Leilas Secret

Leilas Secret In Fundamentalist Iran, New Life Sometimes Means Certain Death When Leila Comes To See Doctor Karimi, Both Are In Danger Born In A Slum To A Muslim Father And A Jewish Mother, Kooshyar Karimi Has Transformed Himself Into A Successful Doctor, An Award Winning Writer, And An Adoring Father His Could Be A Comfortable Life But His Conscience Won T Permit It He Is Incapable Of Turning Away The Unmarried Women Who Beg Him To Save Their Lives By Ending The Pregnancies That, If Discovered, Would See Them Stoned To Death One Of Those Women Is Year Old Leila Beautiful, Intelligent, Passionate, She Yearns To Go To University But Her Strictly Traditional Family Forbids It Returning Home From The Library One Day Among The Few Trips She S Allowed Out Of The House She Meets A Handsome Shopkeeper, And Her Fate Is Sealed Kooshyar Has Rescued Countless Women, But Leila Seeks His Help For A Different Reason, One That Will Haunt Him For Years Afterwards And Inspire An Impossible Quest From Faraway Australia Spellbinding And Heartbreaking Leila S Secret Shows Us Everyday Life For Women In A Country Where It Can Be A Crime To Fall In Love But For All Its Tragedy, This Unforgettable Book Is Paradoxically Uplifting, Told From The Heart Of Kooshyar S Immense Sympathy, In The Hope That Each Of Us And The Stories We Tell Can Make A Difference

Kooshyar Karimi was born in 1968 in the slums of Tehran, Iran, to a family living in abject poverty His mother, Homa, was an orphaned Jew who married out of desperation to Khalil, his Moslim father, a bus driver with three wives and six other children to feed At the age of six, Kooshyar was compelled to work in order to contribute to the paltry income of his family He was only eleven years old

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  • Paperback
  • 282 pages
  • Leilas Secret
  • Kooshyar Karimi
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 9780670078165

10 thoughts on “Leilas Secret

  1. says:

    When I first started reading this book I thought it was a work of fiction albeit based on factual details about Iranian society It wasn t until I researched the author a little further that I realised it was in fact a memoir based on Kooshyar Karimi s real experiences as a doctor in fundamentalist Iran in the 1980s and 1990s The main reason I thought it was fiction was because it is told in two voices, that of Dr Karimi and a young woman named Leila Dr Karimi has written both parts but gives an authentic voice to Leila given that he knew her story so intimately.Most of us have knowledge of fundamentalist Iran and the severe restrictions it places on women Still it is difficult to fathom just what a different life I would lead had I been born there Simple everyday things such as the right to a full, unbiased education, the freedom to move away from my family home and experience any lifestyle I desired and ultimately being able to choose my own life partner or not should I not find one I loved enough to marry Most frighteningly though should I have ever found myself pregnant outside marriage I would have faced the possibility of being stoned to death for the sin of bringing shame to my family.Kooshyar himself suffered many injustices in his life as the son of a Jewish single mother in a Muslim country and had to jump many hurdles to ultimately complete a medical degree He did not set out to become an illegal abortionist, but the job somehow found him through first one acquaintance, then another and another as his name was passed around to others desperate enough to seek his services In each case Kooshyar is told it is a matter of life and death Should the young unmarried woman in question not undergo an abortion she will have no other choice than to kill herself Each abortion is fraught with risk and not only because the procedure itself is illegal Kooshyar can only undertake the operation in private homes, far from medical equipment should it be required Many times he is unsure whether or not his patient will survive.Leila is a young woman severely frustrated with her life Forbidden from studying to become a teacher like she dreams of, she snatches small pockets of freedom by visiting the library It is during one of those brief unsupervised excursions that she meets a handsome shopkeeper who ignites a passion in Leila that she never knew existed This liaison sets Leila on a treacherous path that ultimately sees her meeting Kooshyar, but for a different reason that touches the young doctor deeply and ultimately changes his life Leila s Secret is an amazing story, as equally compelling as it is unfathomable that this could happen in the late twentieth century Kooshyar Karimi is a natural storyteller with a very easy to read style, despite the difficult subject matter I immediately found myself fully invested in both stories, knowing that they must intersect at some point but surprised in the way they ultimately did The book shines a light on a way in which women and their bodies have and continue to be abused and controlled, yet also demonstrates that good people exist everywhere and will put themselves at risk to help others.

  2. says:

    Beautifully written, despite my initial misgivings about the book s cover yet another dramatically veiled woman, because hey, that sells well in the West Dr Karimi and Leila s story is one that needs to be heard ContextNote, however, that their story needs to be heard in context We re talking predominantly about impoverished areas in the 1990s where people s survival revolved around violence, inflicted either by the authoritarian government or by those in their own communities a grim situation that is unfortunately found throughout the world My fear, though, is that some people will read this book and blanket blame the Iranian people, or Shia Islam in particular, or Islam in general Such generalizations are superficial and counterproductive, and I believe they go against the author s intentions.Forgiveness and ToleranceI liked what Dr Karimi wrote in his Author s Note at the beginning of the book I have written this book in the hope that one day we will start tolerating and stop tormenting in the belief that if we learn to forgive, freedom will come After all he s been through, he still chooses to believe in sentiments like that, and I admire him for it He knows that effective reform isn t achieved through hatred Health of the ImaginationOne aspect of this book that surprised me was its insight into the imagination For some people, like Azita, the rigidness of their lives blunted their creativity to the point where they could not change, because if you want to do something that takes you away from the customary role our culture dictates, you have to first be able to imagine it And Azita and people like her cannot Meanwhile, other people, like Hamid, were driven mad by their imaginations, which had been repressed until they reached the breaking point It really makes you wonder about the state of your own mind and what your own cultural blindspots are.In Search of Women s VoicesI also wondered how different the book would be if Leila could tell her story in her own words What would she choose to emphasize How would our understanding of the characters change I ask because once again, we re not hearing from women directly Doing that isn t possible in this case, I guess, but it s worth remembering that in a book filled with women, not one speaks directly for herself they all speak through the filter of Dr Karimi s memories.Overall, this book is a heartfelt contribution to the greater human rights narrative, and it s well worth the read.

  3. says:

    This book gets better and intense as you read on It really opened my mind to other cultures in this world Was a great read and I finished the last half of the book in a day because I couldn t put it down.

  4. says:

    An absolutely amazing story that had me in tears An excellent non fiction read that has really made me appreciate living in Australia.

  5. says:

    Mi piaciuto un sacco, una storia vera anche se l argomento piuttosto inflazionato raccontata con tatto e precisione, con sentimento e coraggio Nessuna retorica e pochi giudizi morali, come d altronde mi aspetto che sia.

  6. says:

    This book was a page turner and very hard to put down The reader is drawn into the lives of the doctor and the young woman Leila We are made aware of the complex and unfair system that chain women to a life that most do not want, with no voice to say no, I want , I want to be heard, I want to be of value Then when the last page is reached, the reader is left wanting A great book.

  7. says:

    Lies, lies and LIES I ve got to say I as a muslim was offended by this book I was very interested in this book just to see how this poor girl suffered and all the other girls as well but I noticed that the writer s message was much bigger than that All he wanted to do was to show that islam is a barbaric religion So much exaggeration was in this book that at times I felt like laughing because I ve been to Iran and I have family there and never ever did I see or hear anything like what he wrote in his book If you re a jew good for you but don t try to insult other religions indirectly.

  8. says:

    Leila s Secret is an alarming and enlightening read It is a difficult story to face at times, as the reader confronts the perilous existence of an Iranian doctor who secretly performs illegal abortions and one of his patients, a young woman who falls for a man on her brief excursions outside a closeted existence at home Both face death if caught.Karimi s use of first person narrative is a bit disconcerting, and the final pages, in which he brushes over his capture and eventual escape from Iran leaves the impression that therein lies another book.

  9. says:

    When I selected this book, I thought it was a work of fiction This book tells of the life of the author who was a doctor whilst living in Iran It is written like a work of fiction with alternating chapters of the Doctor and Leila It was terrifying and heartbreaking.

  10. says:

    Islamski fundamentalizm, trudna sytuacja kobiet w Iranie Wiele ju na ten temat s ysza am i czyta am, ale mimo to przedstawione w ksi ce historie g boko mnie poruszy y, a nawet przerazi y Opis ukamieniowania, ca kowita zale no kobiety od m czyzny nie tylko ony od m a, ale tak e siostry od brata , brak jakiejkolwiek swobody w kszta towaniu swojego ycia I to wszystko w drugiej po owie lat 90 tych XX wieku, bo w a nie wtedy toczy si akcja ksi ki W ostatnim czasie Iran nieco otworzy si na wiat, w du ych miastach wida wyzwolone dziewczyny w kolorowych szalach na g owie, kt re tylko w 1 3 zakrywaj w osy Ale na prowincji nadal ka da kobieta ubrana jest w czarny czador, a za szczelnie zamkni tymi drzwiami ira skich dom w dziej si historie takie jak te, przedstawione przez doktora Karima.

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