Jean Sasson is a well-known author and a lector and her country of forte is In-between Eastern society and peculiarly adult females of this country. She has a background in medical surveies and she got an chance to function in Saudi Arabia where she interacted with royal household of land of Saudi Arabia. In this background she wrote her books “ Princes ” ” Princess Sultana ‘s girl ” and ” Princes Sultana ‘s circle ” . Her other books include “ love in a Torn land ” ” Ester’schild ” ” The colza of Kuwait ” and ” Turning up bin laden ” . “ For the love of a boy ” is the latest book by jean sasson about a adult female and her battle of Afghanistan. At present she is populating in America and visits Middle East often.
Mayada because of her flush household background spent her holidaies with royal household of Iraq and at ulterior phase of life she visited Beirut for higher studies.As a professional characteristic author she joined a local newspaper and got purpose of Hussein Hussein because of her originative manner of writings.Saddam Hussein invited her to his royal castle and awarded her hard currency award and certification and encouraged her to go on to follow the way of her grandfather Sati-Al-Husri who inspired the whole Arab universe with his impressive Hagiographas.
Sasson tells that Saddam Hussein regulation was based on four “ black doors ” viz. Iran -Iraq war, Gulf war, UN countenances and internal security setup of Baathist party. Saddam Hussein exploited each of these doors to widen and procure his dictatorial regulation in Iraq. As a newsman Mayada got a rare chance to interview chemical ali a cousin of Hussein Hussein and one of the most powerful and unmerciful individual in the authorities of Iraq. His “ democratic exercising ” gave Mayada the existent position about the personality of chemical Ali and after that she experienced a alteration in her internal life. Mayda had interaction with another high profile functionary Dr.Fadil who used to see her place in order to confer with the aggregation of books of her gramps. Through Dr.Fadil, Mayada helped many hapless Iraqi households on several occasions although Dr.Fadil was non really happy to make that favour for Mayada and on several occasions he admonished her to forbear from such Acts of the Apostless.
This book is more than a mere narrative of an Iraqi adult female. It touches the history of Iraq and so explores the regional and internal political relations of Iraq. It helps to understand the state of affairs of Iran – Iraq war ( 1980-1988 ) and the elements which played cardinal function in finding and prolonging this war “ the Saudi and Kuwaiti authoritiess were the 1s publishing financess for payments. Iran had become the vicinity bully, and the Al-Sabah household of Kuwait and Al-Saud household of Saudi Arabia were honoring Iraqis for maintaining Iran off their ain dorsums ” .
Mayada married to a adult male of her ain pick but subsequently on divorced and started populating with her two kids. She managed to get down her ain printing concern but all of a sudden life took a bend and she was arrested and detained by secret constabulary in “ Baldiyat ” a headquarter of Iraqi secret constabulary in Baghdad. She was thrown into a cell-52 where 17 other “ faceless ” and “ unidentified ” adult females were already at that place.All these captives of cell-52 are referred as “ shadow adult females ” by sasson and each one of them represents a narrative of wretchedness and the barbarous experience of anguish. Here Samara becomes a beginning of strength for Mayada who encourages her to stay positive, as each of shadow adult females has to confront and bear barbarous anguish non for themselves but for the interest of their kids. In cell-52 Mayada inspires every one by sharing her aureate memories and the manner her household was good connected with elite of Baghdad before and after Baathist revolution and her personal experience with saddam Hussein and his associates.
At certain points reader gets a feeling that if writer is seeking to warrant Gulf war peculiarly from American position, particularly when she writes “ but this 2nd war came and went so quickly, with the majority of the allied bombs exactly hitting their military marks and seldom rolling into residential countries, that she felt it a mere brush in comparing to the Persian war ” . This raises some uncertainties about the neutrality of writer.
More over the manner Jean Sasson repeatedly and nakedly describes the anguish episodes under Hussein Hussein ‘s government it brings the reader in a horrifying state of affairs and one does non experience comfy while reading. “ They bound my custodies and pess to the chair I was sitting in.Then, conceive of my horror when they hooked a battery courser up to my ears. Before I could protest, the polite adult male turned the electricity on full force and stood there express joying at my hurting and panic ” On perennial occasions there is undue commixture of anguish events with some events of history or some really soft minutes of Mayada ‘s life.This redacting design makes reading of this book a small spot disputing undertaking. The better division of the chapters and contents of the book could do things more apprehensible and simple for the reader.
In the terminal of the book appendices have been added, in which a address of Winston Churchill as a member of British parliament in 1921 about Iraq and of import developments in Iraq from the beginning of the regulation of King Faisal have been given. Glossary is besides portion of the book which helps the reader to understand certain unfamiliar footings and looks.
Jean sasson has done a good occupation by conveying out the inside informations of Iraq peculiarly bossy regulation of Hussein Hussein in a rather different manner. Her personal experience of extended life and going Middle East combined with the firsthand cognition of Mayada-Al-Askari makes this book more meaningful and reliable. For all those holding involvement in survey of Middle East and peculiarly pupils of history and political relations, who want to cognize about history, civilization, and political journey of modern Iraq, and above all about Saddam Hussein, and his associates this book is a valuable add-on.