No More Mulberries

No More Mulberries

MarySmith / Feb 18, 2020

No More Mulberries No More Mulberries is a story of commitment and divided loyalties of love and loss set against a country struggling through transition British born Miriam s marriage to her Afghan doctor husband is

  • Title: No More Mulberries
  • Author: MarySmith
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  • No More Mulberries is a story of commitment and divided loyalties, of love and loss, set against a country struggling through transition.British born Miriam s marriage to her Afghan doctor husband is heading towards crisis Despite his opposition, she goes to work as a translator at a medical teaching camp in a remote area of rural Afghanistan hoping time apart will help aNo More Mulberries is a story of commitment and divided loyalties, of love and loss, set against a country struggling through transition.British born Miriam s marriage to her Afghan doctor husband is heading towards crisis Despite his opposition, she goes to work as a translator at a medical teaching camp in a remote area of rural Afghanistan hoping time apart will help are see where their problems lie She comes to realise how unresolved issues from when her first husband was killed by a mujahideen group are damaging her relationship with her husband and her son but is it already too late to save her marriage

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    1. Scottish born Margaret, now Miriam, can't milk a goat but she can birth a baby and educate not only patients, but young students too. When her Afghan husband tells her she is no longer to teach as it may damage not only her, but his reputation also, she realizes this is it This is her life now. She is no longer a teacher and she needs to adapt, and learn the village mentality.Married for five years, with a son from her previous marriage and a young daughter together, Miriam feels her and Iqbal a [...]

    2. I am always puzzled when bright, assertive, intelligent independent northern europeans decide to marry a Muslim and go and live in outer woop woop with no running water – let alone hot water – and everything else we take for granted.Scottish Margaret even decides to adopt Islam and becomes Miriam. And when her first Afghan husband is killed, she meets Iqbal in Pakistan and marries him so the two can go back to his home village in Afghanistan and run the local clinic.But the Iqbal she met in [...]

    3. njkinnysblog/2015/08/bNo More Mulberries is a book that intrigued me right from the start. I wanted to see for myself how much of the praise for this story set in Afghanistan written by a non-Afghani writer was true and justified.Well, after reading this book all I can say is that this is one of the best books of this year and even my reading life! All the 5 stars given to this book are truly justified.The cover is muted and simple. Definitely not one of those sparkly covers that instantly catch [...]

    4. 4.5 starsThis was one of those books that stayed with me when I wasn't reading it; the emotions of the main characters, Miriam and Iqbal, were so well painted.Jawad was the love of Miriam's life; they met in her hometown in Scotland and struggled against initial family opposition to marry, after which they had a son and set up home and a medical practice in his native Afghanistan. At the beginning of the novel Jawad is dead, and Miriam's second marriage to Iqbal, a doctor, is causing them both p [...]

    5. ***** SAVING FACEAt first, what struck me most about this highly descriptive, lyrically written, “No More Mulberries,” was the author’s ability to completely transport me back to the faraway country of 1990s Afghanistan, not only geographically, but also culturally, and ideologically. It’s a country where ‘saving face’ is the order of the day, where its population is rapidly falling victim to the Taliban, and where primitive beliefs are so pervasive, that a child with leprosy is almo [...]

    6. *The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*It all begins in Scotland –While in college studying midwifery in her native Scotland, Margaret meets the dashing and mysterious Jawad, an Afghan engineering student. There is an immediate connection between the two and Margaret follows her heart falling head over heels in love with Jawad. They visit Afghanistan together and Margaret fearing she will lose Jawad to his homeland, proposes to him knowin [...]

    7. Miriam is a midwife and left her native Scotland to marry an Afghan after waiting a year to seek approval from his parents. Their love prevailed and they had a son, Farid, together. When Miriam goes back to Scotland to visit her father she receives the devastating news her husband, Jawad, has died. She can't go back as a single woman but Afghanistan is the home of her heart and she wants to help its people. When she meets an Afghan doctor, Iqbal, who needs a wife she finds herself thinking that [...]

