"Year of the Elephant"
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The paper analyzes the novella, "Year of the Elephant", written by the Moroccan feminist author Leila Abouzied, which takes place within the town of Meknes, Morocco in the later 1950's, following the successful Moroccan War of Independence against French colonialist power. The paper discusses how, as the story opens, Moroccan sovereignty and a strong national sense of independence, pride, and ethnic and religious identity have finally been restored. The paper further analyzes how the character of Zahra, who, alongside her freedom fighter husband of twenty years helped to bring all of this about, is sadder, more displaced, more disoriented, and less confident than she has ever been. The writer concludes that the major strength of Leila Abouzied's novella lies within the author's depiction of Zahra herself, and her painful, but ultimately triumphant, struggle for a new authenticity, self-confidence, and worth.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Abouzied, Leila. The Year of the Elephant. Austin, TX: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989.
Cite this Book Review:
"Year of the Elephant" (2007, March 18) Retrieved October 31, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/book-review/year-of-the-elephant-93434/
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