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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Reviewed by- linda (2016/11/14, 03:22 PM)
This is a beautiful cultural read about two Afghanistan women Shekiba and Rahima, one the great ,great grandmother and a source of inspiration for the other. The story sheds light on the sad reality that not much has changed in the intervening years. Sharia law is corrupt and oppressive for women. Its is a concept, that as an American I struggle to comprehend. Both women in this book engaged in the strange ancient custom of bacha posh; disguising a female as a male, usually because a family has no sons. This concept was intriguing and confusing, and to my logical mind a misguided case of form over substance. This strange tradition cast a surreal shadow on even the present day portion of this book. Dressed as a man a women is allowed the freedoms and respect of a man; yet the restrictions of being female return when the bacha posh reign is over. It defies logic but the irony of it certainly makes for a terrific read.Back.

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