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The Consequences of Love: A Novel by Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia

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By Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia

A Romeo and Juliet tale set opposed to the stern Muslim legislation of Saudi Arabia, Sulaiman Addonia’s magnificent debut novel is a sensuous and very wrought tale of a tender immigrant and a lady in the back of a veil who defy legislation and possibility their lives to be together.

Under a continuing summer season sunlight, ladies dressed like lengthy darkish shadows and males decked out in gentle cotton gowns roam the streets of Jeddah. whereas such a lot of Naser’s buddies have left city to flee the warmth, he needs to remain at the back of to paintings. An African immigrant and outsider, Naser spends his spare time frequenting a friend’s café, writing letters to his mom in Eritrea, and having a pipe dream in regards to the glamorous female friend he hopes to at least one day have.

Naser and his more youthful brother have been despatched to Saudi Arabia to prevent the struggle again domestic, yet even though they dwell with their conservative Muslim uncle they continue to be below the watchful, wrathful eyes of the spiritual police, who video display the community’s each motion, govern the close to indestructible barriers among males and women–walls in mosques, panels on buses, separate traveling quarters in homes, and, in fact, the black veil, or abaya, that embellishes the women–and punish any disobedience by way of public beating or death.

But a splash of colour arrives in Naser’s global whilst without notice a small piece of paper is delivered to his toes. it's a love observe from a woman whose face he hasn't ever noticeable and whose voice he hasn't ever heard. to spot her one of the sea of veiled girls, she instructs him to seem for a couple of crimson footwear peeking out from less than her draped abaya. Intrigued and inspired, Naser rebels opposed to Wahhabist Islamic conference and starts a clandestine correspondence with the lady. but at the same time the limitations that divide them start to disintegrate lower than the load in their passionate prose and devotion, the lovers’ illicit affair will face the last word and so much heartrending try.

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What these great expectations ultimately do, as the plot unfolds, is to send Pip right back to his story舗s beginning, to the stolen file and pork pie that bind his fate to that of a convict. All Pip舗s hopes for the future lead him straight to his past. Our sense of the futility of Pip舗s expectations is heightened by their very arbitrariness. Pip differs from many of his Victorian orphan counterparts in that his parents are comfortably accounted for from the outset. If there were any substantial inheritance headed Pip舗s way舒any missing rich uncle (Ȥ la Jane Eyre) or benevolent family friend (Ȥ la Oliver Twist)舒 those persons would certainly have stepped forward by now to claim him.

David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860- 1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific later period. In 1858 Dickens舗s twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public舗s favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health.

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