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A Thousand Veils

4 Ratings: 3.8
A book by D. J. Murphy

When Fatima Shihabi, an Iraqi poet and journalist, learns she is marked for death by Saddam Hussein's secret police, she flees Iraq, evading Saddam's helicopters hunting her in the desert, only to discover that no other country will grant her asylum. … see full wiki

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Author: D. J. Murphy
Publisher: Lulu.com
4 reviews about A Thousand Veils
review by . January 13, 2009
I requested this book from the author because the summary sounded so interesting; it wasn't until later that I realized it was a self-published book. On the one hand, I am surprised that Murphy has been unable to find a publisher as he has the bones of a great story and is obviously able to write. On the other hand, the opening pages alone almost convinced me not to read any further- the description of the sandstorm is as clear an example as I've ever read of overwriting. Thankfully, the use of …
review by . June 28, 2008
Fatima Shihabi was a child of the Iraqi desert, its "veiled promises" providing abundant inspiration for her poetry. Fatima lived a Muslim woman's dual life under the veil, outwardly anonymous in the black abayah but strongly creative and individualistic in her inner life.    After a brutal but brief marriage Fatima raises her daughter in Baghdad, completing her education and writing for a daily newspaper. In 2002 her writings about the conditions of life in Iraq bring her, disastrously, …
review by . May 18, 2008
Right up front, I'd like to say that if there were more than five stars this is one of the rare books I would give them to! It's fabulous! I kid you not!    Author D. J. Murphy has written the best debut novel I've read so far in 2008. Set in 2002, A Thousand Veils is a timely book about Fatima Shihabi, an Iraqi poet and journalist who has been marked for death by Saddam Hussein's secret police. Having had a happy childhood with good parents and adoring brothers, Fatima has always …
review by . March 31, 2008
Timing is everything. When poet-journalist Fatima Shihabi is forced to leave her native Iraq, her beloved daughter, Latifa, safely ensconced with relatives, the woman wants only to escape the terror that pursues her, having aroused the ire of Saddam Hussein's secret police. Fatima's decision to defect is not taken lightly. Allowed to receive the same education as her four brothers, Fatima has spent her formative years studying the Koran, writing insightful poetry and basking in the warmth of family …
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