Title: Amulet and Feathers
Author: Leila Aboulela
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Family, Middle East
Dates read: 26th April 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
5th sentence, 74th page: He asked me to set a sum for my bride-price.
She’s on a journey to avenge her father’s death. But sometimes the ways in which you get revenge aren’t quite what they seem…
I’m really not sure why this is in a collection of stories based on Wuthering Heights. It’s a great short story, don’t get me wrong, but I’m struggling to make that connection to the gothic classic that I’ve been able to make with most of the other stories in this series. Amulet and Feathers had a great sense of dignity and an incredibly fun storyline to it.
I like the idea of a young woman setting out to avenge her father’s death. The ghostly visitations in her dreams and her determination to right a wrong are admirable. But, it’s the message about revenge and vengeance that is delivered at the end that is what I love the most. It’s both sweet and poignant, sad and happy. A great short story that made me have faith in the I Am Heathcliff collection again.
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