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Il libro è il tragico monologo di una donna che aspetta un figlio guardando alla maternità non come a un dovere ma come a una scelta personale e responsabile. Una donna di cui non si conosce né il nome né il volto né l'età né l'indirizzo: l'unico riferimento che ci viene dato per immaginarla è che vive nel nostro tempo, sola, indipendente e lavora. Il monologo comincia nel Il libro è il tragico monologo di una donna che aspetta un figlio guardando alla maternità non come a un dovere ma come a una scelta personale e responsabile. Una donna di cui non si conosce né il nome né il volto né l'età né l'indirizzo: l'unico riferimento che ci viene dato per immaginarla è che vive nel nostro tempo, sola, indipendente e lavora. Il monologo comincia nell'attimo in cui essa avverte d'essere incinta e si pone l'interrogativo angoscioso: basta volere un figlio per costringerlo alla vita? Piacerà nascere a lui? Nel tentativo di avere una risposta la donna spiega al bambino quali sono le realtà da subire entrando in un mondo dove la sopravvivenza è violenza, la libertà un sogno, l'amore una parola dal significato non chiaro.


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Il libro è il tragico monologo di una donna che aspetta un figlio guardando alla maternità non come a un dovere ma come a una scelta personale e responsabile. Una donna di cui non si conosce né il nome né il volto né l'età né l'indirizzo: l'unico riferimento che ci viene dato per immaginarla è che vive nel nostro tempo, sola, indipendente e lavora. Il monologo comincia nel Il libro è il tragico monologo di una donna che aspetta un figlio guardando alla maternità non come a un dovere ma come a una scelta personale e responsabile. Una donna di cui non si conosce né il nome né il volto né l'età né l'indirizzo: l'unico riferimento che ci viene dato per immaginarla è che vive nel nostro tempo, sola, indipendente e lavora. Il monologo comincia nell'attimo in cui essa avverte d'essere incinta e si pone l'interrogativo angoscioso: basta volere un figlio per costringerlo alla vita? Piacerà nascere a lui? Nel tentativo di avere una risposta la donna spiega al bambino quali sono le realtà da subire entrando in un mondo dove la sopravvivenza è violenza, la libertà un sogno, l'amore una parola dal significato non chiaro.

