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 don’t know what it is about this book but it hurts to finish it. She discovers through a quite nerve-wracking process that she does not identify herself with the path that her family has already designed for her.

Stay in Touch Qhdaf up. Literature like this is a sure antidote to nuance-free notions about Egyptian women. There are some thing I wish I could unread — the depilation scenes, for instance, although I know soeuif 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 England, London.

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Ye I deeply loved this book. I came out of soieif floored by the emotional aspects of the novel and as well as feeling as if I’d gained This was incredibly powerful, so much so that at times it made me dizzy. Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic-speaking readers say they can hear the Arabic through the English.


The lead character Asya is vain and given audaf over-analysing situations, as well as coming across as more than a little self obsessed. 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 bit. I’ve given up on ths books.

The particular patriarchy of Asya’s social context delays her love marriage, apparently destructively, but I felt that the couple’s problems went much deeper. She is modern and free, while at the same time, a passive victim. Sep ths, Debbie rated it really liked it. 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.

On a envie de se retourner contre la victime pour lui dire de se ressaisir. The hostility towards Palestinians and social class dynamics in Egyptian society are illuminated through relationships seen from female perspectives.

However, there were at least pages during which I was pretty annoyed with the protagonist. Jul 28, Nathan “N. Oddly, though, I found myself unable to put this book down, which is a feat considering that it is a thick tome that inspires thoughts of what paraphernalia I might be able to hide within its covers given a sharp X-acto knife and some paper-cutting skills.

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We observe how the surroundings in which a child and then a young woman grows up in shapes her developing mind and defines her character. Except Asya doesn’t really attempt suicide.

In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif

But these so-called orientalists have essentially been tourists; they have looked at Egypt from without, from England and from an English point of view. But those become increasingly rare as the novel progresses.

ahadf Her husband seems to be a bit of an S. The story flips between life in a sometimes-war-torn and always-in-turmoil Egypt against the rainy and grey and extremely ‘normal’ England. The book is quite long and sometimes I have felt frustrated by the lack of congruence of its main characters.

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There’s also the whole “Modern Egyptians aren’t real Egyptians” spiel being laid to rest in a wonderfully lengthy and comprehensive way. She doesn’t exactly handle her personal circumstances very well, but then again, in real life, we mess up too. Mar 20, Tarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Here, a woman who grows up among the Egyptian elite, marries a Westernized husband, and, while pursuing graduate study, becomes embroiled in a love affair with an uncouth Englishman.

How can a book so strongly character-centred, plot-driven, personal, have left me with such a yearning for a place changed and a time passed? This device allows her to inform a wider English-speaking audience, likely to have limited awareness of these histories or the Egyptian perspective on them, of events that impinge on the lives of the characters, without having the cast spout exposition – they can discuss events and their effects quite naturally.


Asya is positioned to see this compulsory heterosexuality as ‘degrading’ and exploitative, but when a man who is attracted to her but happy to keep their dalliance celibate asks her not to let anyone know that they are not sleeping together, she is delighted by the reversal of secrecy compared to Egypt. Jun 19, Hadeel Mashhour rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could see the amazing Radwa Ashour and her struggle marrying a Palestinian So far this book is amazing!

A tour de force. Sorry for talking so much: I think, through all nuance and juxtaposition and forma 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. I must say i’ve enjoyed every single word.