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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I deeply loved this book. Just straight literalist realist stuff no bells no whistles about stuff that is interesting. I must say i’ve enjoyed every single word.

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This book was completely different from what I expected. Jun 08, Kristin rated it it ahdad amazing. Apr 03, Pages. Or when Asya and Saif are in Lebanon during the Civil War although there is a slight factual error there in that the characters are staying at the Phoenicia hotel in Beirut and she says that Israelis live in settlements 30 kilometers away, which is not possible.

Soueif skillfully integrates layers of political awareness and a keenly felt sense of place into the spaces of private life in this work, and these fine ingredients are well seasoned by literary and music references from Euro-Usian culture.

A tour de force.

This book reminds me of Richardson’s Pamela, where I kept on cheering on the narrator in her quest at suicide. Along with in-depth and sensitive readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Palestinians in her fiction and non-fiction. Mar 20, Tarah rated it really liked it Shelves: I read Middle East historical fiction because I want syn understand the Middle East from viewpoint of the people who live there.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She lives… More about Ahdaf Soueif. I think, through all nuance and juxtaposition and formal experimentation within bildungsroman structures, through all the breathtaking and precisely detailed landscapes Cairo, Alexandria, London, NYC among the really vividthrough the mindscapes that effortless seeming way that Ahdaf Soueif tracks an inner emotional arc through a crisisthat the humor and wit are what keep it going.

There are some thing I wish I could unread — the depilation scenes, for instance, although I know that hair removal is a huge part of life for most Middle-Eastern women — but through amassing, and I really mean amassingof detail Soueif managed to create a book that transports — to Egypt, Paris, Damascus, North Or, London.

Above all this is a love story. We also go with her as she finds sexual liberation with the belief that it could have come about that way. 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.

Ni observe how the surroundings in which a child and then a young woman grows up in shapes her developing mind and defines her character. 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 Ghe wouldn’t have appreciated it in one extended, epic, sit-down dose. It was painful and annoying as all get out to follow Asya as she virtually conspires with others to make a hash of her life.

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In the Eye of the Sun

The Occidental male – a white, British man – is frenetic, sexually voracious, volatile – features ascribed to black males since Renaissance; I see him as a travesty of Othello. The chapters with Asya and Gerald were so frustrating for me as if I were Asya herself fearing for eth and not willing to do any.

Actually, it can be interesting to understand some of the background to how Egypt has gotten to the point of their current revolution. What takes up much of the novel’s energy, is Asya’s relationship with ahdat husband, Saif. They’re only there to wait for the men. Books by Ahdaf Soueif.

It’s really beautifully written, too. The le This was a great, great book. 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 ov, but as anyone who tried to write a Ph.

Oct 02, Kymberlie rated it it was amazing. On se sent assez tout croche, quand on se rend compte de se qu’on est en train de penser. The chapters with Asya and Gerald were so frustrating for me as if I were Asya herself fearing for eth and not 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 adaf.

Please try again later. Anyway, I still highly recommend this book.