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شيكاجو Despite many shortcomings, I really enjoyed this book The author painted a very nuanced still life on the life of Egyptian emigrants and expats living in Chicago Tolstoy said that all unhappy family are unhappy in their own ways, and same can be said about unhappy dysfunctional countries As a patriot of one such country I can understand the pain and suffering of the people who left, their survivor s guilt, even their enhanced hatred for their homeland The author presented that ambiguity of e Despite many shortcomings, I really enjoyed this book The author painted a very nuanced still life on the life of Egyptian emigrants and expats living in Chicago Tolstoy said that all unhappy family are unhappy in their own ways, and same can be said about unhappy dysfunctional countries As a patriot of one such country I can understand the pain and suffering of the people who left, their survivor s guilt, even their enhanced hatred for their homeland The author presented that ambiguity of emigrant trying desperately to rid himself of the backwardness of their homeland, attempts to fully embrace the new progressive happy ways of their adopted one Some become fervent advocate for the new home, rejecting wholeheartedly the old one Then there are the new expats, not permanent but temporary transfers hoping to use the opportunity to further their studies in US to provide better living back home, or closer to Egypt as in Emirates states The graduate students narrative is the best in the book, closer to full body characters unlike the weak story line on US natives which is ridiculous at times There are the political poet who just uses his tine to earn good degree to provide some income not for science but for poetry writing His narrative is the only first person POV, but I found him not that sympathetic I really liked the shy Egyptian young woman love story, even though it is clearly meant to be a cautionary tale the author is a man after all The duped housewife who found her strength to teach her abusive husband a lesson is another untypical portrait of modern Egyptian woman Some parts of the book are a dark reminder why Egypt, a land blessed with so much beauty and wonderful people, is still suffering and why so many people are struggling to leave In this book, Alaa Al Aswany seems to be responding to what some people have called the American dream which appears in the novel to be, in fact, an American nightmare A while ago, one of work mates was telling me he wished to travel to America where all dreams come true and all the impossible can be rendered possible The characters in this novel had the same thought, and they travelled to America fishing for their dreams They face the severe problem of conflicting cultures they are tota In this book, Alaa Al Aswany seems to be responding to what some people have called the American dream which appears in the novel to be, in fact, an American nightmare A while ago, one of work mates was telling me he wished to travel to America where all dreams come true and all the impossible can be rendered possible The characters in this novel had the same thought, and they travelled to America fishing for their dreams They face the severe problem of conflicting cultures they are totally incapable of getting rid of their culture which someone like Dr Ra fat describes as retarded, but at the same time they cannot fully absorb the American culture This is what Dr Ra fat becomes fully aware of when his daughter decides to leave with her boyfriend and becomes a drug addict The novel seems to open our eyes to the reality of life in America which many people think to be the Heaven on earth Merged review In this book, Alaa Al Aswany seems to be responding to what people have called the American dream which appears in the novel to be, in fact, an American nightmare A while ago, one of work mates was telling me he wished to travel to America where all dreams come true and all the impossible can be rendered possible The characters in this novel had the same thought, and they travelled to America fishing for their dreams They face the severe problem of conflicting cultures they are totally incapable of getting rid of their culture which someone like Dr Ra fat describes as retarded, but at the same time they cannot fully absorb the American culture This is what Dr Ra fat becomes fully aware of when his daughter decides to leave with her boyfriend and becomes a drug addict The novel seems to open our eyes to the reality of life in America which many people think to be the Heaven on earth It s a bit appalling that I haven t written about Chicago by now, because I actually finished it a while ago My reluctance to write has nothing to do with my impression of the book, because I must say, I really liked itthan I expected to Not in a I can t part with this book sort of way, but I really did enjoy it I read some reviews of the book after finishing it and was disappointed to see that it averaged about 3 stars I realize that I have a tendency to looooove most books to g It s a bit appalling that I haven t written about Chicago by now, because I actually finished it a while ago My reluctance to write has nothing to do with my impression of the book, because I must say, I really liked itthan I expected to Not in a I can t part with this book sort of way, but I really did enjoy it I read some reviews of the book after finishing it and was disappointed to see that it averaged about 3 stars I realize that I have a tendency to looooove most books to give out five star ratings and announce that a book was the best one I ve read in a particular year but 3 Come on, people This one s a 4 star er Easily.I gather that a lot of people didn t like it because