This is an amazing story of a woman who is strong deep inside, but who has been taught to act weak. Sadly it’s a story of many women all over the world. So many children are growing up in abusive families, just to pass on into abusive relationships.
‘Caring for Eleanor’ is an important book that should be in everyone’s collection. It reminds the reader that, while being patient, tolerant and kind toward the world, a person should not forget to exercise those qualities toward him/herself.
Pushed toward the brink, Salma was strong enough to pick herself up and face the upcoming struggle for freedom. Taught to think of herself as unwise and unworthy from the early childhood, she finally raises her head and faces the real Salma.
Her story unfolds with such serenity, such humanity, such understanding of people and their strengths and shortcomings. This novel is difficult to put down and it touches you to the marrow. Toward the middle of the novel I felt as if I'd known Salma for years, frustrated by my own inability to catch a good talk with her, to shake her off the blindness at her situation.
A wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone, regardless of age or gender!!!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)