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The Map of Love I loved this book and I enjoyed reading it so much , I ranked it as 5 even I know that some parts at the beginning may seem boring or confusing because of the multiple narrators the jumping through time back forward , but indeed once I got caught with the protagonists..I simply loved them ,lived with them and shared their joy pain It is a brilliant analysis political , historical ,economical, cultural social of Egypt who is the actual heroine in my opinion within 1 I loved this book and I enjoyed reading it so much , I ranked it as 5 even I know that some parts at the beginning may seem boring or confusing because of the multiple narrators the jumping through time back forward , but indeed once I got caught with the protagonists..I simply loved them ,lived with them and shared their joy pain It is a brilliant analysis political , historical ,economical, cultural social of Egypt who is the actual heroine in my opinion within 100 years , and the focus is on the beginning the end of the 20th century presenting an interesting comparisons among colonial policies effects , contemporary corruption autocratic administration ones it is rare for me to absorb that from a fiction book.Also the novel presents a very touching , romantic a full of passion love story that captured my heart With Her First Novel, In The Eye Of The Sun, Ahdaf Soueif Garnered Comparisons To Tolstoy, Flaubert, And George Eliot In Her Latest Novel, Which Was Shortlisted For Britain S Prestigious Booker Prize, She Combines The Romantic Skill Of The Nineteenth Century Novelists With A Very Modern Sense Of Culture And Politics Both Sexual And International At Either End Of The Twentieth Century, Two Women Fall In Love With Men Outside Their Familiar Worlds In , Anna Winterbourne, Recently Widowed, Leaves England For Egypt, An Outpost Of The Empire Roiling With Nationalist Sentiment Far From The Comfort Of The British Colony, She Finds Herself Enraptured By The Real Egypt And In Love With Sharif Pasha Al Baroudi Nearly A Hundred Years Later, Isabel Parkman, A Divorced American Journalist And Descendant Of Anna And Sharif Has Fallen In Love With Omar Al Ghamrawi, A Gifted And Difficult Egyptian American Conductor With His Own Passionate Politics In An Attempt To Understand Her Conflicting Emotions And To Discover The Truth Behind Her Heritage, Isabel, Too, Travels To Egypt, And Enlists Omar S Sister S Help In Unravelling The Story Of Anna And Sharif S LoveJoining The Romance And Intricate Storytelling Of AS Byatt S Possession And Michael Ondaatje S The English Patient, Ahdaf Soueif Has Once Again Created A Mesmerizing Tale Of Genuine Eloquence And Lasting Importance 6 1006 100. Last fall my wife read about the BBC Fox production of Taboo starring Tom Hardy and an amazing supporting cast What could possibly fail Well, we waited for all the episodes to air and having recorded them sat to binge Along the way I noticed Guardian headlines bemoaning the show My best friend who doesn t believe in dvr dismissed the show as macho mumblecore Still, I harbored hope What an utter waste Taboo proved.So I went to Cincinnati the other day to buy books I found a nice copy and l Last fall my wife read about the BBC Fox production of Taboo starring Tom Hardy and an amazing supporting cast What could possibly fail Well, we waited for all the episodes to air and having recorded them sat to binge Along the way I noticed Guardian headlines bemoaning the show My best friend who doesn t believe in dvr dismissed the show as macho mumblecore Still, I harbored hope What an utter waste Taboo proved.So I went to Cincinnati the other day to buy books I found a nice copy and looked forward to settling down with what had been described by a GR friend as A.S Byatt s Possession in Egypt The weather turned really cold yesterday and I thought why not Well, 516 pages later, I do not understand the parallel There are two story lines, almost a century apart There are journals and letters The troubled travails of Egypt are explored through the casual racism of the British Occupation and the contemporary circa 1999 fears of US Israeli hegemony in the region Most of this is approached obliquely, though the resistance to Mubarak is balanced with fears of the jihadi There are mirrored situations where love conquers all and I felt my chest ache from repetitive sighing This wasn t for me One of my favorite books it has everything you could want romance, Egypt, kidnapping, desserts, stars, England, illigitamate children, brooding academic types, sexy political dissidents, bold women, multi cultural challenges, contemporary politics, turn of the 20th century politics, luxe, fabric, fashion, trunks with old letters, family homes, lattice shiveringly good A finalist for the Booker Prize when it was published in 1999, this novel of love and international politics set in Egypt is also a rich and rewarding mix of postmodern, post colonial, and Victorian era storytelling In the scale of its romantic ambitions, it reminded me often of The English Patient, and it cries