they expected a lotfrom it that they expected it to be weightier One reader suggested he or she expected it to be similar to an Orhan Pahmuk novel in some way To that reader and to the others, I say POO Dudes, I tried reading one of Pahmuk s I think it was Istanbul and damn if I didn t have to add it to the very short list of books I eventually abandoned before finishing Alaa Al Aswany s Chicago was both fun and significant In a weird way, it resonated with me in a similar manner as my beloved Tales of the City books I say in a weird way because Chicago has nothing to do with homosexuality but there are similarities there nonetheless.Chicago is the story of several Egyptian students and faculty members as well as a couple Americans at the University of Illinois in Chicago hematology program You d think that I would be able to tell you by now what hematology is, but no I am too lazy to look it up But it involves cells and science and, um, stuff.Hi I m a genius Anyway, the book follows the lives of these students and faculty members, alternating story lines in a way that sounds confusing but really isn t It had that same sort of cliffhanger aspect that Tales of the City has just with different unknowns hanging in the balance Will the conservative, veiled Muslim Egyptian woman ditch her society s customs and make out with the nerd ish guy who, until he met her, spent every evening home alone with no social life Will the militant dude who is the head of the Egyptian Student Union or whatever it s called flunk out of school Will the professor who had previously completely renounced his Egyptian heritage or, at least, its customs continue to act like a bonehead about his daughter moving in with her boyfriend What will happen next This is all my way of saying that this was a fun, interesting read And it s not a total soap opera, either it provides a fascinating glimpse into a culture to which I ve otherwise not been exposed Like in a chess game, Dr Al Aswani kills all of the players and keeps the last two not literally He did the same thing in his first novel.If books were rated, I d rate this one R for nudity and sexual scenes.and I m not sure if Dr Al Aswani is obsessed with sexual scenes, or he just enjoys dissecting his characters down to the core exposing every detail of their private moments.For a moment, I thought perhaps the writer took a crash course in psychiatry before writing this novel I was ve Like in a chess game, Dr Al Aswani kills all of the players and keeps the last two not literally He did the same thing in his first novel.If books were rated, I d rate this one R for nudity and sexual scenes.and I m not sure if Dr Al Aswani is obsessed with sexual scenes, or he just enjoys dissecting his characters down to the core exposing every detail of their private moments.For a moment, I thought perhaps the writer took a crash course in psychiatry before writing this novel I was very impressed by his ability to present and explain what was going through the mind of each character With this novel, Dr Al Aswani provides a proof that he can write about anything he wants history, politics, religion, relationships,.etc.What I did not like in this novel 1 Too many main characters.2 Religion the use of Islamic believes and the Quranic verses in a sarcastic way.3 Irony Nagi, who his name means the survival or the rescued one , is full of irony He s Muslim yet he drinks heavily, and doesn t mind seeking a prostitute His best friend is Coptic Christian, and his girl friend is Jewish, and he has strong patriotic feelings towards Egypt At the end he was picked up by the FBI as a terrorist suspect.and I m still not sure why he was the only character who was given the voice of a first person everyone else was as a second or third person.4 Exaggeration Sarah dying of addiction because her parents did not really love each other, and b c her father failed to build a clear inner sense of identity, was a bit hard to absorb Marawa s fantasy with whom am I going to sleep tonight was overbaord but what do I know Probably Dr Al Aswani knows better regarding women s fantasies yet he doesn t seem very well updated with today s celebrities Rushdy Abaza died in 1980, long before G.Bush the father became a president in 1993 So I d imagine that today s 20 30 years old girl would fantasize about someone like Amro Diab,Tamir Hosni, or Hani Salama Carol, a black American who could not find a job, not even as a baby sitter or to walk the dogs, was unrealistic.Still I think Dr Al Aswani worked hard on this novel, and I was impressed.I d like to see him writing his next novel about one or at most two main characters I think Chicago would make a much better movie than a novel In a format like the movie Crash, Chicago follows several parallel story lines that are loosely connected through the university where Egyptian students and expatriates teach and study The biggest flaw with the novel is in the translation written in Arabic and translated into English, the dialogue does not flow naturally Many passages are pedantic and preachy, especially at the start of a new chapter All of that would go away with I think Chicago would make a much better movie than a novel In a format like the movie Crash, Chicago follows several parallel story lines that are loosely connected through the university where Egyptian students and expatriates teach and study The biggest flaw with the novel is in the translation written in Arabic and translated into English, the dialogue does not flow naturally Many passages are pedantic and preachy, especially at the start of a new chapter All of that would go away with a good screenwriter and the stories would shine a little better I thought this book would be a great experience because there are things about