The Moonlit Cage

The Moonlit Cage[Read] ➵ The Moonlit Cage Author Linda Holeman – Heartforum.co.uk Dary s simple life in mid nineteenth century Afghanistan is torn apart when a hateful curse by a jealous tribeswoman leaves her an outcast in her small Muslim village She looks to her arranged marriag Dary s simple life in mid nineteenth century Afghanistan is torn apart when a hateful curse by The Moonlit PDF/EPUB ² a jealous tribeswoman leaves her an outcast in her small Muslim village She looks to her arranged marriage to the son of a nomadic tribal chief with hope that it will deliver her from this oppression instead, Dary finds herself regularly beaten by her wrathful husband, and isolated than she can bear Seeing no choice other than to flee from her torment, Dary barely escapes through the foothills of the Hindu KushDestitute and alone, Dary meets David Ingram, an enigmatic Englishman traveling in Afghanistan Although he is a complete stranger, she joins him on his journey to Bombay and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime Ranging from the arid Afghan plains to the lush tropical villas of India, across mighty seas to Victorian London s fetid streets, The Moonlit Cage is an intense and sensuous story of love, loss, and redemption.

Linda Holeman is the author of fourteen books of fiction Her work includes two adult collections of The Moonlit PDF/EPUB ² literary short stories, Flying to Yellow and Devil s Darning Needle, as well as the historic novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country, The Saffron Gate, The Lost Souls of Angelkov, and The Devil on Her Tongue Her young adult body of work consists of a collection of short stories, Saying Good Bye, which was re released as Toxic Love, and four novels Promise Song, Mercy s Birds, Raspberry House Blues, and Search of the Moon King s Daughter She has also written a first chapter book, Frankie on the Run, illustrated by Heather Collins To date, Linda s work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Hungarian, soon to be published in Croatian, Italian, Czech and SlovakianAs well as being published in many journals and periodicals, her work has been widely anthologized in Canada most noticeably in The Journey Prize Anthology and abroad Linda has also acted as guest editor for a young adult issue of Prairie Fire Magazine, for which was she awarded the Vicky Metcalf Short Story Editor Award She has been the recipient of many honours and awards for her young adult workLinda has been a member of the Manitoba Artists in the Schools Program and CANSCAIP, toured with the Canadian Children s Book Centre, acted as a mentor in the Manitoba Writers Guild Mentor Program, taught creative writing through the University of Winnipeg s Continuing Education, served on many juries, including the Governor General s Award for Children s Literature, and created and facilitated numerous writing workshops on many aspects of the writing process to both students and adults nationally and internationally She held a nine month term as Writer in Residence at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg, and served on the editorial advisory board for Turnstone Press and on the board of the Manitoba Writers Guild She is a member of The Writers Union of CanadaLinda holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Winnipeg, a BEd in Early Childhood Education and MEd in Educational Psychology from the University of ManitobaShe currently lives in Toronto, OntarioSource.

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  • Paperback
  • 487 pages
  • The Moonlit Cage
  • Linda Holeman
  • English
  • 05 February 2019
  • 0307346498

10 thoughts on “The Moonlit Cage

  1. Helen says:

    This is the first book I ve read by Linda Holeman and it was good enough to make me want to readof her work I love books that help me to learn about other times and other places in The Moonlit Cage, Holeman introduces us to life in 19th century Afghanistan Not being an expert in Afghan history or culture, I have no idea how accurate her descriptions are, but the book seems very well researched to me A glossary of unfamiliar Dari and Pashto words is included at the back of the book, but This is the first book I ve read by Linda Holeman and it was good enough to make me want to readof her work I love books that help me to learn about other times and other places in The Moonlit Cage, Holeman introduces us to life in 19th century Afghanistan Not being an expert in Afghan history or culture, I have no idea how accurate her descriptions are, but the book seems very well researched to me A glossary of unfamiliar Dari and Pashto words is included at the back of the book, but I didn t feel the need to refer to this very often as most of the words were explained as we encountered them in the text.The story is narrated by Darya, a young Afghan girl All her life Darya has refused to conform to others expectations and secretly dreams of one day finding freedom When her father s second wife, Sulima, puts a curse on her, Darya is forced to leave her village and is sold into marriage with the son of a nomadic chief However, when her husband learns about the curse and threatens to kill her, she runs away again As she escapes through the Hindu Kush mountains, she meets David Ingram and begins a journey which takes her first to India and then to London.I really enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down The first two thirds, which took place in Afghanistan and India, were fascinating, though I didn t like the way the storyline developed after Darya s arrival in England The only other problem I had with the book was that while Darya was an interesting, likeable character, I found David Ingram, as the hero of the story, quite boring and two dimensional.Throughout the entire story, Darya constantly questions why she has to behave in a certain way just because she s a woman and challenges the belief that daughters are worthless and only sons are of value I admired the way Darya s strength and courage helped her to survive all kinds of pain and abuse.I would recommend The Moonlit Cage to anyone who enjoys long historical fiction novelsbut you can prepare to be saddened and shocked by Darya s story

