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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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Her novel The Map of Love was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages. Jun 19, Hadeel Mashhour rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eyd the end it is a question of breaking the schemes and build our own personality, which is always more likely to happen when far from home. Set amidst the turmoil of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, this vivid and highly-acclaimed novel by an Egyptian journalist is an intimate look into the lives of Arab women today.

A Palestinian Journey” was originally published in The Guardian and then printed in full in Soueif’s recent collection of essays, Mezzaterra: I read this to get a better understanding of the role of women in the Arab world, and I got exactly that.

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The chapters with Asya and Gerald were so frustrating for me as if I were Asya herself fearing for eth and xhdaf willing to do any it has been two days since I have finished the book and till now everytime I walk around the apartment, I automatically reach for the book to read a bit. Oof, it can be interesting to understand some of the background to how Egypt has gotten to the point of their ahcaf revolution.

Sep 18, Debbie rated it really liked it. Her husband seems to be a bit of an S. In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif. There were two components to this coming of age story that were fascinating: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The men in Asya’s life seem to be emotionally, if not mentally, disturbed.


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I loved the paragraphs of Seif’s side of the story. And the Egyptians have now and then looked back. Ahdaf Soueif, born and brought up in Egypt, has lived for long periods in England.

I don’t know This book was recently recommended to me by an Egyptian feminist who said, “Read this book, and you’ll understand everything we go through. Hana It’s well over pages. I always enjoy that the times, they are a-changin’. Feb 14, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Later in the book, when Asya is suffering souif an unhappy marriage and an unstimulating graduate school program in England, the book starts to move painfully slowly, but when she gets back to Eygpt the book feels alive again.

The relationships between the sexes.

I wish Soueif ended the novel where I left off two days ago around page The experience galvanises her to push hard, against barriers hidden by the impression of free choice, against her mother’s deep and long patience, against much of her own socialisation, for the space that will allow her to know her desires and direct her life towards meaning and fulfilment. Review and rating to come. She notices things she had never seen before: Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. Depth and complexity arise from the fact that restrictions on love relationships are firm in an otherwise rather open, cosmopolitan society and among a social class whose relationship to tradition is inflected by privileged access to career choices, higher education and global travel.

While on the front we what a heart breaking book!! Specifically, the mental abuse was a type known as gaslighting, and in the case of this work, I could see the train coming pages in and had to wait another to for the fallout.

Yes, I know what it sounds like, but as anyone who tried to write a Ph.

In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif

I guess that means the Soueif has written engaging, believeable characters about who you very much care. Jun 24, Marcy rated it liked it.

I have taken this vast, encyclopedic, sometimes messy, and often gorgeous novel with me on train rides and excursions throughout the city, and maybe that’s for the best, maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated it in one extended, epic, sit-down dose.


But Soeuif feels parasitic. The hostility towards Palestinians and social class dynamics in Egyptian society are illuminated through relationships seen from female perspectives.

So now I’m finished, and I have to say, I liked this book more when I reading it this summer. I think, through all nuance and juxtaposition and forma I have taken this vast, encyclopedic, sometimes thhe, and often gorgeous novel with me on train rides and excursions throughout the city, and maybe that’s for the best, maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated fye in one extended, epic, sit-down dose.

The setting is Egypt from to Open Preview See a Problem? This was the first book I ever read about the Middle East, written by an Arab author. But the main character is an academic and part of the time she is living in soeuif UK while pursuing a PhD.

In the Eye of the Sun

We also go with her as she finds sexual liberation with the belief that it could have come about that way. There’s also the whole “Modern Egyptians aren’t real Egyptians” spiel being laid to rest in a wonderfully lengthy and comprehensive way.

This part was also enjoyable because events surrounding Asya’s life are intertwined with historical events. Soueif skillfully integrates layers of political awareness and a keenly felt sense of place into the ahxaf of private life in this work, and these fine ingredients are well seasoned by literary and music references from Euro-Usian culture.

Soueif cuts historical background into the story by inserting dated snippets of news, like extracts from a journalistic timeline. As a side effect, women are prevented from articulating and criticising gender oppression that affects them because such critique risks being read and dismissed as internalised imperialism.

We see the humiliation of the war with Israel, the relationship with the Palestinians, the politics of peace process with Sadat and we see the people withstand the crushing weight of a repressive political regime.