The Moonlit Cage

The Moonlit Cage

Linda Holeman / Aug 17, 2019

The Moonlit Cage Set in s 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 beau

  • Title: The Moonlit Cage
  • Author: Linda Holeman
  • ISBN: 9780755322947
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 whilsSet 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.

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      • Linda Holeman

        Linda Holeman is the author of fourteen books of fiction Her work includes two adult collections of 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 Slovakian.As 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 work.Linda 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 Canada.Linda 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 Manitoba.She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.Source lindaholeman


    1. This is the first book I've read by Linda Holeman and it was good enough to make me want to read more of 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 [...]

    2. Why don't more people 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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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. [...]

    7. 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 n [...]

    8. I am adding Linda Holeman to my list of favorite authors! Once again, she took me on an ride through India, Afghanistan and England. As in The Linnet Bird the ride was not always a pleasant and scenic. But it was real. I loved the main character Darya! Her journey from the beginning to end was one that was fraught with many challenges- including a curse! Yet she always believed that she was destined for more. The return of some characters from The Linnet Bird made The Moonlit Cage: A Novel a sat [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 wanting more of 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 [...]

    11. This was one of those unexpectedly good books, the sort that come along every fifty or so, and I couldn't put it down. It was downright raw at times, and I wouldn't have let my poor heroine suffer quite so much, but life IS like that. Set in Afghanistan during the Victorian times, it's a real insight into life as a woman growing up in that patriarchal society, and how she finally moves to freedom, of sorts. WONDERFUL.

    12. I love books like this, saga-types that go through the life of a woman where she meets hardship and etc. but ultimately triumphs, with the backdrop of some interesting historical period. It was extra interesting because it was set in Afghanistan in the nineteenth century, which I think is a fairly unique choice of location. However, I cynically think the way everything resolves itself at the end of the book is very improbable.

    13. While I give this book 5 stars, I feel ambivalent about the ending. Though the book is rich with descriptions of scenery, emotions, and characters, the protagonist (despite her "power"), remains disappointingly dependent on men to determine her fate. I realize that some of that is cultural and some just the time and setting, but she is supposed to be a woman of unusual spunk and strength. I enjoyed it! Thanks, again, nehocs!

    14. I really liked the first 2/3 of the book - I loved reading about life in Afghanistan and India. The part about living in England I didn't like so much - it didn't seem to fit with the "strong" and "powerful" character Darya supposedly was. The ending was fairly predictable, and there was too much teen-age drama between her and David, but overall I liked it.

    15. I loved this book until close to the end. Then it got a little dicey. I would have given it 4 starts until the last section.

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

    17. Books like 'The Moonlit Cage' are something quite extraordinary. The book is narrated by Darya, a young Muslim woman from Afghanistan who opens the first pages of the story by talking briefly about how she is considered wicked due to her character and life choices. She leaves the reader with the question, "Am I truly wicked?" before beginning, a question which she asks the reader in the final pages once she has given her life account.We are taken back in time to when Darya is a child, the scene [...]

    18. What an emotional journey this book takes you on. The protagonist is Daryâ, an Afghan girl who begins her tale by saying she has always been told she was wicked. She is not a meek, obedient girl -- she is inquisitive and stubborn. She has an excellent voice and her description of her experiences is very evocative. I loved her descriptions of the landscapes she passed through and the scenes of quiet domesticity. But her life is rather tough in places and downright harrowing in others -- her time [...]

    19. This novel provided me with an understanding of Afghanistan and India and the life of women, arranged marriages and culture from the 1850s. I enjoyed watching the protagonist, Darya, survive in a multitude of situations, mainly beyond her control, and journey into womanhood.Coincidentally I had also borrowed the movie "Charlie Wilson's War" and it was about current-day USA efforts in Afghanistan. Not to spoil the movie so I will use basic thoughts here, however, the lack of follow-through on the [...]

    20. The first line of "The Moonlit Cage," was the reason I picked up this book.It reads, "Ï have always been told I was wicked." These few words drew me in for multiple reasons but if I thought this story was about Darya's wickedness, I would have been quite wrong. Yes, there is wickedness in this book. There are the contrasts of love and hate and there is much about the strangeness, diversity, and sometimes inexplicable practises of cultures a world away from our own.Written in 1856, Darya's story [...]

    21. This book kept me completely involved until Darya moved in with Mr. Bull.I found this part slow and horrible. I was continuously waiting for David Ingram to come and rescue her. Her time there was dragged out too long. When she finally is rescued by David, the ending is rushed right along. After living through her misery for so long with Mr.Bull, I really needed and wanted to hear of more good times, love, and their marriage with David to get rid of all those terrible pages I read before.Her lif [...]

    22. When I picked this one up, I didn't realize it was a follow up of sorts to The Linnet Bird, so that was a nice surprise. Both books have their unsavory characters, strong female characters, and period details that are interesting. I liked both books, but I think I like this one better. I enjoyed following Darya on her journey, even if it was frustrating how she was limited by the time period and cultures. But I still appreciated a peek at life in these various communities in the 1840s-1850s and [...]

    23. So much sadnessThis is a very well written book,however there is so much sadness in this book that it makes you wonder if this author is as sad. The character in this book is very strong young lady. She has to deal with so much pain and sorrow and shame,it is a wonder she could still hold her head up after it was all said and done. If you are looking for a happy book this is not the one to read. However, it will make you hope things will get better for the young lady. One cannot help but admire [...]

    24. I really didn't know much about Afghanistan in the 1800s, so this book introduced me to a very different way of life. Darya is a young Muslim girl whose life takes her in unexpected directions, often resulting in her being forced into abusive situations because she has no rights or power. A lot of really bad things happen to Darya, so the moments of love and connection that she finds with a young Englishman were definitely a high point of the story for me.

    25. Reading at first, I want to rate it a 4, then halfway through it became a 3, towards the ending, I was so disgusted with the book I wanna give it a 1, but change it to 2 because I like it enough at the beginning. The author started beautifully then she somehow feel like changing her mind and gave the beautiful, complex strong heroine a weird character that make me feels like punching her on the face. Ah well.

    26. I enjoyed the first half of this book a lot. Holeman is an excellent writer, and her descriptions of Afghanistan and the culture of various tribes is fascinating. But the latter half of the book became predictable - and even a little distasteful once the heroine reached London as a "kept woman". I bought two more of Holeman's books used from , so I will be reading more of her writings, but not sure I will make the effort to locate any others in the future.

    27. You know I'm a sucker for a great opening line "I have always been told I was wicked." That's how Linda Holeman began the epic journey of a young Afghan girl in the 1800's. I really enjoyed the cultural insights from Afghanistan, through India, and on to England. Darya's life was not a carefree life by any means, but her strength (along with the memory of her strong grandmother) carried her through a lot. Hefty book, hefty story, but worth the read.

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