hard to build Moni has been caring for her disabled son Adam for five years and is reaching breaking point Her husband wants them to join him in Saudi Arabia but Moni is reluctant to uproot her son taking him to a country where his condition will render him an outcast Iman the youngest of the three in her late twenties and yet on her third husband is burdened by her. I was struggling with this book couldn t sympathise with the three main figures found them uite annoying and couldn t relate to their stories I admit that reading a book is not always about finding the main figures nice and relatable rather also about learning from someone else s experiences that might not be yours but a reading experience is usually so much nicer when you can relate Also style helps and the style switching from a realistic description to some sort of supernatural fantasy with lengthy wise stories told by a bird wasn t mine either In the book Salma Iman and Moni three Arab women living in Scotland are heading off for a week at a loch to visit Lady Evelyn Cobbold s grave view spoiler Salma is a studied Egyptian doctor married to a Scottish person wasn t able to pass her tests to have her diploma recognised in Scotland so then became a massage therapist and feels inferior and like a failure due to not being a doctor any At the same time she s uite bossy and not very considerate of other people s feelings hence why I didn t enjoy reading her interaction with the other two and to top it all accepts a friendship reuest and starts a virtual affair with her university sweetheart whom she had left to get married to her Scottish husband Really So immature Everyone knows you re not supposed to start a new relationship before sorting out your old ones Turns out she s falling for this mainly because he makes her feel like she is a doctor he reminds her of the status she had back home in Egypt Iman is a Syrian refugee in Scotland her main feature is being beautiful and loved by men and a bit lazy trying to just secure a good marriage so that her life can be comfortable and unsuccessfully trying to fall pregnant She was married off at the age of 15 widowed in Syria married again to a criminal who brought her to Scotland but had to go to jail and divorced her to set her free then secretlyunofficially married to another Arab student in Scotland who really just married her for sex so he could stay free from sin On the day they are travelling her husband s family finds out about her and forces him to divorce her which lets her shattered in pieces uestioning marriage as a whole Isn t it just a religiously sanctioned form of prostitution reflecting on how she only self defined through her femininity being attractive to men trying to bare a child then taking off her scarf Moni of Sudanese origin used to be successful in banking then got married and had a disabled child that is absorbing all of her energy to the point that she has completely cut off from her husband and only lives for her son Adam Her husband who doesn t really lovecherish the disabled boy is currently in Saudi and everyone around her wants her disabled child to join the father but she refuses as she believes the living conditions for her disabled son are best in the UKDuring the trip all three women let out their ugly sidesegos and start blaming each other for 1 having an affair 2 taking off the scarf 3 refusing any intimacy with the husband each one not really able to see their own shortcomings All three of them are then going through some form of mysticmagical development where realism doesn t play a big role any Salma believes her university sweetheart has come to the loch to join her in the form of a runner that she is following Iman is trying on different costumes cuts her hair and talks to a bird that tells her mystical stories and Moni is spending her time with a little boy who plays with her and happens to have the same name than her son Salma then loses all her musclesforce and becomes all flat Iman loses her femininity and becomes an animal and Moni diminishes in size with every bit of food that she is feeding the little boy who in turn becomes a giant and takes away all her space The flat mat Salma the animal Iman and the little ball Moni get lost in the forest and the bird comes to help them find their way back Obviously in the end the symbolism of it all becomes clear and all three of them can to some extent free themselves from their issues and egos hide spoiler Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, years and is reaching breaking point Her husband wants them to join him in Saudi Arabia but Moni is reluctant to uproot her son taking him to a country where his condition will render him an outcast Iman the Her Husbands Christmas Bargain youngest of the three in her late twenties and The Geography of Witchcraft yet on her third husband is burdened by her. 