“Fabulous Veils is an astonishing book. The best thing about it is how it opens people’s minds about the lives in these categories of our society. I’m so proud that Iman Refaat had chosen to speak about the Egyptian woman as she is badly portrayed & strongly oppressed.
Her book has taught me that we need to acknowledge these issues especially all these old barbaric thoughts & rituals, also to stand up for our rights.
I really enjoyed reading the novel, it has such a profound message and it is delivered marvelously. Definitely one of my favorites. I recommended it to all of my friends. Can’t wait till her next work!”
“It took me a week to read it. I felt as if I lived with and known each one of the characters. I hated them all, loved them all, empathised with them all, pitied them all and felt their happiness and sorrows. Beside the writing style and how it makes you see the scenes in real, the stories are so deep and so touching. Everyone who is oppressed is a victim by choice and criminal by force.
Oppression is a closed end circle that must end.
We must not accept to live the life of victimhood or oppress others for the sake of social acceptance.”
“Refaat’s book is a window on the daily agony of many Egyptian women – of the same age bracket of Gameela, Madeeha and Fatema, as of older and younger. It shows the complexity of anxieties that go way beyond the obvious financial challenges, to the emotionally draining binds that most must submit to.
With 2017 labeled by the Egyptian government as ‘the year of women’ by the government, with officials making announcements about state support for women, Fabulous Veils offers a serious reminder that many injustices go deeper than what the state is yet willing to acknowledge.”
“Fabulous Veils is not just a novel, it is a reformation movement waiting to happen. It discusses a lot of pressing issues that are predominant in our societies and we have neglected for generations. It makes you reexamine your beliefs, actions and motivations. I recommend that everybody reads this novel, because it is not just a novel, it is an experience.”
“Fabulous Veils is not just a novel about women, but an outcry for a social revolution. It’s a call for women not just to demand change or wish for it, but to go out and fight for it.”
“An absorbing novel accurately painting women’s feelings in a “normally” oppressing society, where oppression is the norm.
In different social standards of the Egyptian society women are used, abused, or misused for anything but their own happiness and desire. Iman masterfully and sensitively describes feelings in a realistic approach that brings life into all her characters and easily allows the reader to live their different lives.You get attached to all the characters to the extent that after finishing the book you start to miss them.
It is a decent scream calling for women’s rights and freedom, and giving strong hopes in a better tomorrow.”
“It’s a real page turner. Fabulous Veils tells the story of three women of different social standards in Egypt, each facing the same monster ‘opression’. While each woman fights her own battle you are emotionally bonded to each one of them. The novel addresses issues in the Egyptian society that must be eradicated in order for our beloved Egypt to thrive. A brilliant read.”
“As this is Iman Refaat’s first published novel, I would like to encourage her to write more because it was a great experience for me to read her novel. I am looking forward to the next one and I will recommend it to everyone I encounter!”
“As a non-Egyptian non-Arabic speaker, I am grateful to have an opportunity to learn about some of the struggles Egyptian women face. I also commend Iman for being brave to discuss these issues about women, sexuality, religion, and poverty that are perhaps seen as taboo subjects, for Egyptians and non-Egyptians, academics and non-academics, women and men. Honestly, it is important to discuss these issues. I am sure that many people might criticize this novel, as they have done for similar novels in the past, that expose what may be the worst of the worst in this amazing country. But, though it pained me to read many of the horrible acts these women were put through, as a woman, I can understand how it is precisely the silence and the fears instilled by men and women over other men and women that allow such acts to continue, and though they may not be happening to a large majority of the population, it is still important if it happens to just one person.”
“I really enjoyed how the stories were retold, broken down in decades and going within each chapter from one character’s story to another. I am not 100% sure why the author decided to space the stories in 10 year periods over four + decades, but it was nevertheless interesting. I also like how the author stresses that the women in the stories, despite their background, all suffered tremendously, impressing upon the reading that no matter their social status, they felt suppressed by the traditions of their families and their society. Above all, I thought it was so interesting how Iman incorporated Egyptian words into the story, and I think that it was mostly during the episodes involving Fatma that it was more emphasised. I enjoyed looking at the back pages to understand the meanings!”