Celestial Bodies

    • 3.5 • 6 Ratings
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Publisher Description

This winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize and national bestseller is “an innovative reimagining of the family saga . . . Celestial Bodies is itself a treasure house: an intricately calibrated chaos of familial orbits and conjunctions, of the gravitational pull of secrets" (The New York Times Book Review).

In the village of al-Awafi in Oman, we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who chooses to refuse all offers and await a reunion with the man she loves, who has emigrated to Canada.

These three women and their families, their losses and loves, unspool beautifully against a backdrop of a rapidly changing Oman, a country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present. Through the sisters, we glimpse a society in all its degrees, from the very poorest of the local slave families to those making money through the advent of new wealth.

The first novel originally written in Arabic to ever win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English, Celestial Bodies marks the arrival in the United States of a major international writer.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
October 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Catapult
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
1.6
MB

Customer Reviews

dragonflyAGK ,

Patience paid off

By the time I finished this book I could say I liked it, but it was a rocky start. Some of the content felt superfluous—I would think, why did the author include this? Sometimes she would come back around to it and fit it into the whole of the book, sometimes not. It wasn’t until I got to the last third of the book that I felt a cohesiveness to most of the story. This structure did not seem necessary to the storytelling, so I would have preferred a different flow. That said, It was a good story and characters, as well as insight into another culture, which I really appreciate.

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