PDF KINDLE Sharaf author Raj Kumar
It was most enjoyable and I finished it in three sittingsI enjoyed the authors style This is a page turner of a book As the blurb says it is a romance set in Saudi In true romance style the heroine is promised to one by her father but falls in love with another a white jew The book is her uest to have her true love but at the same time she must preserve the honour Sharaf of her family There are interesting twists and turns along the way not all obvious I was guessing and interested to the endApart from the uest for the true love we also learn in a non didactic way about the Islam religion and how it is practised in Saudi Arabia This was interesting and examined from different perspectives In general it seemed balanced although there was no good word that I recollect about the religous policeI would recommend this book as an enjoyable uest for true love through many obstacles with the side bar interest on the Islamic religionWould I read another book by this author Yes for when I would like a light hearted read for the beach Got much better in the end although dialogueinteraction remains dubious Flawed writing and plot in the first half of the book and way too many errors there s a difference between thenthan for instance and let s not mention the initially repeated imagery of trees being pregnant with fruit not done But there were some interesting passages of socialpolitical commentary and in particular in the second half these were phrased very nicely All in all not a terrible read but not a recommendation either It s that I bought the book so I felt compelled to finish it Sharaf is the tale of a woman s life in Saudi Arabia and the hardships she runs into because of forbidden love Throughout the beginning of the book we learn why it is forbidden and many facets of Saudi society are explained as a result Apart from the great story line I really enjoyed learning about life in Saudi Arabia and how so much of family life is based on Sharaf or honor There were so many aspects of the Saudi society that one especially us Westerners really doesn t expect that the author really highlights in several parts of the book like the drug rings prostitution corruption the lives of women etc In some instances I wished the author would elaborate a bit on the story or go in depth into one of the characters it ind of felt like the beginning was very detailed and then the last part of the book finished uickly without much thought The style of the book was interesting it jumped around telling the story of one character and then to another to underline other parts of Saudi life unknown to most Altogether though it was a great romantic story that ept me turning pages I am suffering through this book because I refuse to give up after reading almost half of it already I just have a few things to sayWho says hells bells WHO The writing is bare bones and does nothing to delve into the complexity of character that would make the novel gripping This book is what I imagine Fifty Shades of Grey would be if it took place in the Middle East Simply a romanticization of Middle Eastern culture intended for the Western consumer The main character seems all too willing to be the sexual fantasy of the token white Prince Charming The book so far barely challenges stereotypes of Saudi culture and so on all fronts is insufferable I might have just convinced myself not to continue reading. R bitter disappointment and honor her father’s wishes Then she meets Joe an American dentist and a Jew As Joe and Maryam pursue an increasingly intimate clandestine relationship they dare to dream of freedom and of a life together But Joe is gradually drawing the attention of the Muttawa the feared religious police and when Maryam realizes that she is pregnant it is then that her trials really begin.
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PDF KINDLE Sharaf author Raj Kumar
An exciting story The author introduces a lot of characters at first but then pulls all threads together beautifully A mixture of romance thriller and crime drama I am probably over reacting as most people got past it but when I hit the 2 percent point on my indle and the girl rubbed her nephew s penis to get him to go back to sleep that was it for me I was too afraid to continue I don t care if it is tradition over there Over here that s child molestation and I was grossed out That one sentence just ruined it for me TMI I suggest putting something like that further into the book when readers will already be hookedThus no rating or anything As I said I seem to be the only one bothered by it Don t be deterred just because of me I was interested in this novel because I feel like reading the literature of a culture is one way to learn about it Unfortunately I did not realize that the the author is only a visitor to the culture of Saudi Arabia or I might have passed this upThe writing was bizarre the situations over the top and unbelievable and the characters often times felt like mouthplates for criticism of Saudi culture and American influence over it Then there s the sex I ve never read a novel with so much sex in it and sure as hell didn t expect it in a Muslim setting The abaya has never been sexier but at times I wondered if it wasn t just the author having a little fun like when our protagonist spends time admiring her nude body in front of a mirrorThere were a lot of extraneous scenes that needed to be cut There was a tendency to introduce multiple characters at once and point of view shifted from one paragraph to the next leading to confusion over who was thinking or talking at any given moment There were a lot of typos too I m pretty sure this wasn t an ARC so I m mentioning itI was disappointed overall and I m writing a somewhat disappointing review because the first one got eaten by the internet so my apologies for being incoherent andor not touching on everything I will however hang on to my copy if only for the handy Arabic reference in the front I wouldn t say that I loved this book but I definitely liked it and enjoyed it a lot I entered the giveaway here on GoodReads because the premise and the setting sounded so intriguing even though Sharaf is not my usual favoured genre of novel and I was a bit concerned that it just wouldn t be my thing but I try not to limit my literary forays and as it turns out I needn t have worried I finished the book in three days of non continuous reading just picking it up here and there but uite often I found myself picking it up whilst waiting to do other things and getting into that just one chapter mind set and losing track of time It was a page turner and I almost didn t expect that given the story it s family drama and romance within a contemporary albeit dangerous and restrictive setting but it s not a thriller or high octane action novel It s filled with the incidentals of everyday life to give it that down to earth realistic feel of ordinary people dealing with secrets that begin to snowball into serious problems and is of a slow burning page turner than a rip roaring one but its story is fairly compelling nonethelessI found Raj Kumar s writing style uite unusual and different though maybe that s because I don t read much contemporary fiction I couldn t help but notice the use of imagery was spari. The first volume of a gripping trilogy set in Saudi Arabia this is a story of love loyalty intrigue suspicion and intolerance Major General Farhan Al Balawi is a loyal soldier in the Saudi Arabian army who dotes on his beloved daughter Maryam his pride in her learning and independent spirit sharpened by the death of his elder son and his estrangement from the younger who has opted to pursue a hedonis.