30 review for Lettera a un bambino mai nato

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Lettera a un bambino mai nato = Letter to a Child Never Born, Oriana Fallaci Letter to a Child Never Born (Italian: Lettera a un bambino mai nato, 1975) is a novel by Italian author and journalist Oriana Fallaci. It is written as a letter by a young professional woman (presumably Fallaci herself) to the fetus she carries in utero; it details the woman's struggle to choose between a career she loves and an unexpected pregnancy, explaining how life works with examples of her childhood, and warning Lettera a un bambino mai nato = Letter to a Child Never Born, Oriana Fallaci Letter to a Child Never Born (Italian: Lettera a un bambino mai nato, 1975) is a novel by Italian author and journalist Oriana Fallaci. It is written as a letter by a young professional woman (presumably Fallaci herself) to the fetus she carries in utero; it details the woman's struggle to choose between a career she loves and an unexpected pregnancy, explaining how life works with examples of her childhood, and warning him/her about the unfairness of the world. The English translation was first published in 1976. At the end of both the English and Italian version, the woman has a miscarriage. عنوانها: نامه به کودکی که هرگز زاده نشد (مترجمها: یغما گلرویی؛ داود نوایی؛ مهین ایرانپرست؛ فاطمه امینی؛ محمدزمان غفوریان؛ فاطمه ابراهیمی؛ محمدصادق سبط الشیخ؛ عباس زارعی؛ سینا آزاد؛ غلامرضا امامی تبریزی؛ مونیکا سمیع زاده)، نامه به کودکی که هرگز متولد نشد (مترجم ویدا مشفق)؛ نامه به کودکی هرگز زاده نشد (مترجم لیلا مصدق)؛ برای کودک زاده نشده (مترجم زربانو سپهر)؛ نامه به کودکی که هرگز به دنیا نیامد (مترجم داود نوایی)؛ نویسنده اوریانا فالاچی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز نخست از ماه آوریل سال 1972 میلادی به پایان آمد عنوان: نامه به کودکی که هرگز زاده نشد؛ نویسنده: اوریانا فالاچی؛ مترجم زویا گوهرین؛ انتشارات نگاه؛ سال نشر 1355؛ عنوان: به کودکی که هرگز زاده نشد؛ مترجم مانی ارژنگی؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، 1355؛ عنوان: نامه به کودکی که هرگز زاده نشد؛ مترجم: میهن ایران پرست؛ و ترجمه های بسیار دیگر؛ نقل از متن: امشب پی بردم که وجود داری: بسان قطره‌ ای از زندگی، که از هیچ جاری باشد. با چشم باز، در ظلمت محض دراز کشیده بودم، که ناگهان در دل تاریکی، جرقه‌ ای از آگاهی و اطمینان، درخشید. آری، تو آنجا بودی. وجود داشتی. گویی تیری به قلبم خورده بود. و وقتی صدای نامرتب و پر هیاهوی ضربانش را، باز شنیدم، احساس کردم تا خرخره، در گودال وحشتناکی از تردید و وحشت، فرو رفته‌ ام. سعی کن بفهمی ...؛ من از دیگران نمی‌ترسم. با دیگران کاری ندارم. از خدا هم نمی‌ترسم. به این حرفها اعتقادی ندارم. از درد هم نمی‌ترسم. ترس من از توست. از تو که سرنوشت، وجودت را از هیچ ربود، و به جدار بطن من چسباند. هر چند همیشه انتظارت را کشیده‌ ام، هیچگاه آمادگی پذیرایی از تو را نداشته‌ ام، و همیشه این پرسش وحشتناک، برایم مطرح بوده است: نکند دوست نداشته باشی به دنیا بیایی؟ نکند نخواهی زاده شوی؟ نکند روزی به سرم فریاد بکشی که «چه کسی از تو خواسته بود مرا به دنیا بیاوری؟ چرا مرا درست کردی؟ چرا؟»؛ پایان نقل. راستش را بخواهید، نوجوان که بودم، بارها با پرخاش از پدر روانشادم همین پرسش را پرسیده بودم، و هنوز اکنون نیز، همین پرسش را دارم. آنروزها، که ایشان شرمسار بودند، و پاسخی نداشتند. امید که بودنمان مفید باشد...؛ کتاب را نخستین بار، در سال 1355 هجری خورشیدی، با عنوان: «به کودکی که هرگز زاده نشد»، جناب: «مانی ارژنگی»، به فارسی ترجمه، و توسط موسسه انتشارات «امیرکبیر» منتشر شد. دومین ترجمه کتاب، با عنوان: «نامه به کودکی که هرگز متولد نشد»، توسط بانو: «ویدا مشفق»، به فارسی ترجمه شد، و انتشارات «جاویدان» آنرا در سال 1355 هجری خورشیدی، منتشر کرد. و در سال 1382 هجری خورشیدی نیز، جناب: «یغما گلرویی»، ترجمه ی چهارم از این کتاب را، به سرانجام رساندند، و انتشارات «دارینوش» آنرا چاپ کرد. داستان با زاویه دید اول شخص، و در قالب نامه‌ ای از راوی داستان: «یک زن جوان»، که گویا خود بانو «اوریانا فالاچی» باشند، به جنینی که در رحم خود، باردار بوده است، و هرگز زاده نشدند، نگاشته شده، تا فرزند نازاده‌ اش را، از مصیبت‌های دنیا، و بی‌رحمی آن آگاه کند.؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Samadrita

