A lady disappears with out a hint. The police commissioner investigating the case enquires: used to be she of doubtful morals, used to be she the rebellious kind? not anyone is aware how a girl may well easily stroll clear of all of it, leaving husband and residential in the back of. finally, within the 'kingdom of oil' the place 'His Majesty' reigns ideally suited, no girl has ever dared disobey the command of men.

When she eventually reappears there's a blurring of the differences among the boys in her lifestyles. She leaves one to turn into the spouse of one other, and while she finally returns to her first husband, she unearths he has taken a brand new spouse. in lots of methods, to her all males are one and an identical . . .

In this wealthy novel El-Saadawi dares anew to confront significant concerns and questions surrounding a woman's position and place in a repressive, patriarchal order.

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