Set amidst the turmoil of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, this vivid and highly-acclaimed novel by an Egyptian journalist is an intimate look into. “Something of a landmark a bold and important work. [This] is the first novel I know of that successfully renders an Arab, Egyptian Muslim reality in English. Soueif is one of the most extraordinary chroniclers of sexual politics now writing.” In the Eye of the Sun is a significant, near-miraculous original: ‘The Great.
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This is a very long book, but it was a fast read, because the writi I read this to get a better understanding of the role of women in the Arab world, and I got exactly that.
Yes, I know what it sounds like, but as anyone who ahdsf to write a Ph. Sep 17, L rated it it was amazing. I was genuinely sad for it to be over, and that doesn’t happen really often for me with novels, as much as I read novels.
Jul 30, Em rated it really liked it Shelves: And the Egyptians have now and then looked back. But she’s a character that you can get to know and learn to soueig as if she were a real living and breathing person.
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Undoubtedly one of the attractions of the book soueiif the aesthetic and recreational variety ln the lifestyle the family enjoys: The first part of the novel, when the protagonist, Asya, is still in Egypt was far more interesting, I’m not enthralled with her story once she moves to England.
Most good books are like taking a college course on a particular subject. Feb 14, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Ahxaf 22, L rated it liked it Shelves: Soueif’s epigrams may be Middlemarchbut her narrative control has at key points the coldness and closeness of The Golden Notebookright down to her variation on the theme of political nonfiction digressive insertion into narrative fiction. There’s something in me that shouts lazy writing, but another part in me says it’s realistic.
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She is modern and free, while at the same time, a passive victim. Jul 28, Nathan “N. Asya’s situation is thrown into relief by a trip to Italy, in which a very similar traditional sexual conservatism meets an ostensibly ‘permissive’ convention among youth and tourists. It’s true that I ripped ni this, smallish close set print and all, but I don’t think I’ll ever reread it after gaining further knowledge about all the events referenced by the narrative as current.
However,I have stuck to it till the end, and for this reason I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. I must say i’ve enjoyed every single word.
Through the eyes of an innocent and young student, we soueuf how infatuation and love can create and simultaneously destroy a person. Family, romantic relationships and friendships are all dissected in glorious detail, bringing every interaction to life as if by magic. For this work, the length, the ni, the author’s ethnic nationality actually corresponding to the narrated place: However, my semester started before I could finish, so I’ll be in suspense until December.
In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif
View all 3 comments. Does love truely means that two persons should melt inside one being, or should each one maintain their own independence or just reach a certain point o I’ve spent 3 months reading this amazing novel.
View all 6 comments. I’ve given up on shorter books. I really can’t find suitable words to describe this lady. By tracing her life until adulthood, we get to know Asya as if she was our closest friend; we feel her pain more strongly than we allow ourselves to experience our own. This was incredibly powerful, so much so that at times it made me dizzy.
In the Eye of the Sun
However, there were at least pages during which I was pretty annoyed with the protagonist. As a woman living in Egypt, educated in the West as a grad student, no lessand struggling to understand the WHY of things here, I thought it was an excellent read.
Structurally, the novel opens injumps back to and works its way forward to again, and has chapters divided into ‘scenes’ as if Soueif envisioned it as a souekf. It turns out also that she does not feel desire, affection and love at the same time. Depends on which publication you’re reading. I guess that means the Soueif has written engaging, believeable characters about who you very much care.
My City, Our Revolution — a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution Sorry for talking so much: I loved the paragraphs of Seif’s side of the story. Both men are telling her what to do, how to behave, what to wear, and, directly or indirectly, what she really is like.