E–pub/E–book [Syngué sabourPierre de patience] Ò Atiq Rahimi
A nameless Afghan woman pours out her heart to her comatose husband who lies wounded from a skirmish The wounds were accidentally inflicted by his own troops She begins to think of him as her patience stone from a Middle Eastern fable which will lessen her troubles fears and uilt by telling it her stories Pointless battle skirmishes rage around her neighborhood as she struggles to feed and to protect herself and her daughters while dealing with a terrible loneliness It turns out she has uite a few shocking stories to tell and coma or not her husband is a Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys good listener He regains consciousness and reacts in rage This is a short simple troubling book Almost the entire story takes place in a single room It depicts the terrible state that many women in Muslim society live in In that sense it reminds me of Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi a story of an abused Egyptian woman who turns to prostitution The author holds Afghani and French citizenship The book is translated from the French with an introduction by Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner Photos from voanewscom This hasot to be one of the most powerful and illuminating books I have ever read As Khaled Hosseini states in the introduction for this book It is a vexing fact that women are the most beleaguered members of Afghan society Long before the arrival of the Taliban Afghan women struggled for basic rights Outside of a few urban pockets the ironclad rule of patriarchal tribal law has long denied women their right to work education adeuate health care and personal independence all of this made infinitely worse by three decades of war displacement and anarchy Until now With The Patience Stone Ati Rahimi Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, gives face and voice to one unforgettable woman and one could argue offers her as proxy for therievances of millionsThe legend of the patience stone the sang e saboor states that relaying your troubles and woes to this magical stone will one day result in its destruction and through it the release of all your fears For one nameless woman her dying and prostrate husband becomes her patience stone As she prays for him as she bathes him as she shelters him from the Arabian Nights gun shots and raids that ruin their neighbourhood as she replaces the drop that has continued to keep him alive these past three weeks she confesses all she has been unable to for the last ten years of their marriage She tells him exactly what life is like for an Afghan womanI have never I believe read anything from or relating to this perspective I knew this wasoing to provide me with a new level of understanding and I also knew it wouldn t be comfortable What I didn t expect was how the simplistic seeming prose would provide a harsh light in which to showcase the utter brutality of this woman s and many others way of lifeThe ruthless fashion she does so parallels the ruthless manner of the female treatment The deep seated resentment and facets of her long withstood degradation spills from this woman as truth after unbearable truth is exposed She banishes her long denied right to self expression and a mania of sorts overcomes this woman who defies the expectations of her Just The Man She Needed gender and satisfies a lifetime of enunciation in just a few short daysThis illumination of the marginalisation of the femaleender made for a harrowing tale but that alongside the insight to life inside war torn Afghanistan coupled to make every feature of this tale both painful and necessary Despite the utter sorrow this book imparts the reader with this is a perspective one should not overlook hear voiced 25 stars This is a short but powerful novel well deserving of the 2008 Prix Goncourt Through the revelations of one nameless woman s secrets Ati Rahimi speaks for Afghan women down through the ages silenced and negated by religion and tribalism As you read you may be struck with wonder that the author is a man The legend of the patience stone the sang e saboor says that if you bare your soul to this magical stone it will eventually shatter When it does you will be released from your suffering The Afghan woman in this story uses her comatose husband as her patience stone As she tends to his physical needs and prays for his recovery she finds all the rage and hurt of a lifetime spilling out in one confession after another In ten years of marriage she has never been free to share anything of her deepest self with her husband And so she finds him almost of use to her in this inanimate state than he was when conscious and healthy The woman s revelations Are Often Harsh Told often harsh told raw and brutal language which underscores her burning resentment at being so long denied the right to self expression and self determination A malicious lee creeps into her confessions as she spills ever shocking secrets She seems to find *great satisfaction in knowing that her husband would be humiliated and emasculated if he could *satisfaction in knowing that her husband would be humiliated and emasculated if he could what she was saying This little book may make you suirm as well it should It speaks to the things repressed women must do in secret to preserve their sanity and the tiniest bit of dignity There is also the argument that it is not only women who are diminished by a male dominated society The men pay too although they are enerally blind to what they lose by not allowing women full personhood Rahimi makes this point most simply and profoundly when the woman says to her husband When it s hard to be a woman it becomes hard to be a man tooThe end of the book is a bit puzzling It s hard to know if what is described is real or imagined But the way it ends is not all that important The meat the essence is in the woman s confessions and emotions and what they say about the costs of marginalizing women in an environment of ongoing warfare To the patience stone according to the legend everyone can talk about everything that weighs on him about his bitterness and suffering and it in a mysterious way will listen to him and offer him relief The corresponding En Afghanistan peut être ou ailleurs une femme veille son mari blessé Au fond ils ne se connaissent pas Les heures et les jours passent tandis ue la uer. .
