The Moonlit Cage by Linda HolemanThe Moonlit Cage by Linda Holeman

The Moonlit Cage

byLinda Holeman

Mass Market Paperback | January 2, 2006

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Set in 1850s Afghanistan, and moving from there to India and London, Linda Holeman's second novel is an epic story of one woman's escape from persecution and search for a better life. Darya is the beautiful, passionate fugitive escaping a vicious husband and the wrath of her remote Afghani village. When she stumbles across a mysterious young stranger in the mountains whilst escaping from her husband she is captivated - and falls in love.

But David, the young man she meets, is not perhaps the answer she seeks for David's story began long ago, and both he and Darya will have to overcome many obstacles in their search for happiness.
Linda Holeman is the author of six books for young adults and two collections of short stories for adults, all of which have won numerous awards in the US and her native Canada. This is her first novel for adults. She has three children and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Title:The Moonlit CageFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 4.48 × 7.08 × 1.38 inPublished:January 2, 2006Publisher:HeadlineLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0755322940

ISBN - 13:9780755322947


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating 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 little more than 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 and more abuse. 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.
Date published: 2011-08-12