À Procura de Nouf

Procura de Nouf Um romance de mist rio passado na Ar bia Saudita H uma semana que Nayir Ash Sharqui guia do deserto e mu ulmano fiel e praticante anda procura de Nouf irm do seu amigo Othman e filha mais velha de

  • Title: À Procura de Nouf
  • Author: Zoë Ferraris
  • ISBN: 9789896281236
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • Um romance de mist rio passado na Ar bia Saudita.H uma semana que Nayir Ash Sharqui, guia do deserto e mu ulmano fiel e praticante, anda procura de Nouf, irm do seu amigo Othman e filha mais velha de uma conhecida e abastada fam lia saudita Ningu m sabe ao certo se ela foi raptada, se simplesmente fugiu, mas, quando um grupo de bedu nos encontra finalmente o seu corpoUm romance de mist rio passado na Ar bia Saudita.H uma semana que Nayir Ash Sharqui, guia do deserto e mu ulmano fiel e praticante, anda procura de Nouf, irm do seu amigo Othman e filha mais velha de uma conhecida e abastada fam lia saudita Ningu m sabe ao certo se ela foi raptada, se simplesmente fugiu, mas, quando um grupo de bedu nos encontra finalmente o seu corpo sem vida, Othman pede a Nayir que descubra como foi Nouf acabar, morta e gr vida, no meio do deserto.A tarefa de Nayir n o de forma alguma facilitada pelos c digos sociais rabes n o lhe permitido falar com as irm s nem com as amigas de Nouf, nem, de resto, com qualquer mulher solteira que n o venha escoltada por um parente S os homens da fam lia os irm os e o noivo de Nouf poder o dar lhe informa es sobre a vida da jovem Mas nenhum deles parece poder, ou querer, faz lo A nica pessoa que est disposta a ajudar Nayir, quer ele queira a ajuda dela, quer n o, a noiva de Othman, uma rapariga emancipada chamada Katya, que trabalha no gabinete do m dico legista Num pa s onde os c digos morais e religiosos s o dos mais r gidos, o comportamento independente de Katya choca com tudo aquilo que Nayir acredita dever ser pr prio de uma mulher Mas, medida que v o trabalhando juntos na resolu o do assassinato de Nouf, Nayir come a a apreciar a intelig ncia viva de Katya e a sua paix o pela verdade e, medida que cresce a sua admira o por ela, vai se estreitando cada vez mais o abismo entre os seus desejos e as suas cren as Lutando simultaneamente com as suas convic es religiosas e com o enorme desejo de encontrar uma mulher e fundar uma fam lia, a investiga o de Nayir cedo se transforma numa busca da verdade n o apenas em rela o ao que aconteceu a Nouf, mas tamb m em rela o a si pr prio.Uma intriga magnificamente tecida num romance que consegue reunir ao suspense e a um desenlace surpreendente a originalidade de uma perspectiva nica, inteligente e sem preconceitos sobre os c digos de uma sociedade que continua a ser, para n s, ocidentais, largamente desconhecida.

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    1. "A family buries a woman with her back to Mecca only when she carries a baby in her belly, a baby whose face, in death, must be turned in the direction of the Holy Mosque."When Nayir Sharqi is asked by his friend Othman Shrawi to find his missing sister, Nouf, he had no idea what he is getting into. He knows the Saudi Arabian desert as well as a Bedouin and he knows better than anyone how quickly the heat and dehydration can kill a 16 year old girl. She lost her camel. To lose your camel in the [...]

    2. I was very excited when I heard a review of this book on NPR as I grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and there are very few novels set in my hometown. However, after reading the book I was extremely disappointed as I did not recognise any of the Jeddah that I know in the book. Jeddah comes to life at night, and that is when the women would be shopping in the malls or open air souks, and not early in the morning before dawn prayers. I laughed at the scene where Katya's sandals start melting in the [...]

    3. This satisfies my fascination with mystery stories set in different cultural contexts. The book is the first in a series of three featuring Palestinian immigrant to Saudi Arabia, Nayir, as an informal investigator. His work as a desert guide leads him to become tasked to help a wealthy friend and customer search for a missing teen-aged sister, Nouf, believed to have fled to the desert with a camel. She turns up dead, strangely from drowning. The medical examiner ignores clues of foul play and la [...]

    4. I loved this book, but for what I think are different reasons than the author intended. Or maybe not. It's a murder mystery as I'm sure you would gather from reading the book jacket. A girl goes missing and is found dead in the desert and some people are guessing foul play. Okay. Great. To me, however, the book is really about Muslim culture. And that's why I loved it. It's an open window, which isn't always available otherwise, to the Muslim culture, beliefs and how devout Muslims feel about th [...]