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Beauty Treated like a pet by her lovers and friends she longs to be alone and freeOn a remote hillside in Inverness each woman is visited by the Hoopoe a sacred bird who comes with fables from Muslim literature and Celtic folklore forcing the women to uestion how much they have sacrificed in the name of love Bird Summons is a haunting fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and religion faith and culture collide confirming Leila Aboulela as a leading storyteller of our times. Leila Abouleila s novel was kindly provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review The book will be printed in November but is already published in the UK and CanadaSalma moni and Iman are three Muslim women coming from three different Middle Eastern countries Egypt Sudan Syria with a very varied education and background Some have moved to England for reasons of marriage others for study and now they are at a turning point in their lives Salma lives a consolidated marriage and has a devoted husband but her life as a loving wife and mother no longer satisfies her because of her nostalgia for the past Moni takes care of her son with cerebral palsy but she cannot count on the support of her husband who would like to deny the existence of their son and move on with his life Finally Iman is the youngest and the most attractive of the three She has three marriages behind her and although she has never been independent she wants motherhood and domestic happiness The three women are united by a journey Salma Moni and Iman venture on a journey to Scotland The trip will provide them with an opportunity to reflect on the anxieties anxieties and doubts of the phase they are going through in their lives Their company will allow them to better understand themselves The narrative is on the whole very enjoyable The rhythm is smooth but gradually it becomes less and less pressing Although the psychology of the personages is approached in a subtle way I find that in the end the writer takes us in a rather predictable direction It s not an ugly book overall on the contrary The Muslim religion is described in a multifaceted way and without generalizations as well as the life of those who are forced to leave their country of birth and even after years finds themselves regretting the place where they were born and raised The female characters are outlined with delicacy and depth and the image that is given back to us of them is absolutely detailed Although these are not stereotyped women the author insists too much on describing some of their personality traits and the reading ends up being redundant I think that although their introspection is subtle the parts dedicated to their thoughts are really too repetitive They slowed down the reading and the rhythm was affected In the complex it remains a good novel and I am convinced that the author has written and will undoubtedly write other works of value so I will certainly give her another opportunity However it is not an unforgettable reading or one that leaves its mark

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Salma Moni and Iman are embarking on a road trip to the Highlands to pay homage to Lady Evelyn Cobbold the first British woman convert to Islam to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca The women are looking for than a holiday Each wants to escape her life; each wants an answerSalma came up with the idea for the trip Born in Egypt she moved to Scotland for love giving up her right to practise medicine Now a successful masseuse married to David and bringing up their children she feels that she still has. The story follows three women Salma Moni and Iman as they undertake a pilgrimage to the grave of Lady Evelyn Cobbold the first known Western woman to undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca The characters often veer towards caricature the paper thin veils with which Aboulela dresses their personalty punctuated intermittently by demonstrations of depth whether it is Iman s tepid act of rebellion or Salma s harmless flirtation Whilst Bird Summons should be praised for depicting three Muslim women in sometimes nuanced ways the characters still feel like the sum of their parts rather than being well developed characters and so Iman is seen solely through the lens of her beauty and Moni through her tribulations as the mother of a disabled son who has been rejected by his father Whilst there shouldn t be a problem with this we know that Aboulela is capable of better such as her tender nuanced depictions in Elsewhere Home as opposed to the broad brushstrokes of Bird Summons Nevertheless Bird Summons is an enjoyable read The passages which most stand out are the various interactions between the protagonists whether it be their bickering or their bonding and the end of the novel as Salma reaches her apotheosis as she reaches the tomb of Lady Evelyn and realises that this voyage of self discovery is something that she had to do alone and which has made her appreciate all that she may have been beginning to find mundane from her husband to her children to her flawed friends Bird Summons is perhaps a demonstration that Aboulela is only a brilliant writer in bursts and in the miniatures she displays in her short stories and on occasion in Bird Summons

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About the Author: Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela grew up in Khartoum Sudan where she attended the Khartoum American School and Sister School She graduated from Khartoum University in 1985 with a degree in Economics and was awarded her Masters degree in statistics from the London School of Economics She lived for many years in Aberdeen where she wrote most of her works while looking after her family; she currently lives and lect