Publisher: Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM)
Weight: 420 g
The novel is a tribute to the strength of character of a Kelantanese woman from a well-known family. It is an acknowledgement of her resilence, patience, steadfastness, sincerity and acceptance. Beginning with the family's move from town to a small village, through a series of hearbreaking events that occur - the death of a beloved father, the successive tragic deaths of one child after another, then the loss of a loving husband just before the Japanese occupation of Malaya - we witness at Siti Musalmah's unflinching faith and determination in facing life's trails.
As a woman, Siti Musalmah would find that overcoming these problems seems almost insurmountable - the merciless nature of Japanese soldiers, the difficulties of life as a young widow, the stresses of providing for a large family and the twists and turns arising from human folly and fancies. And yet, as a woman spiritually strong, Siti Musalmah would dedicate her life to the physical and spiritual nurturing of her family and the community of which she was a part.
Portrait of a Woman is a realistic portrayal that celebrates the noble qualities of that large group of truly courageous women who are God-fearing, open-hearted and accepting; women who are able to overcome every vicissitude of life with patience and serenity, and ultimately schieve fulfillment.
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