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From Sleep Unbound by Andre Chedid

From Sleep Unbound (edition 1983)

by Andre Chedid, Sharon Spencer (Translator)

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Title:From Sleep Unbound
Authors:Andre Chedid
Other authors:Sharon Spencer (Translator)
Info:Swallow Press (1983), Edition: 1, Paperback, 157 pages
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Set in what I presume to be Egypt, this is a mesmerizing story of a woman driven to a desperate act. The book opens with a tale of our protagonist, who is a paraplegic, shooting her husband. But then the book tells the back story of how she came to this point, beginning when she is about 15 and in Catholic boarding school. Less a tale of overt abuse, than a tale of real oppression, on the cultural and personal level, this book reminded me somewhat of Nawal el Saadawi's [124574::Woman at Point Zero] written about 25 years later. The books are similar in format (how they've chosen to tell the story) and they are both about women who have been driven to kill. And in both, the reader's sympathies are with the women. ( )
  avaland | Jan 25, 2011 |
Chedid is an Egyptian born and raised French writer. This novel tells the story of Samya a young girl taken out of a catholic convent school at 14 and forced into an arranged marriage with a much older 45 year old man named Boutros. With marriage Samya is taken away from the city she's grown up in and is settled in a rural village one in which Boutros is a prominent citizen. Boutros is very much a tyrant not only with her but the people that work for him. To him being more successful means being better than those less so and Samya as his wife is expected to be cognizant of her position. Samya is also expected to provide him with sons as women in this world are definitely looked down upon. Samya though has problems conceiving and though eventually after some 10 years she finally does it turn out to be to the great disappointment of her husband to be a girl which she names Mia. Mia becomes for her the love and affection she never got from her own materialistic family and the antidote to the repulsion she feels towards her husband and his sister Rachida who have always treated her like an object. At age 6 however Mia contracts typhoid fever. Boutros (ever and always econmomical) puts off medical treatment until it is too late to save her. In the aftermath of that the hysterical Samya has a emotional-physical breakdown and one day awakes to find she has lost the function of her legs. Boutros calls in his sister to fill in the gap and the two make the succeeding years as miserable as they can for Samya who finally snaps one day when Boutros forgeting to take his pistol with him on his rounds comes back and is shot and killed by Samya. Not that I condone violence (and this is only fiction as far as I know) but even so one might think good riddance. He was believable in his petty meanness and overall wooden personality much the same as his sister. Chedid as a writer has a fairly interesting style. She has a way of merging objects or things into or out of a personality which she often uses to prolong moments of tension or despair. The story itself is not anything extraordinary in terms of plot but it is well told and described. ( )
  lriley | Sep 11, 2006 |
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