    5. It was a good crime story with a little bit of intrigue build in, although the murderer was known from an early stage. Nevertheless, the plight of women received enough attention to make the book an interesting read. The story was different from the other books I enjoyed about the Middle-Eastern region. As a debut novel it was very good, but needs a little oomph - more drama and suspense - to make it work. There is some stereotypical cliches worked in that could have been avoided. For instance, [...]

    6. As you're unraveling the mystery of what happened to Nouf, the author reveals the mysteries of living in a strictly repressive Saudi Arabian society.Zoe Ferraris has a dual perspective that is helpful in this book. She's an American, so she knows all the things Americans wouldn't understand about the details of Saudi life and culture. And she has the rarer perspective of having once been married to a man of Palestinian-Bedouin heritage. So she lived among these people and has insider knowledge. [...]

    7. I'm torn between giving this book 1 or 2 stars. I feel as if there should be two reviews.First review:This is an interesting murder mystery set in Saudi Arabia. The reader will think they are being given a behind the scenes look into everyday life in Saudi Arabia, which adds to some of the intrigue. Setting aside, the plot encourages reader to continue reading to find out "whodunnit" without resorting to the over the top style of murder mystery that seems really popular these days (you know what [...]

    8. This is a really excellent mystery, set in the unusual setting of Saudi Arabia. Nouf ash-Shrawi, the sixteen year old daughter of a wealthy Saudi family, disappears shortly before her wedding. Desert guide Nayir is asked to bring her back, but when she is found dead he is asked by the family to investigate what happened to her. This leads to him having to work with a woman, Katya Hijazi, which makes him very uncomfortable in the heavily segregated society he lives in. His loyalties, faith and cu [...]

    9. The story was very intriguing, with an interesting plot that keeps the reader coming back for more. The imagery involved and the author’s understanding of Saudi Arabian culture was very obvious, and she even used many Arabic words and phrases that are common there. However, as a Muslim, I winced at many of the situations she described, feeling that they were continuations of untrue stereotypes held by others. While the author has a wonderful grasp of Saudi culture, she obviously knows very lit [...]

    10. Book Review:Would it compel you to read a book where the body of brutally disfigured woman is found in the desert? Maybe, maybe not. Would it then compel you to read the book if it was found that the young woman died not of dehydration, but by drowning? Indeed, how is this possible?Aided by Katya, Nayir is determined to find out what has happend to Nouf. However, in order to do that he must gain acess to the inaccessible: the hidden world of women. Get ready for an intriguing voyage into Saudi r [...]

    11. 3.5-3.75 stars. The death of a young Saudi aristocrat is investigated by Nayir, a friend of the family who is a desert guide, and a young woman Katya, betrothed to an adopted brother in the family. Nayir's character is somewhat inconsistent, with strong cultural beliefs about women, who manages to work with Katya in solving the mystery. Katya's character is much better, helping to show the deep gender divide in Saudi culture, and then make herself successful in contravention thereof. The cultura [...]

    12. Nayir ash-Sharqi is a Palestinian desert guide living in Saudi Arabia who is often mistaken as a Bedouin. His best friend, Othman Shrawi, is the adopted son of a wealthy and influential Saudi family. When Othman's sixteen-year-old sister Nouf goes missing, along with a camel and a ute, Nayir is called upon to help search for her in the desert.Her body is found ten days later, in a wadi - a dry rivulet that floods when the rains come. Cause of death: drowning. But there are defensive wounds on he [...]

    13. You know what occurred to me the other day? It has been way too long since I read a book with camels in it.What caught my attention about this book is the premise: In a blazing hot desert in Saudi Arabia, a search party is dispatched to find a missing young woman. I poured myself tall glasses of passion ice tea and settled in for what I hoped would be a great read. Alas, it was not. There is a mystery at the heart of the story, but as far as mysteries go, it was rather light. More interesting we [...]

    14. If I could give this 2 and a half stars, that's what it would receive. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It's a story about a 16 year old Saudi Arabian girl who goes missing and is found dead, the rest of the book deals with solving the reason behind her disappearance and also paints a picture of the underlying oppression felt by the women in that society. I think my biggest problem with the book is that it just felt way too verbose for such a small story. I realized by the end of t [...]

    15. CSI: Jeddah.It would be hard to find two more different cities to compare than Jeddah and Las Vegas except that they both lie in deserts. The reconstruction of a young girl's final days that led to her death involve forensic studies in the restrictive atmosphere of the strict Saudi landscape, presenting an eyewitness account of what life is like in that society. Ferraris, who lived in Arabia in the 1990's, is generous with her details and imaginative in her plotting. The mystery around which the [...]

