Miriam Cooke (review date spring 1986)
SOURCE: Cooke, Miriam. Review of Two Women in One, by Nawal El Saadawi. World Literature Today 60, no. 2 (spring 1986): 356-57.
[In the following review, Cooke examines the oppression faced by Bahiah, the protagonist of Two Women in One.]
The theme of Nawal el-Saadawi's at once powerful and programmatically feminist novel/text [Two Women in One] is contained in its dedication to young people, and particularly to young women. They must resist like roses, whose tender petals become “sharp protruding thorns [so that] they can survive among hungry bees.”
The reader meets Bahiah Shaheen as she is beginning to realize that her body, and...
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