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Celestial Bodies de Jokha Alharthi
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Celestial Bodies (original: 2010; edição: 2019)

de Jokha Alharthi (Autor), Marilyn Booth (Tradutor)

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"Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present."--Provided by publisher.… (mais)
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Título:Celestial Bodies
Autores:Jokha Alharthi (Autor)
Outros autores:Marilyn Booth (Tradutor)
Informação:Catapult (2019), Edition: First Edition, 256 pages
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Celestial Bodies de Jokha Alharthi (2010)

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3.5 stars? I may adjust this as I think about it over the next month or 2.

This book tells the stories of 3 sisters in al-Awabi, Oman. But in order to tell their stories, it must also tell those of their parents, their spouses and their parents, and the slaves that were freed when slavery was ended. The families are all interconnected. There is a family tree at the front (which I appreciated!), but not all of the relationships are fully explained, and while there are friends on the tree, other friends are not. I should have kept a character list!

I liked the storytelling in that it is non-linear and comes from multiple viewpoints--you reader has to connect the stories together to get the full picture.

In the end though, I am still confused about Najiya/Qamar, about which families were settled Bedouins and which just worked with the Bedouins, about what hold Salima's family seemed to have over Abdullah's, and who Ahmad's family had been slaves of.

This could have been fuller and richer if it had been longer. ( )
  Dreesie | Aug 22, 2021 |
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, this book offers a wide view of a cast of characters from a village in Oman in the Middle East. The book switches characters quite quickly (thankfully labeling the chapters with character names), which is great if you're trying to show enough of a village. All of the characters were interesting, so I wouldn't have minded more from each of them, especially the group of sisters Mayya, Asma, and Khawla. But then I think of Mayya's children and they could have been featured more, and the generations before could have been featured more, and the mysterious other characters within the village. Somehow Mayya's husband was the most featured character within the book, even getting a separate font choice for his sections, but somehow his sections ended up the most scattered. So the characters are lovely - I just wanted more of these characters. I would have also loved more of that Raised Fist spirit that is pictured on the cover from the women in the book. Overall, an interesting piece from a culture not really represented in fiction but sometimes a bit confusing for a reader that might be too outside this culture. I'm glad it exists. ( )
  booklove2 | Jul 11, 2021 |
This is definitely more of a character study than a novel with a propelling plot, so this will be a hard sell for many readers. I found the brief glimpses into the life of a family and village in Oman to be fascinating, though there were so many characters that it became hard to keep track at times. Probably a 3.5/5 for me. ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Jan 21, 2021 |
158/2020. This novel is structured as a series of non-linear vignettes, which slowly reveal glimpses of the inner and outer lives of an extensive cast of characters revolving around three generations of one extended family originating from a village in Oman. It's a process that will be familiar to anyone who has lived in a small community: you know everything about everyone else, but that information is only learned in fragments which each person pieces together slightly differently to form their own perspective. Like life, the overall story tends towards tragedy, from small disappointments to the great tragedy of death. The novel is permeated with ways of thinking and doing that are rooted in Omani village culture and Ibadi Islam and, for an outsider like me, it appears to be a fair representation. The translation seems good and I only noticed one error when what should have been a "moth" in English (like a moth to a flame) was translated as a "butterfly".

In conclusion, skilfully written as a whole, although without any short passages I especially want to quote, and interesting to read but also ultimately tragic in tone. ( )
  spiralsheep | Dec 9, 2020 |
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Jokha Alharthiautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Booth, MarilynTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Osman, KhaledTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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"Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present."--Provided by publisher.

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