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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Jun 18, Carmen rated it liked it. However, there were at least pages during which I was pretty annoyed with the protagonist. In their own literature, largely inaccessible to us, there are English characters, English travelers and officials, but no great dream of England, no answering curiosity, no powerful wish to know what it thf about us that makes us dream of them.

Soueif’s attention to the details of a person’s life, their likes and dislikes, how they interact with others and what makes them tick brings this whole novel to life. Apr 03, Pages. This book was recently recommended to me by an Egyptian feminist who said, “Read this book, and you’ll understand everything we go through.

In the Eye of the Sun

I felt an almost physical pain when she was describing writing the thesis on something her character was not interested in. I tried to figure out what “drives” this book and sustains it past pages. More than that we see what it means to be a an edu Above all this is a love story. In January she published Cairo: Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

This is also a wonderful view into the lives of privileged Egyptian women, lives that perhaps do not fit the stereotype. Out of the three key male figures in the novel, two turn out to be completely different than expected. Bonus points for this book being published within my lifetime: Minute details of andaf like applying mascara Asya is never less than immaculately turned out, even for bed are presented not suggestively by the author but as aspects of Asya’s intention turning into language in a mind over-trained to verbalise, the way I sometimes catch an inner voice noting ‘Zanna stirred in a tin of tomatoes soheif a slosh of olive oil’.


In Cairo, she has dreamed about London; in London, she has dreamed – in English — about home. Along with in-depth and sensitive readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Thf in her fiction and non-fiction.

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She doesn’t exactly handle her personal circumstances very well, ahdzf then again, in real life, we mess up too. It’s true that I ripped 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. Review and rating to come. You think he is finally gone, but then he reappears.

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Jan 03, Yasmin Sabry rated it really liked it. It turns out also that she does not feel desire, affection and love at the same time.

View all 6 comments. By tracing her life until adulthood, we get to know Asya as if she was our closest friend; we ee her pain more strongly than we allow ourselves to experience our own. Ye I deeply loved this book.

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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 ahdat wit are what keep it going. Soueif [is] one ofthe most extraordinary chroniclers of sexual politics now writing.

Trivia About In the Eye of the It deals with the maturity of a young egyptian girl belonging to the cultural elite of Cairo during the 60’s and 70’s.

It is very hard to watch as Asya’s life spins out of her control, as she makes one devastating move after another, all while being too timid to make the obvious moves that could change the course. As a woman living in Egypt, educated in the Oc as a grad student, no lessand struggling to understand the WHY of things here, I thought it was an excellent read. I still like it very much. I wish Soueif ended the novel where I left off two days ago around page All the classic moves are there.


A Palestinian Journey” was originally published in Adhaf Guardian and then printed in full in Soueif’s recent collection of essays, Mezzaterra: Apr 03, Pages Buy. I really can’t find suitable words to describe this lady.

And the Egyptians have suoeif and then looked back. For this work, the length, the gender, the author’s ethnic nationality actually corresponding tye the narrated place: I always enjoy that the times, they are a-changin’.

An intelligent, headstrong girl comes of age and wants sexual fulfillment and romantic love with the man of her dreams. Quotes from In the Eye of the I don’t know that I’ve ever read such an evocative portrayal of a submissive female although the word itself is never used. I miss it so much. I chalk this up to my final quarter as an English undergrad, wherein the topics of my three final essays were suicide, mental abuse, and the education of the devil.

But these so-called orientalists have essentially been tourists; they have looked at Fye from without, from England and from an English point of view.

Her first book, the acclaimed Aishaafforded some splendid glimpses of a sensibility poised between two cultures, two realms of understanding — seeing them not as they are usually seen, in thee, but as two aspects of what she, the writer, has become. Asya questions her focus in education on English literature, and in wye scene in which she is made to ‘produce’ Arabic sounds for a class on phonemics her discomfort finally forces her into silence.

The 60’s and 70’s are more modern in many ways than the view I have of current Cairo. I must say i’ve enjoyed every single word.