    Once in a while, I stumble upon an unheard of book written by someone who expresses everything I have ever felt and says it as eloquently and without any reservations as I would hope to someday. And I realize once again why reading is so vital to my existence. Only literature helps me make my peace with all the ugliness in the world and infuses me with the strength to carry on with whatever futile everyday doings I busy myself with, in the hope that someone somewhere has summarized the greater h Once in a while, I stumble upon an unheard of book written by someone who expresses everything I have ever felt and says it as eloquently and without any reservations as I would hope to someday. And I realize once again why reading is so vital to my existence. Only literature helps me make my peace with all the ugliness in the world and infuses me with the strength to carry on with whatever futile everyday doings I busy myself with, in the hope that someone somewhere has summarized the greater human condition with profound empathy and sensitivity for me to derive my solace from. Oriana Fallaci makes no pretensions in this book. Doesn't sugar-coat her attempt at shaking the very rigid walls that make up the citadel of patriarchy, doesn't shy away from tackling the entire spectrum of burning issues which if you proceed to discuss with friends and acquaintances even now in 2013, will earn you the raised eyebrows of some, urgently conducted hushed discussion of your 'morals as a woman' behind your back by others and vehement denouncement by the rest. And to think this brave war correspondent from Italy, who had removed the 'hijab' or 'chador' forced on her during an interview with Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in addition to criticizing the imposed compulsion of wearing it, wrote this in 1975. (I am not going into the topic of her alleged Islamophobia) A woman's right to her life over the life of her yet unborn child. Is there one? And not just that. When do we say that life comes into being? At the moment of conception or in the ninth month and, in some cases, the seventh month when the foetus actually becomes viable? How morally justifiable is it to ask a woman to behave, monitor her own mood changes, refrain from undertaking tasks which put a physical strain on her or treat her like an inanimate incubator designed to mold its existence around a foetus' needs? Is it okay to overlook the importance of the life of a full-fledged person of flesh and blood, with her own place in the world, taking only into consideration the hint of possibility of life that has taken roots inside of her? Given a choice, would an unborn child want to be born in a world like ours where a mother is unable to ensure her child's safety and well-being and slavery begins the moment we are liberated from our dark prison inside the mother's womb? Oriana Fallaci writes with a poetic flair, fearlessly lending her voice to many questions which nearly all of us (specially women) battle with in solitude over a lifetime, but are often unable to articulate these ideas in front of an audience in fear of backlash by a predominantly conservative society. The central ideas are presented in the form of a young woman's internal monologue, in which she confronts her own fears, doubts, misgivings and suppressed anger while pretending to converse with her unborn child. As I reached the end of the book I couldn't help but wonder if the irony of mostly men framing abortion laws in almost all nations of the world would have registered with the ones at the helm of matters if they had a copy of this book? Probably not. After all, a writer like Fallaci is more likely to be labelled a 'radical feminist' and her views snubbed coldly with a patronizing shake of the head without further thought. I haven't 5-starred this book merely because it deals with a strongly feminist humanist theme or because it is so deftly written but also because it neatly presents a logical argument both in favor and in opposition of nearly every pronouncement of the pregnant woman. The unnamed protagonist's voice keeps shifting between the extremities of calm rationality and impatient resentment, sometimes making irrefutably cogent statements in front of an imagined jury silently judging her thoughts and actions, and sometimes just lashing out in cold fury at the unfairness with which the world treats her. She is as humane and prone to error as any one of us, which is why it is most important to acknowledge that our established notions of life, death and motherhood could be just as flawed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Godin

    This is a very difficult book to review, seeing as I don't have a womb, thus will never carry a child. The whole narrative is a juggernaut of intense, heartrending and headline size sentences, presumably a fictional account of Fallaci's miscarriage, but I found her highly inflated state of emotion did begin to lose it's power later on. The dream sequences and imagined dialog from the viewpoint of the unborn child were a clever idea, and no doubt the book will be truly unforgettable for some, but This is a very difficult book to review, seeing as I don't have a womb, thus will never carry a child. The whole narrative is a juggernaut of intense, heartrending and headline size sentences, presumably a fictional account of Fallaci's miscarriage, but I found her highly inflated state of emotion did begin to lose it's power later on. The dream sequences and imagined dialog from the viewpoint of the unborn child were a clever idea, and no doubt the book will be truly unforgettable for some, but for me, because she pulls towards the argument of pro-life and abortion—a heavy subject that I'd rather not dwell on right now, it didn't really stay with me for very long.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zak

    I will never know what it feels like to be expecting (at least not in this lifetime if you believe in reincarnation). Nor will I ever know what goes through the mind of a woman facing a pregnancy for which she is totally unprepared. Thanks though to Oriana Fallaci's 'Letter to a Child Never Born', I have been given a glimpse into how at least one woman 'might' feel in such a situation. This 'novel' (I have no idea if it reflects her own thinking or experiences) despite being so short, runs the wh I will never know what it feels like to be expecting (at least not in this lifetime if you believe in reincarnation). Nor will I ever know what goes through the mind of a woman facing a pregnancy for which she is totally unprepared. Thanks though to Oriana Fallaci's 'Letter to a Child Never Born', I have been given a glimpse into how at least one woman 'might' feel in such a situation. This 'novel' (I have no idea if it reflects her own thinking or experiences) despite being so short, runs the whole gamut of issues encompassing abortion and the right to life, feminism and a woman's right to choose, meaning of life and love, oppression and patriarchy, societal expectations and pressures, etc. At times hopeful and rational, at times unhinged and spiteful, the central character expounds on these issues in a fictional 'letter' to her unborn child, one day taking one side and another day the other until she comes full circle to a final, exhausted understanding. With so many contentious issues which are still being argued over today, it's amazing that this book was first published in 1975, when I imagine society was even more conservative. This is a powerful and insightful book and deserves to be read no matter what your stance on choice is.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ivana Books Are Magic