  2. Belinda says:

    Why don tpeople know about Linda Holeman This is a terrific follow up to her earlier book, The Linnet Bird It picks up about 15 years later, following the story of an Afghan girl who is cast out of her village as cursed She finds ways to survive, and ends up the traveling companion of David Ingram, whose mother is the main character of The Linnet Bird While I really liked The Linnet Bird , I found the prostitution scenes bordering on vulgar, and at times the heroine was a little o Why don tpeople know about Linda Holeman This is a terrific follow up to her earlier book, The Linnet Bird It picks up about 15 years later, following the story of an Afghan girl who is cast out of her village as cursed She finds ways to survive, and ends up the traveling companion of David Ingram, whose mother is the main character of The Linnet Bird While I really liked The Linnet Bird , I found the prostitution scenes bordering on vulgar, and at times the heroine was a little on the overly melodramatic side Moonlit Cage shows amature approach to character development, and apatient, controlled use of the storyline However, the final five pages seemed ridiculously rushed.Regardless, I still recommend both books, and I think The Moonlit Cage would be a great book for discussion, particularly if you ve enjoyed works like Khaled Hosseini s Thousand Splendid Suns or Anita Diamant s Red Tent

  3. Cathy Graham says:

    This was my favourite of all the Linda Holeman books I have read so far.I found it fascinating to learn about the history of Afghanistan, a country I don t know much about.I enjoyed the exciting story of Darya, a Muslim Tajik woman struggling to endure her arranged marriage but wantingof life She is intelligent and outspoken in a time when women have hardly any rights Her strength and outspokenness gets her into trouble again and again but is also key to her surviving her circumstances.W This was my favourite of all the Linda Holeman books I have read so far.I found it fascinating to learn about the history of Afghanistan, a country I don t know much about.I enjoyed the exciting story of Darya, a Muslim Tajik woman struggling to endure her arranged marriage but wantingof life She is intelligent and outspoken in a time when women have hardly any rights Her strength and outspokenness gets her into trouble again and again but is also key to her surviving her circumstances.When she meets the strange Englishman David Ingram, she begins an exciting journey to India and then to Victorian England.This was the kind of book I didn t want to end and I felt sad when I had to say goodbye to the characters

  4. Evelyn says:

    I was fascinated by the setting, time frame and main character in this story Specifically how Darya thought, her beliefs, and her internal struggle with those beliefs as she made life altering decisions in a quest for safety and freedom It is a long book, but I zoomed through it, could not stop turning the pages.

  5. Farhana Faruq says:

    It started out so well However I thought the ending was rather disappointing, almost like a whole different author decided to conclude the wonderful story Overall, a great novel worth the time.

  6. Nicole Desaulnier says:

    Incredibly disappointing ending made me want to throw the book across the room.Not particularly well written.

  7. Sgrandine says:

    This was a page turning fantastic read I would recommend it strongly if you like a heartwarming tale of one woman s strength and courage living in a very difficult time and country.

