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“Frank, enraging, and captivating.” ( The New Yorker)
“Powerful and enlightening...Brooks presents stunning vignettes of Muslim women...and carefully distinguishes misogyny and oppressive cultural traditions from what she considers the true teachings of the Koran.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“There has been nothing finer on the subject from a Western observer...she looks at it from the heart...mixing historical perspective with piercingly observed journalism.” ( Newsday)

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Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brooks’ intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah’s widow—and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair.

In Saudi Arabia, she eludes the severe segregation of the sexes and attends a bacchanal, laying bare the hypocrisy of this austere, male-dominated society. In war-torn Ethiopia, she watches as a female gynecologist repairs women who have undergone genital mutilation justified by a distorted interpretation of Islam.

In villages and capitals throughout the Middle East, she finds that a feminism of sorts has flowered under the forbidding shroud of the chador as she makes other startling discoveries that defy our stereotypes about the Muslim world. Nine Parts of Desire is much more than a captivating work of firsthand reportage; it is also an acute analysis of the world’s fastest-growing religion, deftly illustrating how Islam’s holiest texts have been misused to justify the repression of women. It was, after all, the Shiite leader Ali who proclaimed that “God created sexual desire in ten parts, then gave nine parts to women.”

©1995 Copyright © Geraldine Brooks 1995, 2008, 2011. (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • 総合評価
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  • Kayla
  • 2017/12/05

Turns out Muslim women are real people!

I bought this a year ago and loved the first listen. I'm listening again, more actively this time, and learning so much.

I've had a lot of fear and ignorance about the Muslim world --it's history, it's women, etc. This book does a good job of explaining how things got to be the way they are. I particularly like the comment one character made about how the limitations imposed on women today stem from Mohammad's trying to keep the peace in his polygamous household.

I didn't know the story of Aisha and how her life's story is interpreted differently by different religious groups. Definitely one of many "Ohhhh, I get it...." moments.

I love the dovetailing of ancient history and recent modern history.

Reads like a novel; informs like a textbook.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Beatriz
  • 2017/03/09

A good book badly read.

I am very curious about the lives of women in Islamic countries, that's why I bought this book but I got somehow lost among so many names and other unimportant information that permeates the narrative of very interesting facts. In my opinion, although the overall review of the book is good, Ms Brooks's reading is really discouraging! She reads in a very monotonous voice and doesn't pronounce the whole sentences in a clear and vivid way, as it should be to grasp the listener's attention. She reads her own book as if she was tired and bored of it. This book deserved a better performance.

  • 総合評価
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  • Verna
  • 2013/09/26

Auto-ethnography and good research

Would you listen to Nine Parts of Desire again? Why?

I've listened to this book several times and found something new in each re-telling. It's powerful because much of the book is drawn from Ms Brooks' own experience, then it's coupled with some excellent research of the context. So the book has strong credibility. She's not judgemental in the telling - it's a finely drawn balance of experience, what others say, her opinion, and giving the other side of the story. Well done on this one!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nine Parts of Desire?

The discussion about female genital mutilation, the clear assertion that this has nothing to do with Islam (which I knew - it's also practiced in other communities, includeing some christian communities; it's more a cultural practice). But it was Ms Brooks' lived experience in many islamic countries that makes the book memorable. Her descriptions of the 'unveiling' of women - their private lives.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found I wanted to tap into this book at intervals. It was thought-provoking, so needed some 'soak time' to enable me to digest the messages.

Any additional comments?

Good on Ms Brooks reading her own book. Given it's her story that's appropriate. She's not the best narrator in the universe, but does a very reasonable job. Knowing it was her voice delivering her story and her message gives the book additional credibility in this audio version.