    One of the most profoundly sad books I've ever read, Letter to a Child Never Born is a deeply personal conversation between a woman and her unborn child. You might call it a monologue, but to me it feels more like a dialogue, even if the child this 'letter' is directed to is still a fetus. The way Fallaci addresses the child makes it seem all too real. Yes, the fetus doesn't directly answer the mother, but one can feel there is a bond, a bond that grows as the novel progresses. Isn't pregnancy o One of the most profoundly sad books I've ever read, Letter to a Child Never Born is a deeply personal conversation between a woman and her unborn child. You might call it a monologue, but to me it feels more like a dialogue, even if the child this 'letter' is directed to is still a fetus. The way Fallaci addresses the child makes it seem all too real. Yes, the fetus doesn't directly answer the mother, but one can feel there is a bond, a bond that grows as the novel progresses. Isn't pregnancy one of the greatest mysteries of life? Surely there are many bonds that tie a mother to her child. One might call this book an epistolary novel, as it is (as the title implies) written as a letter from a woman to her unborn child. I've called it a written dialogue, but I don't think it really matters how we classify it, what matter is that it is an exceptional novel. Clearly, the book is, in many ways, autobiographical. I've just called it a deeply personal book, but it is a also a philosophical one. It questions life, gender roles, personal responsibility and freedom, abortion and parenting. It speaks of difficult topics with intelligence, honesty and bravery. It speaks of what is like to be a woman. A woman that loves her job, that is passionate about her writing and that is afraid to give up her artistic freedom because of pregnancy. Letter To a Child Never Born is a personal tale, but it is also a philosophical discussion. With so many ideas thrown around, discussed it detail and explained with eloquence, at times it seems like a collection of essayist writing, and yet it remains a personal story of an unplanned pregnancy. It's a brilliant novel, in the every sense of the word. Beautifully written, sensitive and sensible recount of what it feels like to be a woman. I remember seeing some documentary in which it was mentioned that some Italian feminist have accused Fallaci of speaking against abortion, but that is not what this book is about. Quite on the contrary, it could even be called a feminist novel as it can easily be placed within the context of seventies feminism. It was written in a time when feminism still made sense, not like today when it sadly seems to be more about accusing men for everything, then about empowering women. Anyhow, this book is no pamphlet, and it's certainly neither pro or anti abortion. At one point Fallaci even asks the question whether we have the right to bring any child into this world of suffering? Does any child ask to be born? In reality, this is a book that speaks of the complex issues and isn't afraid to ask difficult questions. The story of a young professional unmarried woman struggling with a difficult decision of whether or not to keep her child is not dated. Life will always present us with difficult choices. One way or another, parenting is always a complex subject. Sometimes not becoming a parent is not a choice, but an unfortunate accident or a result of health problems. Still, the existential questions of parenting are always there, even if we are not fortunate to realize ourselves as parents. There is always guilt and self-questioning, both for parents and childless adults. In this book, the pregnant woman (possibly the author herself) feels herself shunned by society, questioned by her gynecologist but in reality all that is secondary. Perhaps becoming a mother is most often a deeply personal choice. Perhaps it is never an easy one. I felt that this book captures wonderfully all the complexities of being a woman. It's intelligent, brave and emotional. It was the second book by Fallaci that I have read. It's been years since I read it, but I remember it so clearly. Letter to a Child Never Born is a powerful pregnancy tale is there ever was one. I would recommend it to every adult person.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    I initially read Oriana Fallaci's book "A Man" after reading her interview with the Ayatollah Khomeini. The recounting of her encounter with the Cyproit patriot who was the subject of the book "A Man" caused me to admire her courage to simply be honest. The honesty and the intimacy which she penned in "Letter to a Child Never Born" fortuneately or unfortuneately for my children, guided my parenting more than any of teh volumes on Childrearing which I read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Avanthika

