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Before She Sleeps: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“Female-centered #Dystopia from #Pakistan: Before She Sleeps, Bina Shah. Fascinating new angle on ‘emotional work’!” -- Margaret Atwood on Twitter
“Charged and thrilling…exquisite…Shah develops her multiple characters beautifully…a thoughtful novel that will stick with me for a very long time.” -- Los Angeles Times
“The most subtly disturbing of dystopias, richly textured and appallingly intimate, Before She Sleeps has hints of Huxley and Atwood but is uniquely Bina Shah.” -- Nick Harkaway, author of Gnomon and The Gone-Away World
“A haunting, dystopian thriller… Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale won’t want to miss this one.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The 21st century answer to The Handmaid’s Tale… Gripping, smart and dystopian in the most terrifying way, which is to say that it seems so very possible. Green City is the glossy, AI-powered, deeply misogynistic technocracy of our nightmares, which the free yet confined women of the Panah desperately struggle to defy.” -- Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood
“Before She Sleeps stands on its own as a novel that will have readers contemplating rebellion and revolt, sex and power, and the many ways women’s bodies are sacrificed for the good of society.” -- Booklist
“A timely novel of women’s resistance and determination. By setting her book in a future Middle East and South Asia, Bina Shah has given us a welcome addition to the feminist dystopian thriller that expands the genre beyond a white-centric gaze. Women’s stories and women’s voices―in all our diversity―are important and Bina Shah’s thriller is a necessary reminder.” -- Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
“Provocative.” -- Syfy.com, One of the Best Books of the Summer
“Shah’s novel is both explicitly connected to Atwood’s marvel [The Handmaid’s Tale] and working to expand it by imagining what a secular, Middle Eastern Gilead might look like… One of the best books of the second half of 2018.” -- The Millions --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07FCZZ6HM
- Publisher : Delphinium Books (7 August 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3740 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,034 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Name: Before She Sleeps
Author: Bina Shah
Genre: Dystopian, Satire, Future,
Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah is a satire on the present patriarchal society and the future it is heading towards. She writes about a future world that is not so far away, yet not so close. It can be considered a South Asian contemporary of The Handmaid Tale by Margaret Atwood.
This book is set in a dystopian future, where most the countries are destroyed by wars and climatic changes. The number of women has gone very low due to wars, violence and a virus, which killed a large portion of female population. To raise the number of female ratio, women are forced to take several men as husbands.
In Green City, women are seen as nothing more than reproductive machine, they are forced to go through several hormonal test and fertility test to increase their reproductive health. Bearing more children is the easiest way for poor families to climb their way into the middle class. This reminds me of the women under the Nazi rule, who were too seen in a similar way. Even in this oppressive authoritarian rule, there are some women, who refuse to be a part of this system. They are forced to hide underground, away from the oppressive system. At night, they provide a service which is now something one cannot buy, intimacy without sex.
The story is told from multiple perspective, from Sabine, Lin, Rupa to Robert Faro. Each character is so well developed, having their backstory. Each character is from a different background and had a different life, but what bound them together was their pain, they were all victim of this authoritarian government. The writing style was good and engaging. It took me some time to get into the story, but when I did, I was lost in the world of Green City. The ending was not something I expected, it left a bittersweet feeling with me and left me wondering if there will a sequel of this story.
For Further Reading:
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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