An Unnecessary Woman

An Unnecessary Woman One of Beirut s most celebrated voices Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller The Hakawati with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert reve

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  • Title: An Unnecessary Woman
  • Author: Rabih Alameddine
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 291
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  • One of Beirut s most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller, The Hakawati, with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert, revealing Beirut s beauties and horrors along the way.Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books Godless, fatherless, divorced, and childOne of Beirut s most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller, The Hakawati, with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert, revealing Beirut s beauties and horrors along the way.Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books Godless, fatherless, divorced, and childless, Aaliya is her family s unnecessary appendage Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away The thirty seven books that Aaliya has translated have never been read by anyone After overhearing her neighbors, the three witches, discussing her too white hair, Aaliya accidentally dyes her hair too blue.In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman s late life crisis, readers follow Aaliya s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut Insightful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya s volatile past As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, the gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of a single woman s reclusive life in the Middle East.

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    1. ”Although I know the characters of a novel as a collection of scenes as well, as accumulated sentences in my head. I feel I know them better than I do my mother. I fill in the blanks with literary personas better than I do with real people, or maybe I make more of an effort. I know Lolita’s mother better than I do mine, and I must say, I feel her more than I feel my mother. I recognize Rembrandt’s painted face of his mother better than I recognize the real face of mine.”Aaliya’s city o [...]

    2. Rabih Alameddine is a name-dropper. By page 61 of this really exceptional novel he had dropped Sebald, Bolano, Svevo, Pessoa, Javier Marías, Dickens, Calvino, Balzac, Nabokov, Conrad, Donne, Bataille, Miller, Moravia, Shulz, Chekov, de Sade, Jong, Keats, Proulx, Garner, Rilke, Marquez, Burroughs, Mann, Becket, Welty, Saramago, Cioran and his favorite Arab writers of erotica: al-Tifashi, al-Tijani and al-Tusi. He has something to say about each of them. And then, in a flourish, in the next two p [...]

    3. This was an 'unnecessary' read for me until the last several pages in which I could fully appreciate the extent and expanse of the story, the character. Prior to that, it was depressive and heavily laden with poetical and literary references that were hurting my head. This is the story of 72 year old Aaliya, from Lebanon. A reflection of her life which she deemed as 'unnecessary'. Her definition being she was a divorcee, a mediocre cook and childless. Yet, she was highly educated, well versed in [...]

    4. Rating: 4.25* of fiveThe Publisher Says: One of Beirut’s most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller, The Hakawati, with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert, revealing Beirut’s beauties and horrors along the way.Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, divorced, and childless, Aaliya is her family’s "unnecessary appendage.” Every year, she transl [...]

    5. Update to review, October, 2017:First, I agree with my initial review completely. I love the book, again, in the same and new ways. This time I read it more slowly, giving attention to Alameddine's prose, his style and the actual words and phrases he used in describing Aaliya, her neighbors, family, neighborhood, and city. This time I became captivated by Aaliya in a different way--by her struggle with an uncaring family in her youth, a struggle that has lasted her entire life; by the strength o [...]

    6. The usual mood that prevails while reading ‘An Unnecessary Woman’ is something that can be observed during the time of a candid conversation with a fellow book lover who not only share your passion for books but also have similar reading preferences for most of the part. Mention of a personal favorite writer here, an interesting anecdote there and embellishing such dreamlike atmosphere with some lovely quotes. It’s like a sensible pampering of a reader’s soul in the most fun and exciting [...]

    7. Was it necessary to read ‘An Unnecessary Woman’? About a woman in the twilight of her life, a product of rusted times? A woman from a foreign land, and of foreign blood? A woman who offered pursed whimpers amid teeth that reeked soupy yellow? One with a musty room and a flickering temper? A borderline linguist who made peace with the unspoken word? She was nothing more than a drifting sprinkle of dust in this swirling world of men and ambition. May be, it wasn’t. It wasn’t necessary at a [...]

    8. “There is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship”David Foster Wallace"Perhaps reading and writing books is one of the last defences human dignity has left, because in the end they remind us of what God once reminded us before He too evaporated in this age of relentless humiliations - that we are more than ourselves; that we have souls."Richard FlanaganAaliya does not believe in God (to her he [...]

    9. The words ‘in my element’ flashed through my mind several times as I was reading this book because I was literally in my element, as if the adverb ‘literally’ and the phrase ‘in my element’ had been invented so that I could apply them to the experience of reading An Unnecessary Woman. It seemed as if the book concerned me and my life in a very personal way, though I am not a self-taught Lebanese intellectual, as is Rabih Alameddine’s narrator, Aaliya Sohbi. If the book spoke to me [...]