    16. For fans of the mystery/crime genre, you will likely be disappointed by this rather predictable and implausible whodunit. The true mystery and intrigues of this novel are Islam, Saudi Arabia, and the two principal characters' relationships with their culture, their religion, their internal lives and their interactions with each other. The book beautifully displays the confusion, pride, fear and devotion Saudis have toward their land, their social structure and the struggle to maintain integrity [...]

    17. I really liked this book! For once I'm writing just a quick review but in no way shape or form does the size of my review indicate my feelings towards this book. This was a goodie! This is a murder mystery that takes place in Saudi Arabia investigated by a Palestinian Bedouin desert guide and a burka covered female medical examiner/lab technician. In the midst of all the laws, culture and nuances of this country this is really a great story, mystery and educator into a place that most may not be [...]

    18. An "okay" mystery story with quite good characterization and character development. The real, REAL star of the book is the setting: contemporary Saudi Arabia. We are taken to the desert, to the city of Jedda, to workplaces, the marina, modest homes and mansions, and more. The narration occurs mostly in the men's sphere but there is some in the women's as well. It's a fascinating look into this world. The protagonist visits an Aramco compound and talks with several Americans, and these scenes are [...]

    19. Fantastic book! An editor friend of mine sent me a galley of this book, which will be released in June 2008. I highly recommend this book and urge you to get it the moment it becomes available to the public!"Finding Nouf" is a spectacular literary mystery about a 16 year old Saudi girl who goes missing and is found dead in the desert outside of Jeddah. The cirmcumstances of her death are investigated by two people -- a religiously conservative male desert guide and a female lab worker -- who bec [...]

    20. Krimić na saudijski način - drugačija kultura koja nama nije bliska i uvijek nas čudi, zatvorene i pokrivene žene zato mi je i ovo bio samo jedan jako "pristojan" krimić, bez krvi, luđaka ubojica (iako imamo leš) i veće napetosti. Sporo, nešto od sadržaja apsolutno predvidivo a kad vidim koliko je vremena proteklo otkad sam ga započela čitati, ovo je onaj od onih romana koji se brzo stave "ad acta" i više ne spominju.

    21. I loved this book. it just showed beautifully how different world views are and gives you a bit of an insight into the thinking of people in Saudi Arabia I was shocked to see that during reading some things seem to be normal because they are normal for the MC. but when you start thinking about it there is no way I would accept some behaviour great read

    22. 3.5 stars. A murder mystery set in modern day Saudi Arabia. When a runaway teenage girl is found dead, her family tries to cover up a scandal, but two friends of the family are unable to dismiss their suspicions of murder.This is well written for a first novel. The mystery is unremarkable in itself, but it serves as a framework to describe life in a rigid, repressive society where the sexes are strictly segregated and women must be always escorted and veiled in public.I often read historical nov [...]

    23. I picked it up because of my morbid curiosity about how a western woman who lived in Saudi would write about the place. It's both a murder mystery - worthy of the significant object of the story - a Colombo jacket that the main character buys at the unlikely jacket bazaar in downtown Jeddah, and a mediation about women's lives in the culture of extreme modesty (and some would say oppression) in the country. I can't decide if Ferrais imparted too much sympathy on the part of her main character, N [...]

    24. A definite 4.5 thanks to Barb Dalious for sharing this one.Nouf is a young Saudi girl who drowned in the desert. That is only one part of the mystery. Despite the official "accidental drowning" ruling, one person from her large family hires Nayir ash-Sharqi, a desert guide, to look into her death. That brother also asks his fianceé, Katya Hijazi, to help.The combination of these two investigators is equally intriguing. He (Nayir) is a traditional Muslim, troubled by the flouting of the Qur'an's [...]

    25. Actually, I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. It's a mystery set in Saudi Arabia, and while the mystery part was good, the real reason I liked it was reading about life in Saudi Arabia from the perspective of a reasonably nice guy. I have read so many horror stories and had come to see all Saudi men as control-freak monsters. This book was written by an American who was married to a Saudi, and I feel like she gives them a fair shake. It's still clear that it sucks to be a woman there, but I [...]

    26. This book is the first in a series about a Saudi Arabian detective and although I have already read #2 and #3 in the series that didn't alter my enjoyment of this book. I really love the way the author weaved together the suspense of the story with cultural information about life in Saudi Arabia. In addition the presence of a prominent female character who is a forensic scientist makes the series particularly enjoyable. Definitively recommended.

    27. Zoe Ferraris makes me appreciate G. Willow Wilson's literary and imaginative talents, as well as her politics and worldview. That said, I'll be reading more of this series (interspersed with re-readings of that blog post about liking problematic media). I need to find out what happens with Nayyir and Katya.

    28. I enjoyed this book, which introduces the reader to the modern religious culture of Saudi Arabia while also presenting us with a mystery to solve along with the two sleuths, a male desert guide a female forensic lab technician. I think I found the cultural introduction more interesting than the case.

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