    8. No More Mulberries by Mary SmithSet in rural Afghanistan, Miriam is married to an Afghan Doctor. She takes a job as a translator at a medical teaching camp. Her husband is not happy about her decision. British Born Miriam is trying to adapt to her new home, is haunted by her past, and still holding onto fond memories of her late husband. With troubles in her current marriage Miriam is at a cross-roads in her life. She must do some soul searching and make some tough decisions if she wants to save [...]

    9. This novel gave me a lot to think about. It was outside my comfort zone and I wasn't sure if I would like it, however it had me engrossed from page one. It is the story of a mixed marriage, Afghan husband, Scottish wife, and their two children, who live and work as medics in Afghanistan. The mix of cultures fascinated me, as the story drew a picture of a very different lifestyle to that we are accustomed to in the west. It was like taking a step backwards in time to a more simple, basic life wit [...]

    10. This is a love story with so many layers and different types of love. Against the backdrop of a culturally rich Afghanistan, Mary Smith, tells the tale of a western woman, Miriam, married to an Afghan man. She tells it in such a way that the reader is drawn in, making it hard to put the book down. At the same time, Smith digs deep into the human psyche, subtly portraying human nature: "people thought she was aloof, stuck up. . . If only they understood the agonies of the socially inept." Brillia [...]

    11. Miriam is a Scottish midwife who marries an Afghan and moves to live with him in Afghanistan. They are deeply in love and they have a son together, but on a trip back to Scotland to visit her father Miriam is told the devastating news that her husband has been killed.Afghanistan has become Miriam's home and it is the homeland of her son. She accepts an offer of marriage from Iqbal, an Afghani doctor, believing that an arranged marriage can work. Miriam helps Iqbal in his clinic in rural Afghanis [...]

    12. No More Mulberries by Mary Smith is a marathon read offering insight into the every day world of ordinary people, primarily women, living in rural Afghanistan. It would be impossible to read this book and not feel effected by the experience. I enjoyed the non-judgmental enlightenment, and found something worth hating on just about every page. I’ll explain; I have very little tolerance for any form of oppression and none at all for gender based oppression of females. So I found the poverty, ign [...]

    13. A captivating story of Miriam, Scottish by birth but widowed and remarried, working and living in Afghanistan, Miriam helps run a clinic in a village. Her second husband is a doctor but when an opportunity arises for her to go and help a as a translator in a different village, despite his opposition she takes the opportunity to reflect and take advantage of the distance to think about her life and marriage. Steeped in the deep cultural background of Afghanistan and overshadowed by the complex po [...]

    14. What can I say. This is a beautiful book. Wonderfully written and a real pleasure to read. It is a gentle love story, of feelings and emotions, slights and anxieties. The descriptions are so vivid, it transports you so effortlessly to a world that you can never know or seek to understand but that all the same somehow becomes a part of your own environment and shared experiences. I loved this book.

    15. Enjoyable story with more depth than many novels because of the locale and its history. A very human story.

    16. I enjoyed this book with its multi-layer time frames, character development and cloth, and rich setting. I do feel that it ended too abruptly, but that didn't detract from the story much.

    17. I just finished reading the Book by Mary Smith, No more Mulberries. It's about life for women and men in Afghanistan.Though Afghanistan was in the news often several years ago, mostly as the home of terrorists and the Taliban as written about in 2001  socialistalternative/ .But the news or the general information didn't delve into the way of life like this book does.What an interesting read.The story evolves around a Scottish midwife who falls head over heel in love with an Afghan man Jawad du [...]

    18. First let me say that this book should be made into a film as it has all the ingredients of a action packed love story.It is visually stunning and I found myself completely involved in the people and locations such as the village of Sang-i- Sia that Mary Smith uses as the backdrop to the unfolding story. Combined with the increasing conflict between the various factions in the region it has an element of danger that brings even more tension to the central theme.All the characters had wonderful d [...]