out for a similar film adaptation to bring it visually to life Soueif evokes several imaginative worlds, ranging from the Sinai deserts of a century ago to modern day Cairo Narrated A finalist for the Booker Prize when it was published in 1999, this novel of love and international politics set in Egypt is also a rich and rewarding mix of postmodern, post colonial, and Victorian era storytelling In the scale of its romantic ambitions, it reminded me often of The English Patient, and it cries out for a similar film adaptation to bring it visually to life Soueif evokes several imaginative worlds, ranging from the Sinai deserts of a century ago to modern day Cairo Narrated from the point of view of its women characters, her story explores the relationship between the politically driven affairs of men and the sanctuary of home and hearth where women and children live their lives Thus the story traces both the struggle for power and the strongest urges of the heart, a compelling combination.Told mostly in the form of fragments of text journal entries and letters the narrative harks back to the 18th century epistolary novel We also get multiple narrators, mostly filtered through the perspective of its central character, a middle aged woman living in Cairo in the late 1990s The story she tells takes place in the years before WWI and concerns a love affair between an English widow and a wealthy, influential Egyptian man, who is 16 years older, all of it set against the British occupation of Egypt and the impact of European colonialism on a nation with thousands of years of culture and history As the novel shifts to the present, it describes the modern day aftermath of that period of history in the continuing interference of the West in the Middle East and the growth of Islamist and secular extremism that has emerged in response to it Meanwhile, the domestic world of women, bound in its traditions of caring for home and children, continues to guide their energies and concerns and provides sanctuary from the political strife that surges around them.Written in English by an Egyptian born writer, this intricately plotted novel is set in the present and deeply immersed in the past It is both a history lesson and a heart racing romance that walks the fine line between an orientalist perspective and an attitude that represents Egyptians and their culture from their own point of view For example, through discussions of early Jewish settlements in Palestine, the reader gets an Egyptian perspective of historical developments that were to lead to the creation of the state of Israel a half century later A glossary at the back of the book helps with reading through sections of the novel that incorporate Arabic expressions, idioms, and historical references Plan on taking a while to read this book unless you intend to skip over thedemanding parts It evokes a time and a world that is only somewhat familiar, given what we know of it from film and the media, and the book s richness of detail calls for a slowerattentive pace 1906 , ,,,


About the Author: Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif Arabic is an Egyptian short story writer, novelist and political and cultural commentator She was educated in Egypt and England studied for a PhD in linguistics at the University of Lancaster Her novel The Map of Love 1999 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic spea Ahdaf Soueif Arabic is an Egyptian short story writer, novelist and political and cultural commentator She was educated in Egypt and England studied for a PhD in linguistics at the University of Lancaster Her novel The Map of Love 1999 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic speaking readers say they can hear the Arabic through the English Along with in depth and sensitive readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Palestinians in her fiction and non fiction A shorter version of Under the Gun A Palestinian Journey was originally published in The Guardian and then printed in full in Soueif s recent collection of essays, Mezzaterra Fragments from the Common Ground 2004 Soueif has also translated Mourid Barghouti s I Saw Ramallah with a foreword by Edward Said from Arabic into English.In 2007, Soueif was one ofthan 100 artists and writers who signed an open letter initiated by Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism and the South West Asian, North African Bay Area Queers SWANABAQ and calling on the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival to honor calls for an international boycott of Israeli political and cultural institutions, by discontinuing Israeli consulate sponsorship of the LGBT film festival and not cosponsoring events with the Israeli consulate In 2008 she initiated the first Palestine Festival of Literature PalFest Soueif is also a cultural and political commentator for the Guardian newspaper and she has been reporting on the Egyptian revolution In January 2012 she published Cairo My City, Our Revolution a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution


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