La femme qui lisait trop

La femme qui lisait trop T h ran seconde moiti du XIXe si cle la cour du shah fourmille d intrigues de palais complots et autres tentatives d assassinat plus ou moins abouties sous l ironique et cruel regard de la m re du

  • Title: La femme qui lisait trop
  • Author: Bahíyyih Nakhjavání
  • ISBN: 9782742770366
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • T h ran, seconde moiti du XIXe si cle la cour du shah fourmille d intrigues de palais, complots et autres tentatives d assassinat plus ou moins abouties, sous l ironique et cruel regard de la m re du souverain persan Voici que cette fois, pourtant, ce tr s ancien royaume va se trouver branl non tant par les men es factieuses des uns ou des autres men es qu observeT h ran, seconde moiti du XIXe si cle la cour du shah fourmille d intrigues de palais, complots et autres tentatives d assassinat plus ou moins abouties, sous l ironique et cruel regard de la m re du souverain persan Voici que cette fois, pourtant, ce tr s ancien royaume va se trouver branl non tant par les men es factieuses des uns ou des autres men es qu observe l ambassadeur de Sa Royale Majest la reine d Angleterre mais par l irruption inattendue d une po tesse fort lettr e dont, d un bout l autre du territoire, les vers et les propos semblent agir sur quiconque en prend connaissance comme de puissants catalyseurs d nergies subversives voire h r tiques entre ces deux adjectifs, que certains sont tent s de rendre synonymes, reste savoir qui, de la po sie ou de la violence, va trancher A travers la figure historique de la po tesse Tahirih Qurratu l Ayn, laquelle la post rit se montra si peu soucieuse de rendre justice, et qui osa, en femme libre et en exceptionnelle rh toricienne, affronter au p ril de sa vie les tenants du pouvoir tant s culier que th ologique de son temps, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani met en sc ne les enjeux ternels et plus incandescents que jamais aujourd hui de la libert d expression d s lors qu elle s affronte aux puissants comme aux dogmes religieux Ecrit dans une langue tincelante, qui croise subtilement les fils de l Histoire, de la religion, de l art et la question de la condition f minine, ce roman propose, sur le mode d une fiction historique, une r flexion d une ind niable actualit.Biographie de l auteur

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    1. "If one were to believe her highness, the whole country was on the verge of revolution, with women deploying an artillery of inflammatory prose, wielding books like bucklers, and taking up pens as if they were swords." Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, The Woman Who Read Too Much Most of my favourite fiction books have a strong feminist element. This is the kind of book I adore; stories of women refusing to accept traditional or patriarchal values and vowing to live the lives they wish to lead regardless of [...]

    2. A couple of months ago I was browsing through the antiquarian book stalls where I live. The vendors are very dedicated people; all year around they sell their wares in the market square under the high heavens, only covering their delicate paper goods with tarpaulins when the inclemencies threaten to dilute the ink and turn the cloth covers into rags. Fortunately it was sunny the day I was there so everything was on show, even the older and more fragile volumes. I fingered the binding of some, tu [...]

    3. The Woman Who Read too Much has been a truly wonderful surprise as I have never read any of Bahíyyih Nakhjavání's writing before, nor have I read anything about Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn, the 19th c. Iranian theologian and advocate for women's literacy who was fleshed out to become the model for the titular poetess. What an exciting discovery on both counts. The action of this historically based fiction occurs during the second half of the 19th century and is bookended by assassination attempts [...]

    4. Because of its title, I was destined to read this novel. I am the woman who reads too much. But for the poetess of Qazvin, her excessive reading brought tragedy and an early death, while for me it is saving my sanity.Let me say right off that this is an extremely challenging read. Its larger than life characters go by several names and titles each. It is set in mid 19th century Persia. It is told from four different points of view. The time sequence is a tangled and overlapping web. If I hadn't [...]

    5. 3.5 elegant starsThe Woman Who Read Too Much is a novel inspired by the life of Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn---a hugely mysterious figure about whom even less would be known were it not for the “foreign diplomats, travellers, and scholars” who spread her infamy into the West during the 19th century. It is known that she was born into and educated by a family of mullahs who apparently took things too far. She pursued independent thought and sharp reasonings which emboldened her to challenge the re [...]