    Here we have a protagonist, lady who brakes up after confirming pregnancy for her man suggested to abort. She writes a letter to that fetus in her womb, about life, living life and all the strings attached to life as a whole. A letter on human tendencies, values and worth-less chasing that we do for various statuses. She writes all negatives first. She writes all the dirty things about life which people'll generally avoid talking about. She writes things as they're meant to be. I was shell shock Here we have a protagonist, lady who brakes up after confirming pregnancy for her man suggested to abort. She writes a letter to that fetus in her womb, about life, living life and all the strings attached to life as a whole. A letter on human tendencies, values and worth-less chasing that we do for various statuses. She writes all negatives first. She writes all the dirty things about life which people'll generally avoid talking about. She writes things as they're meant to be. I was shell shocked at few pages for I've never imagined a mom talking this frankly to a kid, that too to a yet-to-be born child. This book is very intense indeed :O ! Certainly an eye-opener to all those people who're struggling out there to understand life. Here I've quoted few of my favorite quotes from the book, 1."One day you and I will have to have a little talk about this business called love. I still don't understand what it's all about. My guess is that it's just a gigantic hoax, invented to keep people quiet and diverted. Everyone talks about love: the priests, the advertising posters, the literati, and the politicians, those of them who make love. And in speaking of love and offering it as a panacea for every tragedy, they would and betray and kill both body and soul." 2."To be good or bad doesn't count: life out in this world doesn't depend on that. It depends on a relation of forces based on violence. And survival is violence. You'll wear leather shoes because someone has killed a cow and skinned it to make leather." 3."And yet, or just for this reason, it's so fascinating to be a woman. It's an adventure that takes such courage, a challenge that's never boring. You'll have so many things to engage you if you're born a woman. To begin with, you'll have to struggle to maintain that if God exists he might even be an old woman with white hair or a beautiful girl. Then you'll have to struggle to explain that it wasn't sin that was born on the day when Eve picked an apple, what was born that day was a splendid virtue called disobedience." 4.“You belong neither to God nor the state nor me. You belong to yourself and no one else.” I just loved this book. It was tailored to tame my pulse ^_^

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Bracing, emotional--true depths are reached here. Fallaci, unexpectedly pregnant in her 40s, writes to her unborn child, whose father wants Fallaci to have an abortion. Fallaci finds herself unwilling to do so, though she has no plans to maintain a relationship with the father. She is buffeted by the reactions of those around her--her parents, who are disappointed; a friend who insists she'll ruin her life if she has the baby; her doctor, who mistrusts her willingness to be a mother. She veers b Bracing, emotional--true depths are reached here. Fallaci, unexpectedly pregnant in her 40s, writes to her unborn child, whose father wants Fallaci to have an abortion. Fallaci finds herself unwilling to do so, though she has no plans to maintain a relationship with the father. She is buffeted by the reactions of those around her--her parents, who are disappointed; a friend who insists she'll ruin her life if she has the baby; her doctor, who mistrusts her willingness to be a mother. She veers between a passionate devotion to the child-to-be and a resentment over being "invaded" and "controlled," especially when she is put on bed rest for weeks. And, having seen much violence and cruelty in her life, she wonders if it is right to bring a child into the world. Eventually she loses the fetus, and while the loss may have been inevitable, Fallaci feels guilty for it and puts herself "on trial"--her jury consisting of those close relations mentioned above as well as a priest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nesa

    Personally I’m not sure how I’m gonna feel in my 40s or 50s , but right now I’m so happy for not having any child ! Giving Birth from my perspective as a woman is the only responsibility in the world you can never get rid of . It’s not all about responsibility, the main doubt is , does the word “Life” worth it to get suffered life time as a person , who had absolutely no choice to be born or not?!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice

    (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ well deserved) I don't know if it's all the Handmaid's Tale hype but lately I became more and more interested in reading feminist books, but I found this book to be a little masterpiece and seminal in its field. Never trite, and never sugar-coating, Fallaci tells her own story with a great deal of realism, pain and a rawness that maybe elsewhere I would find to be unpleasant, but that are necessary when you are dealing with divisive themes like abortion. But this book also deals with patri (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ well deserved) I don't know if it's all the Handmaid's Tale hype but lately I became more and more interested in reading feminist books, but I found this book to be a little masterpiece and seminal in its field. Never trite, and never sugar-coating, Fallaci tells her own story with a great deal of realism, pain and a rawness that maybe elsewhere I would find to be unpleasant, but that are necessary when you are dealing with divisive themes like abortion. But this book also deals with patriarchy, gender gap, right to life, working women, relationships, religion ... Every digression never sounds forced, every reflection is never trivial or written per se. And, honestly, the writing style is superb. I have to admit that I was surprised to enjoy it as much as I have, like many other supposed "modern classics" - but even without being a mother I was deeply touched. A book that everyone should read, men and women, Commanders and Handmaids, parents and children.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Giulia

