PILLARS OF SALT by Fadia Faqir

PILLARS OF SALT

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Pillars Of Salt ($29.95; paper $12.95; May 9, 1997; 256 pp.; 1-56656-220-1; paper 1-56656-253-8): This skillfully constructed novel, the second from an acclaimed Jordanian writer, portrays the vulnerability of women in an embattled traditional culture through the stories exchanged by two patients in a mental hospital. One has obediently surrendered to her husband's choice of a younger wife, the other has seen her marriage fall victim to political violence. The histories of Maha and Um Saad, which typify Jordanian experience during the British Mandate that lasted through much of the 1940s, are framed and echoed by the comments of ``The Storyteller,'' who relates them to us in a dazzling and often very moving display of narrative art.

Pub Date: May 9th, 1997
ISBN: 1-56656-220-1
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Interlink
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1997




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