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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In the Eye of the Sun

Jun 29, Catherine rated it it was ok. By tracing her life until adulthood, we get to on Asya as if she was our closest friend; we feel her pain more strongly than we allow ourselves to experience our own. Her novel The Map of Love was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages.

Trivia About In the Eye of the She has the gift of giving life to her characters in spades – Asya never lapses into stereotype or appears a vehicle for authorial point-making.

Does love truely means that two persons should melt inside one being, or should each one souief their own independence or just reach a certain point o I’ve spent 3 months reading this amazing novel.

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. I think that was the point thought. So far this book is amazing!


Inspired by Your Browsing History. But I decided teh rate it as 5 because of Ahdaf that manage so cleverly to prevent me from letting this pages book down before finishing it!!

A tour de force. Middlemarch has that, too, but it doesn’t have transcripts. It’s really beautifully written, too.

Both men are telling her what to do, ahxaf to behave, what to wear, te, directly or indirectly, what she really is like. Egypt will want to claim this moving, shrewd and often very funny novel as her own, but so will we. I like the few parts when we get to read Saif’s thoughts the most. The chapters with Asya and Gerald were so frustrating for me as if I were Asya herself fearing for eth and not willing to do any. Open Preview See a Problem? May 20, Tiffany rated it really liked it.

Although this novel is long, pages fly quickly past as you bury yourself into this heart-breakingly relatable world.

She doesn’t exactly handle her personal circumstances very well, but then again, in real life, we mess up too. After pages of easy reading emotional turmoil I was so involved with the characters I wanted to read on and spend more time with Asya and her generation as they grew older – my hunger to know them better and find out what happened to them only increased, especially Deena, Asya’s generous, politically conscious, brilliant yet worldly science graduate sister, who I liked most of all.

Asya’s situation is thrown into relief by a trip to Italy, in which a very similar traditional sexual conservatism meets an ostensibly ‘permissive’ convention among youth and tourists. Looking for More Great Reads? On se sent assez tout croche, quand on se rend compte de se qu’on est en train de penser.


This makes our journey with Asya into her sexless marriage and the catalogue of little comments and events that make that marriage turn into an otherwise bizarre situation, plausible. Mar 20, Tarah rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about In the Eye of the Sunplease sign up. What takes up much of the novel’s energy, is Asya’s relationship with her husband, Saif.

View all 28 comments. I must say i’ve enjoyed every single word.

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This was incredibly powerful, so much so that at times it made me dizzy. LitFlash The sourif you want at the lowest prices. Through the eyes of an innocent and young student, we see how infatuation and love can create and simultaneously destroy a person.

There were two components to this coming of age story that were fascinating: More than anything, this book is about sexual politics in Egypt: You think he is finally gone, but then he reappears.