    I highly recommend this book, I loved it. It is about abortion, love and family written in a completely honest and disarming way. The writer finds out to be pregnant and she's writing a never ending letter to her child warning him/her about the unfairness of the world. It is a short and beautiful read and it brings a different and genuine point of view. I personally think it doesn't exist an “enough” when talking about these subjects, even though they result a lot more difficult than other ones. I highly recommend this book, I loved it. It is about abortion, love and family written in a completely honest and disarming way. The writer finds out to be pregnant and she's writing a never ending letter to her child warning him/her about the unfairness of the world. It is a short and beautiful read and it brings a different and genuine point of view. I personally think it doesn't exist an “enough” when talking about these subjects, even though they result a lot more difficult than other ones. This books gives awareness to the choice of a woman to abort or not. While the theme is a though one to digest, Oriana's writing just pulled me in every time. I love how honest and direct she is.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fattane

    My favorite one. I love this book and I read it over and over again and I also will ... This is true enough about life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Ondrus

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book would be great to put in a women's studies class! It shows the psychological impact of being pregnant--that is the thinking that takes place at least for the narrator. It is in the second person. This novel shows the complexities, the conundrums, the push and pulls of being pregnant, and not only from a woman's perspective but also from society, doctors, lover. The narrator is a single unwed mother. When she goes to the doctor he calls her "signora" and she corrects him with "signorina This book would be great to put in a women's studies class! It shows the psychological impact of being pregnant--that is the thinking that takes place at least for the narrator. It is in the second person. This novel shows the complexities, the conundrums, the push and pulls of being pregnant, and not only from a woman's perspective but also from society, doctors, lover. The narrator is a single unwed mother. When she goes to the doctor he calls her "signora" and she corrects him with "signorina." His demeanor towards her shifts (becoming cold and brisk), his staff's demeanor also shifts. She considers if the fetus desires to be born. She considers it of its own free will and agenda and she cannot interfere. The narrator believes in life, not in God. Although this is only a story of being pregnant for 3 months (she loses the baby), there is an immense weight of considerations and emotional reactions. She struggles with her life versus the baby's life. She also struggles with the psychological impact of losing the baby and creates a dream/nightmare of being judged for this miscarriage in a sort of court room. She is vilified for choosing to follow her job assignment, as if this caused the miscarriage. In reality, her work colleagues did not want to discuss her miscarriage; instead they congratulated her on getting her work/job done. She says goodbye to the baby at the end. This book could help someone get through a miscarriage perhaps. I think it also draws light on the emotional trauma of miscarriages.

  14. 4 out of 5

    La Petite Princesse :-)

