Wanting Mor

Wanting Mor

Book - 2009
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Jameela and her family live in a poor, war-torn village in Afghanistan. Even with her cleft lip and lack of educational opportunities, Jameela feels relatively secure, sustained by her Muslim faith and the love of her mother, Mor. But when Mor dies, Jameela's father impulsively decides to start a new life in Kabul. Jameela is appalled as he succumbs to alcohol and drugs, then suddenly remarries, a situation that soon has her a virtual slave to a demanding stepmother. After she's discovered trying to learn to read, Jameela is abandoned in a busy market, eventually landing in an orphanage run by the same army that killed so many members of her family. Throughout it all, the memory of her mother sustains her, giving Jameela the strength to face her father and stepmother when fate brings them together again. Inspired by a true story, and set in a world far removed from that of Western readers, this powerful novel reveals that the desire for identity and self-understanding is universal.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780888998583
Branch Call Number: J KHA


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JCLChrisK Sep 17, 2013

Opening paragraph: "I thought she was sleeping. It was a relief to wake up to silence after all that coughing during the past few days." --- From the glossary: "Mor - Pushto word for mother." --- Jameela doesn't realize it until later--and only gradually--but the death of her mother is the final straw that leaves her father a broken man. The rest of their family has already been killed by war, so all the two of them have left is each other. He responds by selling their house and all of their possessions and leaving their small Afghanistan village for the big city of Kabul. There he looks for easy opportunities, but his vices keep ruining them until finally they don't even have each other and Jameela ends up completely on her own in an orphanage. --- There is much more to the story than that, of course, but saying more would risk ruining the impact of the telling. It's a moving story that could very easily have drifted into melodramatic and manipulative territories yet doesn't. Khan lets the characters' actions speak for her and doesn't tell readers what to think or feel. The characters--for a book this accessible to young readers--are complex and never simple caricatures. Jameela is a strong and admirable young woman, yet believable and real. The story is infused with the culture of its setting naturally and organically. The entire enterprise is accomplished excellently.

Dec 08, 2012

This is a great book! It is sad in a way, yet it is happy in parts. I like the way it does not have any bad parts, yet is very realistic.

k_maclean Oct 21, 2011

Heartbreaking but fantastic! Hopefully this book will inspire a dialogue between child and adult and a little more understanding about what is going in Afghanistan.

Scout_WPL Oct 20, 2010

Will be starting a reading list for Islamic Culture. After reading The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson I am beginning to understand the range of experiences and cultures that fall under the Islamic label. This book is a good read for grade 8+. Although fiction it does present cultural practices in a straightforward story.

samdog123 Feb 22, 2010

When Jameela's mother dies, she and her Father move from their small village to Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. It's a very moving tale of what becomes of this young girl.

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Dec 08, 2012

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jessy24 Aug 15, 2012

thats right. he cant do anything to me. not with all those people in the other room. but still i should get out of his reach.


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