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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. For me, it meant taking refuge in the jargon of academia and politics when I could, a few stellar scenes such as the real time translation of Arabic oral poetry and the meditation on colonialism and the arts, as well as the general ease in which the story worked its way across the complexities of Egypt, the Middle East, and the world at large, making it worthwhile.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The oppression is always greener on the other side More than anything, this book is about sexual politics in Egypt: She knows us as we cannot know her. Jun 29, Catherine rated it it was ok. I think it’s a fantastic window into the lives of women in the contemporary Middle East, and in particular, the choices they are faced with vis-a-vis marriage, sex, and love.

I’ve given up on shorter books. Published April 3rd by Anchor first published There are times when I really don’t like the format that the author is using.

In the Eye of the Sun

However, my semester started before I could finish, so I’ll be in suspense until December. I had forgotten the days when I could blow sunn pages of a single book without having to gather all that up into something shorter and cognizant and my own in the aftermath.

Specifically, the mental abuse ajdaf 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. 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.


What takes up much of the novel’s energy, is Asya’s relationship with her husband, Saif. I like the way Asya’s life is connected to the world around her. The book is quite long and sometimes I have felt frustrated by the lack of congruence of its main characters.

It’s true that I tye through 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. In In the Eye of the Sunwe get not merely glimpses but a steady, shaped unfolding: Aug 18, jo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There are so many of the other characters whose stories drop off so that eventually the novel focuses thw on Asya and her English lover Gerald Stone, which makes me lose interest because Stone is a rather obnoxious character.

I came out of it floored by the emotional aspects of the novel and as well as feeling as if I’d gained This was incredibly powerful, sojeif much so that at times it made me dizzy. There are so many of the other characters w I wish Soueif ended the novel where I left off two days ago around page Undoubtedly one of the attractions of sin book is the aesthetic and recreational variety of the lifestyle the family enjoys: Praise “Something of a landmark…a bold and important work.

Egypt will want to claim this moving, shrewd kn often very funny novel as her own, but so will we.

Except Asya doesn’t really attempt suicide. For me the key moment was when Asya listed the suoeif Saif disliked about her – they were core aspects of her very style of being; they were the things I adored about her. All the classic moves are there. But I decided to rate it as 5 because of Ahdaf that manage so cleverly to prevent me from letting this pages book soufif before finishing it!! Women in Asya’s life negotiate diverse situations, make diverse choices, and manage the consequences.

The 60’s and 70’s are more modern in many ways than the view I have of current Cairo.


We also go with her as she finds sexual liberation with the belief that it could have come about that way. Quotes from In the Eye of the More than that we see what it means to be a an edu Above all this is a love story.

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On a envie de se retourner contre la victime pour lui aheaf de se ressaisir. Here is a very interesting reviewbut it has spoilers http: I tried to figure out what “drives” this book and sustains it past pages.

Jul 20, Pages. 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.

So where should start from?! Agdaf novel tells the story of Asya, growing up amongst the Egyptian elite in Cairo. Apr 03, Pages Buy. Aug 22, L rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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I was totally absorbed in the beginning of this book. This book is rather a little like a Henry James novel – it is a novel about Egyptians being Egyptian outside Egypt – transplanted to a different soil, they take their conditioning, education, repressions with them, and play out their dramas far from the protective net of their families. I don’t know what it is about this book but it hurts to finish it. 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.

Jul 20, Pages Buy. I always enjoy that the times, they are a-changin’.