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A Muslim family experiences tragedy and growth under Islamic law when their father, Aziz Zeitoun, violently repudiates his wife, Nayla, then attempts to remarry her within Islamic regulations.


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A Muslim family experiences tragedy and growth under Islamic law when their father, Aziz Zeitoun, violently repudiates his wife, Nayla, then attempts to remarry her within Islamic regulations.

43 review for The Abductor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I was scratching my head the same way after reading Marouane's perplexing "The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris." Her writing in both books has strong elements of surrealism but, unlike the famous South American masters of the genre, there's nothing to ground her stories. This book is told from the point of view of a teenage daugher in an unnamed Islamic country. Themes include Islamic custom and law, rape, and the patriarchal father's brutal treatment of his daughters and his wife. The Weste I was scratching my head the same way after reading Marouane's perplexing "The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris." Her writing in both books has strong elements of surrealism but, unlike the famous South American masters of the genre, there's nothing to ground her stories. This book is told from the point of view of a teenage daugher in an unnamed Islamic country. Themes include Islamic custom and law, rape, and the patriarchal father's brutal treatment of his daughters and his wife. The Western world beckons, surreal, in the background, promising a dubious redemption. The narrator is totally unreliable because, as in "Islamist in Paris," she's losing her mind. I wonder if there's something wrong with the translation into English (Marouane writes in French). I just don't know what to make of these stories and it's quite frustrating.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeruen

    This was an interesting book. Though I must say, not as interesting as the first book of Leïla Marouane that I have picked up, which was The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris. While that book was absolutely hilarious and mind-blowing, this current one is slightly more tempered, and I have mixed opinions about it. The topic is the same: how religion makes everything farcical. This book is after all a tragicomedy. There is a father, Aziz, who has a son and several daughters. They live somewhere This was an interesting book. Though I must say, not as interesting as the first book of Leïla Marouane that I have picked up, which was The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris. While that book was absolutely hilarious and mind-blowing, this current one is slightly more tempered, and I have mixed opinions about it. The topic is the same: how religion makes everything farcical. This book is after all a tragicomedy. There is a father, Aziz, who has a son and several daughters. They live somewhere in Algeria. And the women of the house do not have permission to go out of the house without a male relative, either the father or the son. The son is married, and when the daughter-in-law gives birth, there was an incident which forces the mother to storm out of the house and immediately go to the clinic. However, this is a shocker, since she hasn't asked permission, and she left the house without a man. And when the father learns about this, this causes the father to repudiate and divorce her. He then later regrets this act, but what is done is done. So he hatches a plan where his ex-wife can get married to someone else, and that someone else would then divorce her, and so that allows him to remarry her. Such a complicated plan, but of course this is only the case because people are restricted by their stupid religious rules. Everything seems to be going according to plan, but unfortunately there has been a change of plans, and the mother stays married to another man. This throws the entire family into chaos. I won't describe in detail what happens next, but needless to say, the entire family breaks up, and the father dies in the end. There have been massive accidents, and everyone is hurt at some point. Like I said, it's a tragicomedy. Though there are also parts where I felt like it was slowly drifting toward magical realism. In any case, there were parts which I found hard to follow, and the story was just getting more and more complicated, to the point that I wondered how complicated it could further be. I was starting to reach the limits of my suspension of disbelief. In any case, 200 pages later, the novel ends and there isn't a nice ending at all. It's as if the story isn't finished yet. I suppose I picked this book up only because I liked The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris and I wanted to read another book written by Marouane. If you want to check her works, then I suggest not beginning when this one. I give this 3 out of 5 stars. See my other book reviews here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaj Peters

    Misschien had het warrige slothoofdstuk van haar debuutroman -'La Fille de la Casbah' (1996) - een teken aan de wand moeten zijn: 'Ravisseur' (1998) is namelijk een chaotisch soepzooitje. De drie aktes barsten uit hun voegen van de ongeloofwaardige soapverwikkelingen, de slecht uitgewerkte personages en de geforceerde pogingen om geestesziekte en trauma mee te verbeelden. Het is een vervelende roman die oppervlakkig raakt aan interessante thema's (zoals religieuze hypocrisie in wetgeving en omga Misschien had het warrige slothoofdstuk van haar debuutroman -'La Fille de la Casbah' (1996) - een teken aan de wand moeten zijn: 'Ravisseur' (1998) is namelijk een chaotisch soepzooitje. De drie aktes barsten uit hun voegen van de ongeloofwaardige soapverwikkelingen, de slecht uitgewerkte personages en de geforceerde pogingen om geestesziekte en trauma mee te verbeelden. Het is een vervelende roman die oppervlakkig raakt aan interessante thema's (zoals religieuze hypocrisie in wetgeving en omgangsvormen), maar het mist subtiliteit om meer uit het materiaal te halen dan dolkomische flauwigheden.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    A story of Arab femininity deliberately brutalized and inadvertently set free by a traditional Arab man.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kris

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    Lagatta

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    Kirsten Irish

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    Taylor

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    SP Mugler

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    Christopher

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    Ching-In

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    Katerina Kasioumi

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    Felicity Mcnab

  41. 4 out of 5

    altough2008

  42. 5 out of 5

    Elyse T.

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    Faisal

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