    6. The Woman Who Read too Much by Bahíyyih Nakhjavání is based on the life of the 19th century Persian poet, theologian, radical thinker, and staunch advocate for women’s rights, Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn. The novel pays homage to Qurratu’l-Ayn for challenging orthodox interpretations of Islam and for her insistence on a woman’s right to literacy. Qurratu’l-Ayn, referred to throughout the novel as the poetess of Qazvin, is a courageous, brilliant, and stunningly beautiful woman who refuses [...]

    7. Táhirih (Arabic: "The Pure One") or Qurratu'l-`Ayn (Arabic: "Solace/Consolation of the Eyes") are both titles of Fátimih Baraghání (1814 or 1817 - August 16-27, 1852), an influential poet and theologian of the Bábí Faith in Iran. Her life, influence, and execution made her a key figure of the religion. Bahíyyih Nakhjavání has written a novel that takes the raw facts of Táhirih's life and creates a dreamlike meditation on her influence on women's rights, famously stating to the Grand Va [...]

    8. Un texte superbe sur la condition de la femme au sein de la culture musulmane. En Iran, au XIXème siècle, une poétesse est emprisonnée pour ses prises de position. C'est en effet elle qui a demandé le divorce et quitté son mari.Sur ordre du Shah, elle se retrouve donc enfermée dans la résidence du maire. Mais sa présence n'est pas sans susciter des questions. Cette femme, plus cultivée que les hommes qui l'entourent, est dangereuse aux yeux de ces derniers.Autour d'elle, le destin de p [...]

    9. I wanted to love this, but I just didn't. Slow. Meandering storyline and jumbled timelines frustrated a potentially interesting story with a vitally important message about female literacy. Disappointing.

    10. Dunque, era stato solo per quello? [] Tutti quei complotti e quelle congiure, arresti e interrogatori, accoltellamenti, avvelenamenti, gelosie e recriminazioni, non erano stati altro che racconti, nient'altro che storie?Creazione e rivelazione non hanno niente a che fare con tutto questo. Lasciate che i preti facciano suonare le loro campane. Questi libri non sono sacri, anche se ci sono dentro delle madri. Nessuno di essi è il Grande Libro di tutti i libri. Le storie non hanno simili presunzio [...]

    11. Sono delusa. Ero rimasta affascinata dalla quarta di copertina ed ho iniziato a leggere con molto entusiasmo Quattro punti di vista differenti che narrano la medesima storia, quella della poetessa di Qazvin,un personaggio scomodo quanto potente. Belli i temi toccati, l'emancipazione femminile, il contesto storico interessante, la visione dell'occidente in una Persia del 1800, il coraggio e l'intelligenza di una donna che sceglie di non essere schiava. ma il libro è scritto davvero con i piedi! [...]

    12. This book is not easy to read because the reader is plunged headlong into a time and space that's unlabeled and totally unfamiliar (unless maybe you are properly schooled in the history of Iran). I picked it up because I was intrigued by a book that had been translated into so many other languages first before it was published in English. The novel is a collection of "books" written from the points of view of different female characters and their interaction about the Poetess of Qazvin, a litera [...]

    13. While I like the idea of a book about an historical person who actually fought for women's education in 19th Century Persia, I was disappointed by the author's writing style. Many things were repeated in a confusing way and the storyline was difficult to be followed. I had the impression that the author wanted to show her artistic and writing skills by writing complicated chapters and an by using an alternative narration, but that the trick didn't work. The books could have been way more interes [...]

    14. Tahirih was one of the earliest feminists. Born in Persia (Iran) in the early 19th century, Tahirih bucked tradition by becoming well-educated and discussing theology with men. This book portrays the life of Tahirih as well as many of her supporters and enemies in a very interesting way. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in feminism.

    15. I desperately wanted to like this book- having loved the Saddlebag. But the book is slow and thick like treacle- pages and pages of the same words, slowly swirling towards a conclusion we already know.