    It's easy to ignore sexism when it works in your favor. I'm surprised to know that a lot of men consider this book as nonsense complaints of the author about the injustice that is applied against women. I saw this book also mentioned disadvantages of being a man as well. Moreover, I found parts which were written about disadvantages of being a woman very true. In general though I believe the author's belief towards life is too dark and bitter. Especially the first half of the book was too sad th It's easy to ignore sexism when it works in your favor. I'm surprised to know that a lot of men consider this book as nonsense complaints of the author about the injustice that is applied against women. I saw this book also mentioned disadvantages of being a man as well. Moreover, I found parts which were written about disadvantages of being a woman very true. In general though I believe the author's belief towards life is too dark and bitter. Especially the first half of the book was too sad that I had to push myself into making the book to an end. This work is full of contradictory parts in the sense that the writer lets you be free in deciding which one is true. Rather than pushing on you her opinion, Fallaci wants to make you think of life again, about its purpose and meaning and in a part mentions that the world will keep existing even if "I" as an individual die. Her talk to her child reminded me of the talks that my mother gives to me all the time and fills me with fear and sadness. No matter how hard I try to convince her that these kind of bothering sentences lets my soul fade and throw me to the edge of depression, she'll keep on doing her own thing. The truth is bitter, I know and life is difficult but not are we supposed to remind each other of this fatal fact all the time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This is a slim volume, barely 100 pages, but it is very dense. It is delivered in second person, as a monologue – a letter to her unborn child – that feels very intimate. This is a feminist manifesto of a single woman expecting a child in the Catholic, conservative, man-dominated Italy of the seventies. “In the legends that males have invented to explain life, the first human creature is a man named Adam. Eve arrives later, to give him pleasure and cause trouble. In the paintings that adorn chur This is a slim volume, barely 100 pages, but it is very dense. It is delivered in second person, as a monologue – a letter to her unborn child – that feels very intimate. This is a feminist manifesto of a single woman expecting a child in the Catholic, conservative, man-dominated Italy of the seventies. “In the legends that males have invented to explain life, the first human creature is a man named Adam. Eve arrives later, to give him pleasure and cause trouble. In the paintings that adorn churches, God is an old man with a beard, never an old woman with white hair. And all the heroes are males: from Prometheus who discovered fire to Icarus who tried to fly, on down to Jesus whom they call the Son of God and of the Holy Spirit, almost as though the woman giving birth to him were an incubator or a wetnurse.”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aysan Ghaffarzadeh

    “You belong neither to God nor the state nor me. You belong to yourself and no one else.” “And yet, or just for this reason, it's so fascinating to be a woman. It's an adventure that takes such courage, a challenge that's never boring. You'll have so many things to engage you if you're born a woman." “No matter what system you live under, there is no escaping the law that it's always the strongest, the cruelest, the least generous who win.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Simin Yadegar

    very nice, Orianna Fallaci is a very good and brave writer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hanieh Safari

    As a woman, you always wonder if you ever want to have a child? She has portrayed the struggles of every woman who is trying to answer this question very well. Do I really want to bring another person to this messed up world? Do I really want to give up my freedom and dedicate my life to raising up a child? Even if I want to have a kid in my life, why should I go through all the pains of pregnancy? Isn't adoption a better and more selfless option? Or is the joy of becoming a mother enough to ign As a woman, you always wonder if you ever want to have a child? She has portrayed the struggles of every woman who is trying to answer this question very well. Do I really want to bring another person to this messed up world? Do I really want to give up my freedom and dedicate my life to raising up a child? Even if I want to have a kid in my life, why should I go through all the pains of pregnancy? Isn't adoption a better and more selfless option? Or is the joy of becoming a mother enough to ignore all those questions? You go back and forth between the answers, and in the end, each woman is going to have a different answer to this question. However, no matter what decision you make, the decision is yours and you own it. Having a baby is a choice, and deciding against it does not make a woman less of a woman!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tina Gh

    This book is not a story; this is reality and what a unique narration. I have also read "Useless sex" by the same author. And I can say she is brilliant. I wish she could finish this review herself :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This book made me desperately love and fiercely hate: my mother, as well as myself for being female, my husband for being male, and the world in which we live for the unfairness of life in general. I am very much pro-choice, and after reading this book my opinion wavered back and forth several times until I came to a final conclusion: what is right for some is wrong for others, and what is right for one right now may be wrong for that one in future. Life is an unknown, and all we can do is live This book made me desperately love and fiercely hate: my mother, as well as myself for being female, my husband for being male, and the world in which we live for the unfairness of life in general. I am very much pro-choice, and after reading this book my opinion wavered back and forth several times until I came to a final conclusion: what is right for some is wrong for others, and what is right for one right now may be wrong for that one in future. Life is an unknown, and all we can do is live it, day by day. Sometimes we'll make good choices and sometimes we won't. The burden of wanting so desperately to make those good choices is the foundation on which this book was written. In fact, it's the foundation on which being a human being, specifically a woman, is built. Uncertainties follow us everywhere we go. All we can do is keep going.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Rataj

