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An Unnecessary Woman - Rabih Alameddine
An Unnecessary Woman
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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... show more
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 breathta
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781472119209
Publisher: Corsair
Pages no: 291
Edition language: English
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LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0
Last night I dreamed I wandered the streets of Beirut. That's the power of this novel; it creates a world so complete, a character so alive, they become part of the reader's psyche. I'm generally not a big believer in back-of-the-book blurbs (which can be more politically motivated than authentic ...
Brain Gourmet
Brain Gourmet rated it
3.0 An Unnecessary Woman
I expected this to be overwhelming and with a strong underlying message, but it was rather over the top and failed to get under my skin as I had hoped.
Edward
Edward rated it
0.0 An Unnecessary Woman
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5.0 An Unnecessary Woman
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine is a memorable character study of 72 year old Aaliya, an extreme introvert who is obsessed with literature and who lives virtually as a recluse in her home in Beirut, Lebanon. The book is challenging to read. Nevertheless, regardless of the challenges, someth...
Beamis12
Beamis12 rated it
4.0 An Unnecessary woman
I stared reading this in e-book format a while back and just wasn't in the mood for an introspective novel. Plus there are just some novels I need to read in actual book form and though I set it aside I knew this was a book that I would probably love at some point or another. So it proved. This is ...
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