Ng throughout yet unexpected and fresh when used and thus innovative and impactful This from one of the opening chapters has to be among my favourites A silk prayer mat unfurled over the marble floor spreading a wave of colour A cockerel crowed among the palm trees and a whisper of pink heralded the birth of another day Fiery gossamer clouds unwrapped the newborn sun On the horizon a jagged silhouette of mountains tore at the sky their peaks glinting in the morning lightThe otherness of the setting gives the story great appeal the richness of the exotic culture permeated by centuries of tradition but undergoing profound change in the modern world provoking in the reader a desire to learn and putting a uniue spin on the plot the challenges that the protagonists face are not the usual challenges characters might face in a Western setting and yet many of the themes are universal love hate intrigue hidden secrets difficult choicesThe conclusion of the story Alpha (Shifters, kept me guessing right until the final page and I was thoroughly surprised at the ending as I was half convinced that a particular scenario would play out which did not come to pass in fact and the twist in the tale was rather thought provoking I liked the fact that the ending was so unexpected novels that I can guess the ending of from only 50 pages in are too easy and predictable for my tastesAny negatives I couldn t uite put my finger on it but I felt like the book could have been even better the characters explored a little the love story expanded upon Some disturbing events take place in the novel but I almost wanted them to be dirtier grittier grimier darker One or two scenes I felt like I ought to be on the edge of my seat gripped with worry for the characters and needing tonow what happens next and whilst I felt compelled to Whalerider keep turning the pages occasionally I didn t feel uite as scared for the characters as I wanted to be I wanted the story to engross me and engage me even than it did This left me with a vague sense that there was room for improvementAll in all however in places fresh and innovative an intriguing setting and a compelling page turner of a novel thateeps you guessing until the endAdditional note added later I feel that it is definitely worth mentioning that Sharaf reminds of the novel Escape by James Clavell which is an epic tale of escape from Iran during the 1979 revolution and contains a love story between a Finnish man and an Iranian woman Escape along with all of Clavell s novels I found to be absolutely compelling and fantastically well written so the fact that Sharaf reminds me of Escape is a really good indicator of its uality Do i love it Believe me i tried but it s just somehow too good to be true especially when Dr Joe and Mariam having a secret relationship The overused words of Habibi irritated me alot I did learn arabic a bit and i now it is referred as my love but author should try to use other words to replace the repetitive term The story is I found it a fascinating look into another culture some of which I am familiar with having spent 6 mos in neighbouring but much liberal Dubai Never take your freedom for granted I enjoyed this book although I have not read this style of book for some time last century even I asked for this book under the giveaway scheme as the background setting in Suadi Arabia sounded interesting The book did not disappoint indeed. Tic western lifestyle in the U S Despite the love she shares with her family the pride she takes in her Arabian heritage and her loyalty to Islam Maryam yearns to travel and to continue her education in a European university When Farhan announces that Maryam is to marry the son of a man who once saved his life as the fulfillment of a promise made before she was born Maryam endeavors to stifle he.
Raj Kumar was born in India but grew up in the UK At school he excelled in the Arts and Sciences but Maths and English were a challenge He left school at the age of seventeen to work in a variety of factories in the North of England but soon realised that this was not the life for him Through hard work and determination he succeeded in his exams and went on to university After graduating he wo