I had to read this book for my anthropology class, it's an interesting look at the women of a small Shiite village. It does move a little slow but I found it interesting to learn more about the Iraqi culture given the war right now.
I really enjoyed this book. It gives an inside look into the life of women living behind the veils in Iraq prior to the Saddum era. It was pretty hard to put down. This was written in the late sixties, but I suspect many of the conditions these women faced are still present in the Middle East today.
Even though this book was written in the 1960's, it is a wonderful book and ironically is still very true of todays world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed reading Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Bookseller of Kabul, as it is just as good as any of these books on Afghanistan life.