Dilemma (Review by Hilary Hawkes)


Dilemma by Baheya Zeitoun is a short work of fiction that explores the dilemmas and emotional struggles of a young woman stuck in a love triangle and unable, at first, to determine the right way forward for herself. This contemporary story is told from first person perspective, the heroine telling her own story in journal style. No names of the characters are given – they are referred to as “I”, “she” or “he”. The heroine experiences confusion, hopes, disappointments and finally resolves to leave her unsatisfactory relationship behind her and begin to develop herself and a life of her own. This has interesting and unexpected consequences for her.

Baheya Zeitoun has an attractive and appealing writing style. Her unusual decision not to give names to her characters has an interesting effect in that it doesn’t detract from the story at all. “We are all the same in being different” states the book’s main character at the start – names can give rise to false expectations or prejudices. I love the way the heroine finds her way through her relationship dilemmas and works to resolve her financial difficulties, so she can develop her talents as a writer.

The book has a message about not settling for pleasing others when this has a detrimental effect on ourselves. It’s when the young woman lets go of unfulfilling situations and people, and concentrates on developing herself, friendships, and her abilities that life starts to unfold in a natural, exciting and good way. Dilemma is a very readable, carefully plotted, entertaining story with believable characters and dilemmas with which many readers may identify.

Hilary Hawkes

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On Keeping Resolutions

In response to the Daily Post’s prompt “Resolved”

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

Well that would really depend on the resolution. My method for making resolutions is to vary them; from the ones I know would to achievable to more challenging aspirations. While some “aspirations” would be considered highly achievable goals, they appear on my list of resolutions every single year. For example: exercise and healthier eating. Even though I occasionally attempt to have a healthier lifestyle by being more active and eating more nutritious foods, I’ve never truly committed to that resolution; fingers crossed, hopefully this would be my year.

As for the resolutions I have kept, they are usually along the lines of  changing an electronic device (ie. phone or laptop) that desperately needed changing and reading a particular list of books that I set at the beginning of the year – the list usually changes during the year, but the goal remains the same.

Otherwise my resolutions include things which I have no control over, such as applications of all sorts (college, job, travel visa). So in these cases, whether or not I follow through with my resolution isn’t entirely up to me. This can be quite upsetting though, especially when I do my part and the situation doesn’t end up in my favor. In all cases, whatever the out come may be, I will continue to have a list of resolutions at the start of each year. 🙂