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"A year and a half after bringing her attacker to justice, rape victim Farida is trying to move on with her life. But now she faces a new set of challenges as she faces a society that instead of embracing her as a victim, tears her apart with its looks and whispers, a society that judges her blindly and silently, wonders if she asked for it. Farida faces her biggest challenge yet: the fight for her very identity and her right to live as a whole person"
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Aug 25, 2011The read gives a general feeling of "fight against the bad situations" inspires survival and hope. The description of feelings is quite real. There's also action that makes the mix result in an addictive read.
Jun 7, 20111- By Bernard S. Schaffer (http://www.amazon.com/Ruptured-ebook/dp/B0052TGV84/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2): First, I'd like to congratulate author Tarek Refaat for RUPTURED. He lives in Egypt and chose to tackle a taboo subject that I haven't seen many others do. The fact is that women are repressed in the Middle East and subjugated to arcane rules that make most Westerners scratch their heads. Me saying this might piss off a lot of people who read this, including women of Middle Eastern descent. I happen to have some experience with women of this kind, being engaged to one. When she reads this, I'm going to have some explaining to do, no doubt. Do me a favor and don't tell her. But I digress, Tarek boldly chose to address the topic of rape and how it casts a shadow over the women who are victims of this crime. While it might not seem quite so dramatic to us, it is quite serious over there. I am glad that along with the many other ways Middle Eastern people are revolting against the old ways,... More > men like Tarek are brave enough to take on this as well. So, kudos to you, my friend. Keep up the good work. That being said, I'm going to give a little constructive criticism here. Tarek writes in a very dramatic, oh-so serious fashion. It's like having someone standing over you with a billy club ready to whack you on the head if you don't get the point. Each chapter basically tells you what you are about to read, just in case you were anticipating not grasping it. Example: "Raped with an Untouched Soul" (In which we learn the protagonist was, in fact, raped but has an untouched soul); "Bringing Back the Pieces" (In which she brings back the pieces of her life") and "Plans of Hate" (where we discover that some bad people actually have plans of...oh you get it). There's a quality of subtlety missing in the work. I'm pretty sure that's understandable for a few different reasons. He definitely writes better in English than I do in Egyptian. Also, I think what we're seeing is that this is something the writer cares about SO DEEPLY and sees no outlet for it that he feels the need to SHOUT OUT THE INJUSTICE FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. There's passion and commitment to the material, no doubt. It just needs refining. Tarek Refaat is a writer on a journey, and I hope he takes my comments in that way. I look forward to seeing him mature as an author and continuing to take on issues that will inspire and challenge his people. With the right editorial guidance, he's going to be a powerhouse. Bernard J. Schaffer, author of Women and Other Monsters 2- By Dear Guest Magazine Egypt May-June 2011 issue: Tarek Refaat takes us through this journey of healing, artfully introducing each character, whilst leaving us sympathetically bonded. He explores the shifting cultural perception toward rape, from the acknowledgement of posttraumatic stress suffered by victims to the undue dealing of the Egyptian society. The author describes the incident itself with remarkable elusiveness, yet delicately interweaves every detail, allowing us to both connect, and clearly comprehend the victims stained taste of shame, by educating us about common misconceptions and falsities regarding statistics and information. He describes the many small steps that Farida, like so many other victims, take to cope with the shame and ruptured faith that are the cruel legacy of their attack. Refaat has achieved an impressive balance between a somberly candid account of personal trauma and an ingenious fictional debate of an all-too-often unspeakable crime, with a persuasive opportunity for his audience to seriously rethink an abomination that is repeatedly dismissed. Refaat's book raises many important questions: Why the shame of being a victim of rape? Why is the victim blamed? Why people's unreasonable ambivalent reactions to rape? And more importantly; Why the silence? He purposely and safely breaks the taboos, trying to pave the path for rape victims to speak out about this abominable and prevalent crime. This book of love, friendship, hope and courage, not only acknowledges the tremendous emotional and physical impact rape has on a woman but it reminds anyone who has suffered brokenness or loss - of our capacities to endure and rise above all... 3- Identity Magazine Egypt June 2011 issue: We will have to thank facebook again for giving us the opportunity to review the book “ Ruptured”. I found it posted on our fb page a few days back and managed to get the book from its author. An eager reader, like me, would manage to read it in a few hours. The book explains the misery of a raped woman, her feelings and sense of loss. It takes along her road of recovery saving you the intense feeling of the act of rape itself; her determination to get through the ordeal makes you feel pride. The plot is developed with great precision until the last part of the book where you suddenly find the pace is too quick. You feel things are a bit unrealistic at the end (somehow Americanized for an Egyptian book). The author’s mastering of the English language is impeccable; it is hard to tell he is Egyptian. His style is easy, honest, takes you into the story without complications of who did what. It is an enjoyable,sophisticated read, I didn’t stop until I finished . A good talent that is unleashed. Awaiting future books…< Less
Jun 7, 2011This is more than a story about rape. Ruptured is a story of how cruel people can be and the injustice it gives. Farida is a woman fighting against her fears and her terrible circumstance. I can't imagine if I would be able to be as brave as Farida. If you haven't purchased a copy, you need to do so now.
Jun 7, 2011One of my favorite parts of the book was when Amal hugs Farida. Sometimes a hug is all you need to make you feel better. Its sad that when anyone has to be the victim of rape or any type of abuse. This book should be available at every book store.
Jun 7, 2011I love that the author kept everything realistic and direct. There was a part in the story that I found to be very beneficial. Farida asked herself, why didn't she commit suicide. She answers her own question by saying "it wouldn't solve anything." This book could really help a lot of people in similar situations with the same types of feelings. Wonderful Read!!!!
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- Tarek Refaat (Standard Copyright License)
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- Shabab Books
- March 16, 2012
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