I began seriously reading the stories yesterday and I couldn't put the book down (I had to of course leave it on several occassions when the kids wanted me to look at them :P) ...
What I liked the most was the descriptive manner the writer used, I could imagine the places he wrote about and I could connect it to something I saw before, for example when reading "The Night's Catch" I could imagine the small "7ara" - little village setting of long ago- I could imagine the sand under their feet, the hot scorching sun, the smell of the sea not so far away. I liked the reality of the charachters, it was apparent they just wanted an "adventure" of the whole thing, because the three "theives" knew they won't be getting so much from this "adventure" - I laughed at the 15 dhs they got in return for all the trouble they went through O_O which they used away for play, a plate of baryani & dhal, & an Indian movie! But I feel Humaid deserved it because he was such a tyrant for hitting his own mom, it was like a punishment for what he did ^_^ so in my opinion the ending wasn't all that bad for this one ;)
I did feel sorry for Aisha in the "The Important Decision" because she was in a relationship which I felt might seem "light with no ties" but could at any moment become a disaster. It was obvious that Aisha just needed someone to hear and talk to her, she did not "click" with any of her current friends. I could imagine Aisha writing a "Dear Abby" question - to Zahrat il Khaleej lol :P since we are talking local terms - and if I was to answer her I would say:
"It is obvious you are a sweet and kind person Aisha, a person who won't hurt anyone and just wants some love and affection. I would suggest you try to socialize more, find friends who share your same interests and spend more time with them. Visit family more often and keep yourself busy with things that are worthwhile, such as studying something that interests you, Learning the Quran, spending time with children and elderlies etc. Within no time you would forget this "Salim" who is obviously a person with no good intentions towards you! & Allah iy3awithch with someone who deserves you a million times more" :)
In the "The Awesome Lady", I found the idea of monkeys in "expensive silk material" and "golden jewellery for Hanoun's hands and neck" to be exteremly funny! However it was obvious the lady of the house has lost any sense of her mind the moment she did that, and I was not suprised she would go so far as to kill Saloum out of revenge for killing her little dear monkey "Adoul", though I don't think she would do it herself -she probably had someone do that for her, as she was used to have other people do everything for her, whilst she just observed detatched from the world and her senses.
Don't you think this monkey looks cute?!
Posted by: PonderingImprints