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Figs and Fate: Stories about Growing Up in the Arab World Today

Figs and Fate Stories about Growing Up in the Arab World Today The five stories in this collection are told from the perspective of Arab teens living in Syria Lebanon a Palestinian refugee camp Egypt and Iraq Each main character embarks on a mission to confro

  • Title: Figs and Fate: Stories about Growing Up in the Arab World Today
  • Author: Elsa Marston
  • ISBN: 9780807615546
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • The five stories in this collection are told from the perspective of Arab teens living in Syria, Lebanon, a Palestinian refugee camp, Egypt, and Iraq Each main character embarks on a mission to confront his or her social situation, whether regarding friends, family, teachers, or society at large In Santa Claus in Baghdad, Amal struggles with several coming of age experieThe five stories in this collection are told from the perspective of Arab teens living in Syria, Lebanon, a Palestinian refugee camp, Egypt, and Iraq Each main character embarks on a mission to confront his or her social situation, whether regarding friends, family, teachers, or society at large In Santa Claus in Baghdad, Amal struggles with several coming of age experiences that teach her the importance of sacrifice and give her the strength to overcome personal insecurities In another story, The Plan, Marwan discovers that love is still possible even amid the squalor of life in a refugee camp and the remains of destroyed lives Marston beautifully details the rich Middle Eastern culture of these five individuals and their families, dispelling negative stereotypes associated with young adults living in these societies and providing for a better understanding of their culture Their ideals, goals, and dreams are no different from those of teens living elsewhere in the world By exploring the challenges they face, Figs and Fate will awaken you to the rhythms of young people s lives in the Middle East a beat that may sound surprisingly familiar to you.

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    1. Marston's collection of short stories all contain young protagonists (age 10-13) and give a glimpse of life in a variety of Middle Eastern countries. Within these five stories, the reader gains insights into the daily lives of children in another part of the world. Dealing with issues such as social class, as seen through the eyes of a wealthy government official's daughter named Rania. Marston's first story touches on issues of class through the eyes of innocence, as Rania doesn't see any reaso [...]


    2. Figs and Fate: Stories about Growing Up in the Arab World by Elsa Marston is a collection of short stories written from the perspective of a teen living in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestinian Refugee Camp, and Iraq. There is a story of a rich Egyptian girl from an upper class family, who want to be friends with a local farm girl. Her family disapproves of the friendship and sends her away to a fancy school in Cairo. Another story is of a boy in Syria who has divorced parents. His father tells him [...]


    3. According to Editor-in-Chief Lyn Miller-Lachmann, the five stories in Figs and Fate offer a window into often misunderstood and stereotyped Middle Eastern cultures. These five stories contain amazing characters that encounter dilemmas, giving the reader a glimpse of what young Arab teens experience. As a reader, I was given the opportunity to visualize the surroundings of these characters and feel a small percent of what these characters feel more often than not. I’m glad that I had the opport [...]


    4. This is a collection of short stories that were assembled to give the world a glimpse in to everyday life in the Middle East. Each story is different, although all 5 mention eating figs and the course of the main character’s fate. The interesting thing about the stories is the range of characters from wealthy to poor, male to female and so on.Unfortunately, I thought that each story was missing a little something. It seemed that once I got into a story it was time to start a new one.This book [...]



    5. For a westerner who wants an idea of what it is like to grow up in the Middle East, Figs and Fate is a decent place to start. Like Marston, I am a westerner who has family in the Middle East and has spent time there. The issues which she chooses to highlight in the stories - class issues, gender issues, family relationships - all mesh with my experience there, and in that way they felt authentic. All of the things which happened in the stories I could imagine happening to a cousin or a young per [...]


    6. These were five short stories that made up a lovely set of tales about young kids halfway around the world. Each story could just as well have been set in the United States - there were parents who didn't want their daughter associating with lower class friends, a new art teacher who would make the perfect wife for a bachelor older brother, a young man who just wants to do something nice for his mom, a young woman who struggles between her parents' expectations and her own dreams, and the final [...]


    7. 2.5 starsThis was read for books club, and there were some nice discussion points about class and gender. Overall though, it was just okay.


    8. I don’t read many young adult books so I may be out of touch but this book seemed to be way over agenda driven – to present the problems of young people in Arab countries today and show how much they have in common with young people in the U.S. Although some of the stories are okay, I felt like I was reading a book from 9th grade English text and kept expecting a list of those inane questions that come at the end of the stories in those texts. (Whoever had the job of writing those questions [...]


    9. Summary and opinion: This book is a collection of Arabic stories in various places. It was hard to determine if the stories were all recent. Only one story gives a date of 2000. The other stories give a sense of them being older, but I am unfamiliar with the current state of these countries, so they might be a current story.(Granted the title claims they are more current, but the stories seemed more old fashioned.) I have to admit. I really didn't like this book. The stories needed more informat [...]


    10. Figs and Fate is a collection of coming of age short stories by Elsa Marston. The stories are about teen life in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, a refugee camp, and Iraq. The Middle Eastern settings are described with great detail. An author's note helps explain each story. This collection of stories is good for discussing multicultural issues. Classes that did not have time to read the whole book could read just one story.Good for students grade 5-9.Connections:mitaliperkins/pdf/Arab


    11. This was an interesting book about five short stories from Arab children. The stories were interesting and from different parts of the Arab world. One criticism is that the stories leave you hanging, you really want to know more. The stories give the reader a closer look at the Arab world.This book could be used in a unit on different cultures in the world. It could also be used in a unit on short stories.


    12. Five charming and moving short stories of teenagers growing up in the Middle East. Each story shows the challenges of growing up and growing up in the Arab world. The settings range from Baghdad, to Syria, to Egypt, to Lebanon, to a refugee camp in Palestine. A excellent look at a world few in America get a close look at; teens will realize that even in other countries they all face some of the same issues growing up.


    13. The stories were fine and possibly even accurate but I had difficulty believing a middle aged woman from the U.S. could have any clue about what growing up in the middle east - in a refugee camp or even the Egyptian countryside - could be like, even if her husband was from Lebanon.


    14. Great short stories about young teens growing up in the Middle Eastern countries of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, etc Loved the stories and seeing the world through others eyes.




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