    10. 4.5 Rating! Until I came to page 195 --I was sure I was going to give this book a 5 star rating. The positives for this book are STRONG!!!!! The negative-- on the top half of page 195 does not sit right with me! This is what The New York Times wrote about this book: .(I 'almost' agree)"An Unnecessary Woman" is a meditation on, among other things, aging, politics, literature, loneliness, grief, and resilience. If there are flaws to this beautiful and absorbing novel, they are not readily apparent [...]

    11. Of course, the moment of enlightenment was when dear Aaliyo discovered coffee. The coffee is ambrosia, a flavor of heaven. And that's how my mind worked at the end of this book. A little bit of my own trumpery about the life of the seventy-two-year-old woman in Beiroet. So jejune of me. After all, Aaliya Sohbi lived alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. "Godless, fatherless, divorced, and childless, Aaliya is her family’s "unnecessary appendage.” Three witches, as [...]

    12. I was in Haifa, Israel, seeing Jordan in the not-so-far distance, and finished this book that insinuated what happened to the soul of a young, sweet refugee Palestinian boy who simply wanted to read at the bookstore into what he'd likely become under the constant war in Lebanon. His village, "west of Haifa", was destroyed by the crazed and crazy state of Israel. I came to Haifa to see the Baha'i Gardens, decades after that religious group gave me a public award for anti-racism work in New Hampsh [...]

    13. I read another review here on , and the reviewer stated that he loved Aaliyah. I can do him one better than that: I actually AM Aailyah.She is a 72 year old, divorced, childless, Beiruti woman, living alone in a decaying apartment, practically abandoned by her mother and half-brothers. I am a little younger, American, married, have a grown daughter, a job, and a fairly active life with friends and family. Outwardly different, but inside my head, just like Aaliya. Exactly the same.Aaliya worked a [...]

    14. I found myself completely engrossed in this strange and quietly melancholic tale of elderly Aaliya and her musings. At once a love letter to her beloved city of Beirut, a celebration of literature, and a meditative look back on her life, this story captivated and moved me. Although Aaliya’s life was relatively uneventful (even through war times, arranged marriage and her AK-47), it was more interesting than I thought it would be. Maybe that’s the point. Most of us will not have a life filled [...]

    15. "Hope is forgivable when you're young, isn't it? With no suspicion of irony, without a soupçon of cynicism, hope lures with its siren song."After finishing this voluptuous novel, I am seriously at a loss for words. I'm not a real fan of books about protagonist musings that lead nowhere, but this novel was delightful. Aaliya is a single Beiruti woman in her 70s, living alone in a tiny apartment surrounded by the books she loves. Wary of people in general, she passes the years working on "project [...]

    16. The puttering, nervous recluse and his book is a familiar stereotype in the reading life of any bibliophile. Or any moviegoer with a taste for fantastic, cloak-and-dagger or the sort of conspiracy with historical clues and the need for specialists. However, instead of using the stereotype as a stepping stone for a hero or an affirmation of a set of lifestyle choices that is, by the medium of its delivery, guaranteed to find a sympathetic audience, Alameddine chooses to use the slightly odd life [...]

    17. Just before I began this book I learned that Rabih is a man’s name, a Middle-Eastern man’s name. It means, alternatively, “spring,” or “winner.” I wondered what kind of Middle Eastern man felt he could write a book about the internal life of an aging widow. And now I know. It would be a man who reads.This is a book about loneliness and connection. Aaliya, a name meaning “the exalted one,” is a translator. That is, she spends her time translating into Arabic books written in Engli [...]

    18. I stared reading this in e-book format a while back and just wasn't in the mood for an introspective novel. Plus there are just some novels I need to read in actual book form and though I set it aside I knew this was a book that I would probably love at some point or another. So it proved. This is a very introspective novel, a 72 yr old woman, although once married long ago she has been divorced for a very long time. Her world is books, poetry and music, she loves her solitude and her city, Beru [...]

    19. Lovely, Introspective, Character Driven NovelThis novel won't be for everyone. If you like lots of action, a fast moving story, chase scenes, violence, sex scenes, etc this won't be your book (although there is one sex scene in it :) )If, on the other hand, you have a tolerance for slower moving stories in which many things do happen, but more slowly; and you like books that delve deeply in the the interior state of a single character, you'll love this. The book really consists of a monologue by [...]