  • 総合評価
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  • Minivan Lee
  • 2012/10/03

I would read this again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

I love Geraldine Brooks. I read "Year of Wonders" and was hooked on this author. She is also the narrator in that book as well. Geraldine is a superb author and, quite frankly, her voice soothes me. It does. I learned much about Islam and the dark under belly of that religion, but also the lives of women in the Middle East. Geraldine is my favorite author to day

  • 総合評価
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  • Carl
  • 2013/12/30

Well worth your time

Geraldine spent many years living in the middle east meeting with the important men of the day and many of their wives or widows as well as the everyday women in all walks of life. She goes back to the Qumran and compares what it says with the various practices in countries. She follows successful women who take the veil as well as other women trying to throw it off.
It has been updated and she discusses the trend toward conservative thought.

  • 総合評価
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  • CW
  • 2021/06/24

As an Iranian woman born a few years after the revolution

I have read this book with skepticism. A book that tells the story of women in countries like my homeland, written 2 decades ago can be damaging to the image of the people of these countries. But I should say the book was fair, and true to the parts I could judge. I loved her narration and her perspective.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Maureen L.
  • 2020/11/22

A good read

A glimpse into a world where few foreigners get a chance to experience. Touching in places and horrific in others. A definite conversation starter.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Frieda
  • 2020/08/14

Nine Parts of Desire

Really didn’t care for the subject matter of this book. I’ve read many books like this one. Very sad and I feel for those women held in captivity in their own bodies. Just terrible.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Lauren B
  • 2020/06/27

Good but hard.

This book was amazing, and informative but also very graphic in some parts.

If you know & love Arab women, or just want a deeper look into their culture, this is a good choice.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Happy in Philly
  • 2020/06/10

Engaging and informative

The narrators voice is very engaging and I was led onward into the story because of her cadence and tone.

The stories were troublesome and enlightening throughout the entire book! I am looking forward to listening to this non-fiction publication and have recommended it to numerous women friends!
Thank you so much for such a thorough book for those of us who see this topic as an unknown territory. I think those who do know it will find it extremely informative as well!

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  • 総合評価
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  • DMac17
  • 2014/08/04

Very enlightening and engaging

What made the experience of listening to Nine Parts of Desire the most enjoyable?

This book was an enthralling and enlightening insight into the life of Islamic women from the perspective of an author who gave a balanced and beautifully scribed perspective on such a complex and intriguing topic.
The backdrop of the book is an (obviously) very interesting decade in the author's life, but the main focus is on the characters and lives of the Islamic women the author has the opportunity to observe and sometimes befriend.

Any additional comments?

The book is very nicely narrated and I was sorry when it ended. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who would like to broaden their horizons and learn about women of a different culture and religion.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Akash Venkataramanan
  • 2017/12/13

great book

great book, recommend it for anyone looking to know more of the middle east's culture

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • mamma c
  • 2013/10/13

Thought provoking

Where does Nine Parts of Desire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most interesting and thought provoking books I have listened to. It increased my knowledge of the subject 100% and I am very glad to have a better understanding.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nine Parts of Desire?

It was all memorable and a book I shall certainly listen to again to take in parts I may have missed before.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No as there is quite a lot to take in and each chapter requires some reflection and thought. There were also bits that I wanted to check out and find out more about on the internet.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't describe this as a joyous book as some women's lives by my standards are full of hardship and difficulty, however I have a better understanding of the part religious belief plays in their lives. Maybe my life would be better if I had a strongly held religious belief?

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jones
  • 2015/07/08

Outstanding: a must read for all - not only women.

Geraldine Brooks is a gifted writer. Although this book was written 20 years ago, it has more relevance than ever for the average westerner to understand the religiously motivated issues facing the world today.

The personal accounts, so cleverly and respectfully told, give insight into a world which is poorly understood by most westerners.

The updated epilogue wraps up the whole story very well.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019/06/03

Simply brilliant

Thought provoking and beautifully written with passion,logic and compassion. A must read for all women

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018/05/29

Eye opening, captivating

Absolutely amazing and eye opening. I think everyone needs to listen to this and be reminded about how easily our unconscious bias can cloud our ability to really see how beautiful people are. But it’s also a stark reminder about how much progress is yet to be made for women’s rights across the world.