Hello Lovelies…Long time no post?! Apologies, apologies. I’ve been having a bit of a tough time, these past couple of weeks…but things are getting better, and I have another book review 🙂
As some of you may know, I started a Buddy Read group on Instagram last year. This month was “Against The Loveless World” By: Susan Abulhawa for our April Buddy Read pick. I definitely give this book all the stars! It was such an impactful, and important story to be told.
As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation.
There were so many times when I wanted to throw the book across the room (do I need anger management?), but I also did not want to put it down. It’s truly a captivating work of art. Susan is one hell of a writer. She is very precise with her words, and you feel them deep down in your soul.
My heart breaks for refugees, and all of the scary, harsh things they have to go through…just to survive! This is an incredible story about bravery, and pain.
Nahr inspired, and empowered me so much throughout her journey. No one should have to make the sacrifices that her, and her people had to make. This book talks about what it’s like to be incarcerated. There is a range of geographic places named, and described. It sheds so much light on shame, and legacy.
Life extremely is very hard, and it’ll kick you down a billion times…but you should never give up!
From Part 1: “You get one more day of self-pity, but tomorrow morning you get out of bed, clear your head, and decide how you will live. It is that simple. You make that one decision. Then you make another, and another. There are no forces holding you in this pathetic state. You are young, beautiful, and healthy. You have a home, family, and friends. Start from there”.
Part 3: “And as unimpressive as I may seem to you, going from medical student to simple gardener, I assure you that you have no clue what is inside of me”.
From Part 4: “The way you live your life in our culture, without apology or shame, even if with sadness, makes you extraordinary and special, Nahr. You, more than any of us, are a revolutionary, and the irony is that you don’t even see it”
From Part 6: As our kiss deepened, became more expressive, thirstier, I was overcome by a desire to weep. No one had ever kissed me with such love, and it occurred to me that happiness can reach such depths that it becomes something akin to grief.
From Part 7: “The state will always find a way to improve in those who are truly free, who don’t except social, economic, or political chains”
Also check TRIGGER WARNINGS before reading. There are a lot, and I honestly didn’t feel like revisiting my memory in search of them.
Also ALSO, Can we get a petition going for all authors to have them in the beginning of books? Not sure what the reasoning is behind that, but I know it would be extremely helpful to us bookstagrammers, reviewers, bloggers etc.
Thanks so much for the support❤︎