    19. Where do I even start with all the things I loved about this book? The story is about Miriam, a Scottish midwife who, first, fell deeply in love with an Afghan and then with his country. It’s a story about love and loss, fear and courage, and the strength of family and the human spirit.In many ways, this story could be told anywhere in the world as individuals, couples, and families aren’t that different from each other no matter where we find them. Miriam’s story and her emotional struggl [...]

    20. No More Mulberries by Mary Smith presents a gentle and positive perspective of life, which women have to bear in extremely conservative parochial Afghan society where women don’t have any rights, are married even before they attain puberty, can’t travel without their husbands and have to follow repressive age-old traditions.Margaret willingly walks into this society for the man she loves despite the initial disapproval of Jawad’s father. She even changes her religion to blend into the Musl [...]

    21. No More Mulberries is a beautifully written book centred around Margaret, a Scottish midwife who marries Afghani Jawad despite initial reservations by his family. Margaret embraces Islam and changes her name to Miriam, moves to rural Afghanistan and becomes a mother to son Farid.Sadly, Jawad is murdered and Miriam is left to bring her son up alone.Miriam's story unfolds with new husband Iqbal, father to her daughter Ruckshana. Miriam and Iqbal work for a health organisation in a rural clinic, wh [...]

    22. When you stop your car at a truckstop so you can read a bit more a book is really interesting!I am NOT going to tell too much of the story as essential in that story is the past getting revealed bit by bit.At the beginning of the novel we meet Scottish Miriam married to a doctor in rural Afghanistan. He is her second husband and things are less happy than they seemed at first. Bit by bit we get to know her history and that of her husband.It is clear the writer knows - later I discovered she inde [...]

    23. This is a novel I was glad to have downloaded onto my Kindle. I read about it on another writer's website, an author interview with Mary Smith, I was intrigued. My 21 year old self did meet an Iqbal when I was working in Harrods toy department at Christmas. He was pushing a vaccuum cleaner, but actually he was a law student staying at a nearby hostel and took me out a few times to meet his friends; I figured out that some of them had English girlfiriends, but one day they would go back to Pakist [...]

    24. No More Mulberries, Mary Smith Genre: women’s fictionReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Sometimes I like to read something very different from my usual. Its good to get out of the comfort zone, and means I come back to genres I usually read with fresh eyes. I do like books which give an insight into foreign cultures so was pleased to be asked to review this one. Scots born Margaret meets Zawad, and they marry and return to his homeland. They’re very happy and have a son together. Then he [...]

    25. No More Mulberries by Mary Smith captured my attention because I love to read stories set in cultures different from my own, but with the commonality of the human condition to draw me into the plot. The author managed to pull me into the story within the first page.Set in rural Afghanistan, Miriam and Iqbal exist in a marriage of convenience for both, although the restrictions for Miriam are anything but convenient. She married Iqbal believing he was a certain way only to find out after moving b [...]

    26. Oh my, what a superb read, at least , for me . This is one of the best books I have read this year as it really touched my heart. It is the story of Miriam, a Scottish midwife who used to be called Margaret but who changed her name upon marrying Jawad, and Afghan doctor and converting to Islam (her choice). It is the love story of these two soul mates, their visions for a country torn apart, their hopes to bring hope and changes to a little village in the Afghan mountains and her devastation whe [...]

    27. No more Mulberries is a novel which completely changed my hazy, ignorant view of Afghanistan. Miriam, its narrator, describes life in the 1990s as a “foreign” wife of an Afghan doctor in the small village of Sang-i-Sia. Her frank account of her commitment to the country and determination to make her marriage work, despite cultural differences and the troubles of civil war, make you feel that you are reading a letter from a close friend.The book gradually reveals that Miriam was originally Ma [...]

    28. A fascinating, fiercely emotional novel written with vivid detail and immense feeling and insight, NO MORE MULBERRIES, by gifted Scottish author Mary Smith, is the story of Miriam, an ex-pat Scot making a new life as a midwife in Afghanistan. Set in the mid-90s, shortly before the Taliban established its brutal regime, the story follows Miriam as she struggles not only with cultural challenges and the loss of personal freedom, but also with the challenges of motherhood, widowhood, and a disappoi [...]

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