  8. Richard Moss says:

    I should preface this review by saying this was the choice of the book club I belong to so read out of compulsion rather than desire.And I know you should never judge etc etc, but the cover was pretty appalling.Nevertheless when I began reading The Moonlit Cage, it showed at least some promise.It was well researched although it wears that heavily at times and not badly written.It did explore some cultures a Tajik community in an Afghan village, and a nomadic tribe that were intriguing I should preface this review by saying this was the choice of the book club I belong to so read out of compulsion rather than desire.And I know you should never judge etc etc, but the cover was pretty appalling.Nevertheless when I began reading The Moonlit Cage, it showed at least some promise.It was well researched although it wears that heavily at times and not badly written.It did explore some cultures a Tajik community in an Afghan village, and a nomadic tribe that were intriguing.But problems began to emerge as the 520 count them pages passed The characterisation is often poor the main protagonist Darya is almost too saintly, while the villains are painted with little nuance That actually makes the drama less engaging, and in fact perversely it made me care less Everything too black and white.Whole paragraphs appeared there only to show off the research a long description of a kind of a game involving a goat may have been authentic, but it was completely unnecessary.The prose is pretty flat too, with a failure to capture place or atmosphere.And I was intrigued by Linda Holeman s psychology she seems to want to subject Darya to a relentless diet of torture sexual and mental at the hands of a series of men It all becomes a little relentless.But the unforgiveable sins are in the final section when Darya falls in love and makes it to England The teenage swooning over her love interest undercuts the character s independence and strength.I wouldn t mind if the object of her love was particularly worthy but if you do read it ask yourself why he doesn t come to her aid much sooner, and reflect on the appalling moment where instead of helping her, he describes her as a whore.And any hope that a female character would use her own agency, intelligence and determination to free herself is cast aside, as she becomes just another woman in fiction who needs to be rescued by a man.In fact the final 100 pages made me so angry, I considered only awarding The Moonlit Cage one star, but to be fair it is only when it gets to England that it really loses the plot.I have seen plenty of decent reviews for this and other books by Linda Holeman on Goodreads, so perhaps it s just me, but in the end The Moonlit Cage flares briefly, before becoming hugely disappointing

  9. Dana says:

    This story is set in the mid 1800s in Afghanistan, India and England Darya is born a Muslim Tajik in Afghanistan She is taught to be obedient and know her place in life women are seen as littlethan slaves She does try but is curious and intelligent and consequently is continually physically abused by her father Her father s second wife curses her and her life might as well be over as the village shuns her and she has no prospects whatsoever.Her father sells her into marriage with a n This story is set in the mid 1800s in Afghanistan, India and England Darya is born a Muslim Tajik in Afghanistan She is taught to be obedient and know her place in life women are seen as littlethan slaves She does try but is curious and intelligent and consequently is continually physically abused by her father Her father s second wife curses her and her life might as well be over as the village shuns her and she has no prospects whatsoever.Her father sells her into marriage with a nomad When Darya fails to provide him with an heir, he also starts to abuse her and finally forces her to run away in fear of her life.This starts a very perilous journey from Afghanistan to Bombay and then further to England andabuse.This was such a sad story The difference and segregation between the natives and the English colonists is frankly disgusting but common for that period The naivety of the hero and his supposed good deeds is just so sad The fact that there are people so willing to take advantage of unfortunates is also sad and has not changed throughout the centuries.I found this book a little slow to begin with but once the reader gets into the book it is very hard to put down I wanted to applaud Darya for her courage and strength and had to read to the very end hoping she would finally achieve a better life

  10. Tara Chevrestt says:

    Wonderful story I could not put it down Darya is an Afghani girl and the book follows her life from childhood with an abusive father to a marriage with an abusive man and then her slavery to an abusive Englishman Note I have used the word abusive 3 times I gave this engrossing book only 4 stars instead of 5 because there is not a moment of happiness or pleasure in this young girls life until page 475 How many beatings and degradations can a woman really handle Truly, a heart wrenching tale Wonderful story I could not put it down Darya is an Afghani girl and the book follows her life from childhood with an abusive father to a marriage with an abusive man and then her slavery to an abusive Englishman Note I have used the word abusive 3 times I gave this engrossing book only 4 stars instead of 5 because there is not a moment of happiness or pleasure in this young girls life until page 475 How many beatings and degradations can a woman really handle Truly, a heart wrenching tale I was on the edge of my seat wondering who was going to beat her next and what country she was going to flee to this time Very admirable how the character still rises above it all and spreads her wings so to speak tho I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story about a blunt, head strong, strong minded woman, but caution to those who cannot handle abuse There are moments you want to throw the book into the television in anger

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