it that are very familar But it s too stiff I m not sure if it s the translation, but no americans speak as they do in this book It also lacks depth The female characters are unconvincing Also, Aswany tends to be too hyperbolic example, marshal fields is the best store in all of chicago Lastly, the sex scenes reminded me of smut Sex is fine when it s invoked for a purpose If the goal was shock the result wa I thought this book would be a great experience because there are things about it that are very familar But it s too stiff I m not sure if it s the translation, but no americans speak as they do in this book It also lacks depth The female characters are unconvincing Also, Aswany tends to be too hyperbolic example, marshal fields is the best store in all of chicago Lastly, the sex scenes reminded me of smut Sex is fine when it s invoked for a purpose If the goal was shock the result was cheap All this made me long for someone like Rushdie, whom I recognize is not Egyptian But i guess i d prefer his arduous examinations to superficial observation The best part of chicago was Aswany s physical description of the president, which reminded me of other contemporary despots Pretty goood in fact, the political opinions were pretty interesting A book about Egyptian immigrants and students in Chicago in the beginning of the 21st century.The main characters of the book are postgraduate students in the University of Illinois at Chicago They are confronted with Racial discrimination, conflict between cultures and, most of all the threat of the Egyptian secret intelligence agency that is monitoring the loyalty of the Egyptian citizens in it s corrupt and threatening way.The Egyptian students find themselves in an unfamiliar environment wi A book about Egyptian immigrants and students in Chicago in the beginning of the 21st century.The main characters of the book are postgraduate students in the University of Illinois at Chicago They are confronted with Racial discrimination, conflict between cultures and, most of all the threat of the Egyptian secret intelligence agency that is monitoring the loyalty of the Egyptian citizens in it s corrupt and threatening way.The Egyptian students find themselves in an unfamiliar environment with freedom to do many things that are not acceptable in Egypt They can dress as they want, have open relationships before marriage, criticize the government and generally behave in a way that in Egypt would be considered anti governmental and anti religious This behavior could lead to social damage in Egypt and in many cases actual physical damage or criminal charges While in Chicago they are officially free to behave as they like, they are still monitored and tracked by representatives of the Egyptian government who manage to influence them using various methods that include social threats and threats to them or their loved ones in Egypt In addition they have their personal conflicts with their religious beliefs and there social conservative upbringing This is the second book I read from this author and, as in the other book I read, The Yacoubian BuildingHe walks the thin line between criticism of the regime and it s brutal behavior and love of Egypt, the culture, the society and the Egyptian people While Alaa Al Aswany does not represent all Egyptians, I do believe that he has the courage to talk about many issues that are on the mind of the people and are usually not presented in such a blunt way A great book and a lovely surprise from an unknown author at least unknown by me I am not giving it 5 stars because the end is too abrupt, the story ends prematurely I will surely look forward to Alaa al Aswani s books This book is amazing on its own merits, but the circumstances surrounding my reading of the book are very fortuitous and worth mentioning I spent the first 2 weeks of February in Chicago due to a medical emergency not mine and I ran out of books to read so I bought this one at Borders because it looked interesting Meanwhile, during this time the historic events in Egypt were unfolding As it happens, Chicago is a story of Egyptians in Chicago, and much of it concerns the discontent of thos This book is amazing on its own merits, but the circumstances surrounding my reading of the book are very fortuitous and worth mentioning I spent the first 2 weeks of February in Chicago due to a medical emergency not mine and I ran out of books to read so I bought this one at Borders because it looked interesting Meanwhile, during this time the historic events in Egypt were unfolding As it happens, Chicago is a story of Egyptians in Chicago, and much of it concerns the discontent of those Egyptian citizens regarding the dictatorship The book was first published in October of 2009, but it is perhaps evensignificant today The author isfamous for The Yacoubian Building which I attempted to read and discarded before finishing It was hard to believe it was the same author This book is funny, sad, romantic, sexy, suspenseful, dramatic, and very interesting The story follows several Egyptian professors at a prestigious university and several Egyptian students at that same school Some of the characters have been in the States for 20 30 years, and other just arrived The perspectives of each are so interesting My rating is 4 instead of 5 only because I thought some of the characters endings were contrived It was as if the editors told the author that he had to close out each story without leaving any loose ends Otherwise this was an entertaining and informative book which just couldn t betimely Amazing Ebook, Author This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book , Essay ByIs Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You

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