    I had never heard of Oriana Fallaci before I read this book, but I will definitely be reading more of her books! Letter to a Child Never Born is the story of a woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and how she copes with it. She bounces between joy at the prospect of having a child, and depression at the thought of bringing an innocent child into a world full of so much suffering and inequality. But by far the best bit is the end where, after she has lost the baby, she puts herself on tr I had never heard of Oriana Fallaci before I read this book, but I will definitely be reading more of her books! Letter to a Child Never Born is the story of a woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and how she copes with it. She bounces between joy at the prospect of having a child, and depression at the thought of bringing an innocent child into a world full of so much suffering and inequality. But by far the best bit is the end where, after she has lost the baby, she puts herself on trial for its death and it's in this section that the main character really comes to life and accepts her feelings about the pregnancy. Overall, a beautiful and thought-provoking read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    Life is such an effort, Child. It’s a war that is renewed each day, and its moments of joy are brief parentheses for which you pay a cruel price. How can I know that it wouldn’t be better to throw you away? How can I tell that you wouldn’t rather be returned to the silence? You cannot speak to me; your drop of life is only a cluster of cells that has scarcely begun. Perhaps it’s not even life, only mere possibility of life, I wish that you could help me with even a nod, a slight sign. Semplicemen Life is such an effort, Child. It’s a war that is renewed each day, and its moments of joy are brief parentheses for which you pay a cruel price. How can I know that it wouldn’t be better to throw you away? How can I tell that you wouldn’t rather be returned to the silence? You cannot speak to me; your drop of life is only a cluster of cells that has scarcely begun. Perhaps it’s not even life, only mere possibility of life, I wish that you could help me with even a nod, a slight sign. Semplicemente fantastico, nulla fuori posto, nessun giudizio, solo fatti, pensieri e tanto amore.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This book was so touching, that's really all I can say about it. I read somewhere that it's almost as if it's the feminist manifesto, and I can see why. The most poignant part to me is when she realizes that she doesn't want the child to control her thoughts, feelings, and actions while pregnant and so she drinks a slug of whiskey and chain smokes cigarettes. I cried and laughed. The book was so fantastic. I hope that when I perform it next year for my speech and drama team, everyone will feel as This book was so touching, that's really all I can say about it. I read somewhere that it's almost as if it's the feminist manifesto, and I can see why. The most poignant part to me is when she realizes that she doesn't want the child to control her thoughts, feelings, and actions while pregnant and so she drinks a slug of whiskey and chain smokes cigarettes. I cried and laughed. The book was so fantastic. I hope that when I perform it next year for my speech and drama team, everyone will feel as moved as I was.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ala makoto athari nejad

    it was so atractive & was very feminine too! may be more women s like it! it was so atractive & was very feminine too! may be more women s like it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danial M

    good for the birds mozakhraf

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fataneh

    i found out that iranian people are not just the stupid people with stupid strict believes . i like it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vida

    the world changes and remains the same. I know ours is a world made by men for men, their dictatorship is so ancient it even extends to language.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Khalil

    Letter To a Child Never Born Oriana Fallaci To Be Or Not Be, That's The Question (Hamlet) This book is a mother's monologue with her never-born-child which provides us with an explanation of Shakespeare's most famous lines, "To be or not to be." Oriana Fallaci has highlighted some very crucial questions regarding existence and nothingness. Life is beautiful but at the same time it's horrible too it's a hotch potch of War,Hatred, Exploitation,Love,Happiness. We are born to die in fact life is a jou Letter To a Child Never Born Oriana Fallaci To Be Or Not Be, That's The Question (Hamlet) This book is a mother's monologue with her never-born-child which provides us with an explanation of Shakespeare's most famous lines, "To be or not to be." Oriana Fallaci has highlighted some very crucial questions regarding existence and nothingness. Life is beautiful but at the same time it's horrible too it's a hotch potch of War,Hatred, Exploitation,Love,Happiness. We are born to die in fact life is a journey from cradle to grave and we have to travel it from station to station. Oriana has pleaded the case of a mother in a very realistic and intellectual way. Some very crucial questions regarding human existence on this planet are asked in this book. Mother is trying to introduce her yet to born child pros and cons of existence on this planet. Role of a female in male chauvinistic society is elaborated. Interesting part of this book is narration of three fairy tales by mother. In the end child remains to be the part of eternal nothingness and doesn't taste the fruit of existence. It's a thought provoking read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ana de Oliveira Casella

    A raw, but tender and extremely honest monologue from a woman who’s expecting a child as a single mother. Written in the 70’s, it depicts the debate around abortion and all its nuances in an impressionable modern perspective to the time, making this book still very up-to-date. My favorite chapters were the ones dealing with the subject of being born as a woman vs. being born as a man. Read and available in Spanish at LibriVox.org

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rana

    It’s a fantastic book 🌹

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