    20. A generous three stars. The author may one day write a wonderful novel -- there were a handful of perfectly phrased, insightful passages -- but I too often disbelieved this one's artifice, its artful artlessness. I didn't trust it -- the author clearly animated the voice and its perception. Too many similes in the language, everything overimbued (ie, sentences suffered from Clever Analogy Overload Disorder). Intertexual intrusion to the freaking max, always arriving right on schedule, always bre [...]

    21. I am drawn to portraits of women on the so-called margins, Toibin's Brooklyn and other of his works come to mind, as well as Messud's The Woman Upstairs, whose main character thinks in literary references, as does Aaliya in this novel, not to show off, there is no one to show off to, but because literature is what she lives, breathes and even prays to, calling on writers, such as "O Coetzee" and "O Flaubert," to help her in her time of need.Aaliya is as prickly as Strout's Olive Kitteridge. She [...]

    22. When I read the blurb I blushed. I know writers lead busy lives. So, when one takes time out to write a book specifically for me my humility flows in torrents.In this case a study of the internal life of a character (A 72 year old woman in Beirut) who lives in solitude in her apartment where she has lived for years. It is stacked full of books. What more do I need? Two and a half morsels of food and three drips of water a day. The cover is a bright red and it quickly became my red book waiting f [...]

    23. The first thing that strikes a reader of this book is the vibrancy of the speaker’s voice. Here are the first two paragraphs:You could say I was thinking of other things when I shampooed my hair blue, and two glasses of red wine didn’t help my concentration.Let me explain.I just couldn’t help being drawn in by this first person narrator Aaliya, a seventy-two year old woman living alone in Beruit. She’s deemed unnecessary because (as the bookflap tells us) she is “Godless, fatherless, c [...]

    24. Aaliya Salech tem um ritual. ”Desde os meus vinte e dois anos, ou seja, desde que sou adulta, começo sempre uma tradução no dia 1 de janeiro. Tenho noção de que é feriado e de que a maior parte das pessoas prefere celebrar a trabalhar no dia de Ano Novo. (…) Ao longo destes últimos cinquenta anos, traduzi quase quarenta livros: trinta e sete, se não estou em erro. Algumas obras levaram mais de um ano, outras recusaram-se a ser traduzidas, e uma ou duas mataram-me de tédio… não as [...]

    25. I really wanted to like this book and I tried to get into it but it felt like sitting next to a great aunt at Thanksgiving who rambles on and on. By the time she says something interesting you realize that you haven't heard a word she has said for the last twenty minutes because you were mentally debating the merits of getting another piece of pie vs. fitting into pants the next day. Now she has said something fairly interesting (along the lines of "that was the year I nearly shot a man with an [...]

    26. “I’m not sure that the discovery of love is necessarily more exquisite than the discovery of poetry, or more sensuous for that matter.”When little Aaliya’s mother discovered that her daughter had lost her purse, she predicted in a Delphi moment that Aaliya will never make a lady. Aaliya hadn’t lost the purse, she had exchanged it for an illustrated copy of 'A Tale of Two Cities'.A reader"I am a reader. Yes, I am a reader with nagging back pain."Being taken out of school at age of fifte [...]

    27. There is so much to love in this book - beautifully written, a complex and compelling main character, a vivid exploration of a foreign culture and an homage to books and the love of reading.Aaliyah Saleh is the narrator and she is speaking to you, the reader. Aaliyah is divorced, childless and friendless and has lived on her own for many years in an apartment in Beirut. She worked in a bookstore but is now retired. Each year, she translates a major piece of literature from French or English to A [...]

    28. A beautiful book for bibliophiles.This book is a gorgeous character study of an aging misanthrope who loves, loves, loves literature. All forms of art, really, but literature in particular. And like all misanthropes, inside she is a quivery, sad, anxious mess of longing and need for human contact. She may sublimate all she wants by translating, but the ending shows how much of a cover-up this sublimation is and - within the context of the lives lived in Beirut over the past 72 years - how much t [...]

    29. After reading Rabih Alameddine's last novel the Hakawati, I became something of an evangelist, pushing it on all my friends (who, given its length, were somewhat resistant). With "An Unnecessary Woman," the author goes in an entirely different direction. The novel's narrator is an elderly Lebanese woman living in Beirut who translates novels -- one a year -- as a hobby. In an ironic opening for this ironic novel, we find her considering the a work by Sebald, the great deceased German author to w [...]

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