They say there was or there wasn’t in olden times a story as old as life, as young as this moment, a story that is yours and is mine. Once in a Promised. Once in a Promised Land has ratings and 37 reviews. Ben said: This book was intriguing at first. Halaby creates two rich characters, Jassim and Salwa. Laila Halaby’s intelligent, exquisitely written second novel explores the conflicts of an Arabic Jordanian couple living in America directly after the terrible events.
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They chanced to meet after the lecture and soon after, properly, got married and moved to America. Why can’t Salwa see the negative side of him that is so obvious to other people Petra and Randa for example?
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Nov 20, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Review Sometimes you run out of adjectives. The ending fails to deliver any resolution – no happy ending or confessions that you lila. Unknown to Jassim, his friend at the swim club, alerted the FBI to Jassim and said that he might be a terror suspect especially since his work involved the city’s water supply.
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Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby
The story is very compelling, and the twists make you pay attention and anxiously await the way the characters will pull through. Once in a Promised Land is the story of Jassim and Salwa, who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona, each chasing mirages of opportunity and freedom.
In a way, theirs is an American story of a strained, two-career marriage where both partners look elsewhere for comfort and understanding. As their American dream life is pulled out from under them, Salwa decides their adopted country is too crass and corrupt to live there anymore.
And yet that is only one layer of a book which, although in my opinion not as cohesively and persuasively written as I would have hoped, presents two people in a marriage which has reached a point of struggles, with each person going through a big trauma which is temporarily hidden from the other, and each becomes embroiled in other relationships too.
Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. And in true judging a book by its cover fashion, I was transfixed by the jacket design the oaila version, alas, not the one pictured above. Halaby is a passionate, accomplished writer, expressing her observations in language that is lovely and sensual. Glimpses of the Moon.
Not the best writing – up from a Harlequinn – but no magic. But Salwa and Jassim are not innocent in the destruction of their good life. It is a realistic read, with moving moments in a scary reality that a lot of Jordanians seem to face in this day and age.
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Salwa, meanwhile, suffers a miscarriage after intentionally “accidentally” getting pregnant and conducts a brief, confused affair with a much younger coworker. Laila Halaby’s Once in a Promised Land. The appetiser was fine but the main course was under cooked.
But their place in the world is tenuous, and their lives begin to unravel from pressures outside and inside themselves. Salwa got attention from onve young man at the bank.
However acclimated they are to American life, Jassim and Salwa are foreigners in a land now hostile to people who look like they do. Thanks for telling us about the problem. How do you interpret oce folk tale? She grapples to put down roots in an unwelcoming climate, becoming pregnant against her husband’s wishes.
I enjoyed it, and look forward to see what she publishes next. Jassim sought attention from women he met. When Jassim kills a teenage boy in a terrible accident and Salwa becomes hopelessly entangled with a shadowy young American, their tenuous lives in exile and their fragile marriage begin to unravel.
This book was intriguing at first. Jassim, trying to cope with the guilt and shame over taking promisec life, is at the same time dealing with sudden hostility and suspicions from his co-workers and the scrutiny of the FBI as well.
Sometimes you run out of adjectives. Although I think the couple comes together at the end, as my interpretation of the final tale, there were other ideas. Rather melodramatic, and not quite as profound as I had anticipated, but worth the read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Can you point to other things rituals, flavors, etc.