Men who have been objectified marginalised scorned beaten ridiculed and silencedHighly recommended I found this book to be a horror storyRE READ 09212015Seriously this book could not be horrifying depressing and completely pointless If you want to read about how horrible life is for Muslim women in the Middle East and endless stories of how they are raped beaten abused spit on owned as property treated as lower than dogs and murdered over and over and over and over again with no hope and no redeeming features I would suggest you read Khaled Hosseini s books instead of this At least they have a bit of a point and a tiny limpse of a possible future I would only read this book if you really really really want to depress yourselfNot to mention that this is written as if it is a one room play all the action taking place in one room Avant Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, garde perhaps but hella boring And the writing style is choppy and annoying She picks up the little rug unfolds it and stretches it out on theround The morning prayer done she remains sitting takes the Koran and opens it at the page marked with a peacock feather which she removes and holds in her right hand With her left she tells the prayer beadsAfter reading a few verses she puts back the feather closes the Koran and sits thoughtfully for a moment azing at the feather peeking out of the sacred book She strokes it sadly at first then anxiouslyThe whole book is like this Very boring alternating with extremely depressing and painful with the most HORRIFYING and DISGUSTING ending you could even possibly imagine There s just no upside to reading this just zeroOriginally published in French There are some things I admit that I just don t et A woman a brain dead man a bullet torn street a battle being fought outside the doors so far so You Sexy Thing! good Most of the novel takes place within this room between these two people though there are a few exceptions He is her husband they are in Afghanistan where women are treated as property and because he cannot hear nor react she tells him all her frustrations and her secrets The third person narration keeps the reader at a distance but it suited the barrenness and hopelessness of this novel The ending is an allegory I suppose but either I do notet it or it is not a evident one Parts were ood parts were not For me three stars is okay and this was just okay First off this is one tight book The translator Polly McLean pulled a Hemingway with this one Every sentence is accounted for and ever word conveyed a specific mood feeling and image Kudos to a flawless prose Now to the story itself This short story 136 pages is about a woman caring for her immobile stricken husband as she recounts her dark thoughts and secrets to him The entire story takes place in the room where the husband lies bed bound which makes it a reat candidate for a play production When the man s wife who remains nameless throughout the story visits him to change his soiled cloths and replenish his IV drip she reveals a little bit about herself and her untold story to him and to us the readers The story builds uickly and crescendos with a shocking revelation and a chilling development that will leave you stunned and heartbroken The story is extremely allegorical which is precisely why the woman was never Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, given a name which in turn would haveiven her an identity She represents Afghanistan with all its anger innocence na vet perversion sorrow and pain
At the heart of the story though was despair The woman the heart of the story though was despair The woman palpable wretchedness mirrored the state of her country The war that was raging outside her house was identical to the one tearing her apart from the inside And there is no end in sight The sick man aslo represents Afghanistan He represents its hollowed paralyzed and rigid consciousness that is unable to evolve or to respond to outside stimulants The patience stone in ancient Persian folklore is a magical black stone that absorbs the plight of all those that confide in it and explodes when nothing else remains to be said The woman makes the man her very own patience stone She confides all her dark secrets in him hoping he d explode when she s done laying it all out before him The story makes for a Regency Mystery great read It has tender moments but it s mostly very intense and heavy It makes sense that Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns introduces it The woman in this story could be one of the close relatives of either Mariam or Laila the protagonists in A Thousand Splendid Suns If you loved that book you will love this one too If you re looking for a slice of life albeit depressing in Afghanistan this makes areat uick read Highly recommended This is an extraordinarily powerful novella despite being compressed on some 120 pages The story is both personal even intimate and wide reaching in substance and relevance At the centre of all comings and oings is one room where a woman attends to her wounded husband In a language that is at the same time simple spare and compressed yet often poetic Rahimi evokes the atmosphere in the room and slowly in sensitively conveyed step the reader learns to understand the hard life of the woman her family and background and also the intricacies of a society torn apart by tradition and power struggles The woman opens her heart expressing her deepest held thoughts to her man who cannot answer but might well hear her Much of what is conveyed is expressed as the woman s monologue Much of what is conveyed is expressed as the woman s monologue *tragic story exuisitely and forcefully imagined by the *story exuisitely and forcefully imagined by the Rahimi does not ive the woman nor any other character a name to underline his intent of demonstrating eneral validity of his character s story It is an indictment to women s suppression anywhere Nevertheless the story is very personable and as a reader we can relate to the woman s individuality and predicament The events in the room and beyond are so vividly portrayed that one can visualize the scenes and easily imagine a fil. Ier livre d'Ati Rahimi directement écrit en français A la uestion pouruoi il repond «Il me fallait une autre langue ue la mienne pour parler des tabous?.