    16. While this novel has rich prose, the story seemed somewhat repetitive, slow and grating. I am wondering if I didn't have the patience without the cultural knowledge or context. The book was "inspired by a nineteenth-century Persian woman, Tahirith Qurrwtu'l-Ayn, a renowned poet and theologian, radical and outcast." It revolved back and forth upon itself about the misunderstanding, mistrust, and implications of an Englishwoman who could read and had knowledge and religion. The Poetess of Qazvin, [...]

    17. Dense prose, the specific gravity of say, the planet Jupiter [ if that is still classed as a planet]. But the subject matter is the downer. Bring a rusty razor blade for the human condition looks hopeless in the mideast. After all, they have yet to have plumbing. My appetite has dwindled for tales of how awful certain mideastern cultures are. When are they going to catch up? What's with the willful ignorance? The most striking thing about this tale is how little society has changed in Iran since [...]

    18. Quattro stelle piene per questo romanzo particolare. Dal titolo ci si potrebbe aspettare la storia di una donna, in realtà ci troviamo davanti alla storia di un intero paese. Il libro è diviso in più parti e tocca i punti di vista di tutte la persona che hanno a vuto contati con questa donna coraggiosa. Ma si tratta anche della storia di tutte le donne, nella Persia ottocentesca. Essere donna era difficile, eppure questa figura coraggiosa ha sfidato le convezioni di un paese maschilista e ha [...]

    19. Sin terminar. Lo he dejado oficialmente; no digo que no lo vaya a leer y terminar nunca, pero por ahora ahí se queda, en el limbo, porque no me he visto capacitada para terminarlo. No es que no me haya gustado o que me haya horrorizado, sino que he ido perdiendo las ganas de leerlo y me cuesta mucho ponerme con él, para mi desgracia.Mantengo lo dicho durante mi lectura del mismo (que he avanzado más desde lo último indicado, pero ya no merece la pena ni marcarlo), la autora sabe escribir de [...]

    20. I realize my assessment of this book is far out of step with most readers but I had several serious problems with it. First of all, the time-scale and sequence of events is so badly scrambled that it becomes almost impossible to follow the plot; there are several events that could not possibly have occurred as as described. Likewise, the actions of more than one character are at times blended together so seamlessly, even within a single sentence that it makes no sense. This is not being clever, [...]

    21. I wanted to like this book so much because of the title! I didn't really like it till the last section where you really understand the central character. The book is split into 4 sections from the point of view of different narratives. Within each section they flitted from one time period to another and it became really confusing. By the end, I finally liked it but I almost didn't finish the book because of how haphazard it felt.

    22. Perhaps I read this in the wrong mood, but I found the slow pace of this book really hard to get through. It's a lovely mosaic, multifaceted, quietly rebellious, interspersed with sumptuous metaphor. And for all that, I was mostly just glad to finish :/

    23. "A woman should know her place." - the grand Mullah, uncle/father-in-law of the poetess of QazvinThis is a story about a woman who most definitely did not know her place, or rather, she rejected the "place" that her society assigned to her. The story is based on a real woman, Tahirih Qurratu'l-Ayn, the poetess of Qazvin, who lived and died in the mid 19th century in Persia, during the time of the Qajar dynasty.The poetess was the daughter of a Mullah who took the unusual step of defying the stri [...]

    24. It's too close to me finishing this to be coherent and 'review'. For now: I loved it. I want to read it again. I wish I had read it slower to make it last longer. Read it.

    25. I loved this author's writing style and the story was beautifully arranged. Most of the specifics of Tahirih's life is unknown but for a few amazing events, and Bahiyyih Nakhjavani's fictional details were plausible and interesting. I'm so glad this book was recommended to me by Sandra Hutchison when taking her creative writing course through the Wilmette Institute.

    26. Il tema è promettente, le digressioni riguardanti l'Iran storico sono interessanti, ma sinceramente ho trovato la narrazione rindondante e molto poco fluida.

    27. Un libro que llegó a mí por casualidad y del que no tenía ningún conocimiento o expectativa. Es un libro para leer con mucha calma, pues los diálogos son escasos y mientras que la narrativa y descripción es mucho más abundante. Hay personajes a los que nunca se les pone nombre, por lo que puede ser fácil perderse. Los saltos temporales también son un elemento que puede llegar a confundir si no se lee con atención. En La mujer que leía demasiado se ahonda en la historia de una valiente [...]

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