#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“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.”

 

#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“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.”

 

#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“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.”

#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“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!”

 

#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to read such a fabulous work. Though initially interested in the story for discussion at a monthly book club meeting (shout-out to Rose’s Cairo Book Club!), I’ll admit I couldn’t put the book down since I bought it. Iman Refaat did an amazing job in storytelling, really, with her very captivating descriptions of what would seem mundane details, but they really did add to the stories of these women from diverse situations, allowing me as a reader to feel tremendous empathy for their situations, and be curious about what would happen next in their seemingly tragic lives.”

 

#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“I honestly feel like no review I could ever write would do this book justice. It’s a beautifully written novel that deserves to be read and re-read. It’s enlightening and hopeful even through all the gritty, heart-wrenching, almost physically painful emotional rawness of it.

I felt inspired by the wonderfully brave characters, and I learnt A LOT from their life experiences.

And I felt that basically the message in this novel is: ‘It doesn’t matter what happens to us, we will rise above it if we have the awareness about who we are and what we are capable of.’

Iman used simple words to narrate a simple, straightforward messages to women and she did it brilliantly. It is a beautiful novel of hardship and hope. Hope triumphs. As it should.

Iman, you’re our KHALID El Hosseini female version.”

 

#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“Fabulous Veils nous invite à réfléchir sur les rapports entre les hommes et les femmes en Egypte. A travers des récits de vies de trois femmes issues de différentes classes sociales qui partagent tour à tour leurs angoisses, leurs rêves et leur quotidien. L’auteur nous interpelle et nous incite à faire un bilan sur notre vie et à nous poser des questions sur notre rôle en tant que femmes et notre place au sein de la famille voire même au sein de la société.
A travers la voix de ces femmes et dans un style simple mais captivant ce sont des visions différentes du même sujet qui sont abordées avec délicatesse et pudeur.
Fabulous Veils éveille en nous toute une foule d’émotions qui se manifestent au fil émotions ressenties par les personnages; tantôt de la colère, tantôt de la joie, tantôt de l’inquiétude …

Je recommande vivement ce livre pour toute personne qui rêve d’un avenir où la liberté de penser, de parler, d’aimer et de vivre tout simplement est le seul mot d’ordre.”

 

#FabulousVeilsNovel#Book Review

“I started reading the book with the impression that it is a novel about 3 women & their stories. I never excpected it too be so real & deep discussing our many problems as a society with so many misapprehension about religion which led to many unfair & stupid traditional rules that is oppressing to women in particular.
I hoped the novel to be in Arabic, first of all to reach as many women as it can & secondly to avoid the big glossary that would be confusing to a non-arabic speaking readers. What I really loved about the novel that it explained a lot about different faces of oppression which differs for a high class person than a poor illiterate one. This is our main problem; we can’t see others’ misery as long as we don’t understand or feel it. Keep up the good work & congratulations.”