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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There are so many of the other characters w I wish Soueif ended the novel where I left off two days ago around page They’re only there to wait for the men. Soueif’s attention to the details of a person’s life, their likes and dislikes, how they interact soueiff others and what makes them tick brings this whole novel to life.

I like the few parts when we get to read Saif’s thoughts the most. I deeply loved this book. Want to Read saving….

I took this as a wry comment on ‘Western’ education as well as futher detailing of Asya’s character ‘this will teach machines to understand metaphor’, she grimly reflects. Ye I deeply loved this book.

Jul 15, Zainab Magdy rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was painful and annoying as all get out to follow Asya as she virtually conspires with others to make a hash of her life. Or when Asya and Saif are in Lebanon during the Civil War although there is a slight factual error there in that the characters are staying at the Phoenicia hotel in Beirut and she says that Israelis live in settlements 30 kilometers away, which is not possible.


Refresh and try again. 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.

In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif

My City, Our Revolution — a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution I must say i’ve enjoyed every single word. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Anyway, I still highly recommend this book. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Asya stays so long with either of the men in the soueiff.

Ahdaf Soueif, born and brought up in Egypt, has lived for long periods in England. 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. Then I get mad at how stupid the characters seem. I like the way Asya’s life tbe connected to the world around her.

In the Eye of the Sun

I had forgotten the days when I could blow through pages of a single book without having to gather all that up into inn shorter and cognizant and my own in the aftermath. Mar 24, Steve Middendorf rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have taken this vast, encyclopedic, sometimes messy, and often gorgeous novel with me on train rides and excursions shdaf the city, and maybe that’s for the best, maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated it in one extended, epic, sit-down dose.

The story flips between life in a sometimes-war-torn and always-in-turmoil Egypt against the rainy and grey and extremely ‘normal’ England. For this work, the length, the gender, the author’s ethnic nationality actually corresponding to the narrated place: As a side effect, women are prevented from articulating and criticising gender oppression that affects them because such critique risks being read and dismissed as internalised imperialism.


But Gerald feels parasitic. Also by Ahdaf Soueif. I read this very long book in about 4 days and could hardly put it down. Jul 20, Pages.

Lists with This Book. By tracing her life until adulthood, we get to know Asya as if she was our closest friend; we feel her pain more strongly than we allow ourselves to experience our own.

And the Egyptians have now and then looked back. I’ve given up on shorter books. I came across this interview with Leila Souief while I was reading the book and the similarity between their actual life and the book sojeif me feel even more involved and happy.

Soueif [is] one ofthe most extraordinary chroniclers of sexual politics now writing. An intelligent, headstrong girl comes of age and wants sexual fulfillment and romantic love with the man of her dreams. Also, Soueif’s politics ahdag are more compelling some of her nonfiction.

Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. Her novel The Map of Love was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages.