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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She lives… More about Ahdaf Soueif. The nice thing about actually souief read Tolstoy and Evans it’s been a while since Flaubert, so I won’t take on that is I can comfortably side eye people’s comparisons when necessary.

My City, Our Revolution — a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution We see how this plays out in the Middle East. In Cairo, she has dreamed about London; in London, she has dreamed – in English — about home. The second was the middle eastern setting; Soueif placed her characters against a political background, which made the novel rich and fascinating.

Just a moment while we sign o in to your Goodreads account. Please try again later. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 02, Kymberlie rated it it was amazing. Above all this is a love story. So now I’m finished, and I have to say, I liked this book more when I reading it this summer. Ahdaf Soueif will know that it belongs to her and to the world — a world whose often deadly ahdar she has so wisely and passionately clarified.

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Eyr me this soeif dull mundanity; not only does it create an intimate understanding of and sympathy with our protagonist and reveal her lexic orientation as someone embedded, encamped, engulfed in literature and language, but along with the narration of her and other characters’ thoughts, it builds up a dense, intricate texture that invites the movie reel to roll behind my eyes.

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. I don’t remember my parents ever having so much as a dinner party, and I am too shy to hold one myself, which probably accounts for my insatiable pleasure in reading ths guests and gatherings.


Beautiful in every sense.

The personal plights she faces about desire, sex, love and affection during her growth are stressed by the fact that she lives abroad for a certain period of xhdaf. This book reminds me of Richardson’s Pamela, where I kept on cheering on the narrator in her quest at suicide.

Out of the three key male figures in the novel, two turn out to be completely different than expected. I came out of it floored by the emotional aspects of the novel and as well as feeling as if I’d gained This was incredibly powerful, so much so that at times it made me dizzy. Aug 18, jo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I deeply loved this book. Asya is positioned to see this compulsory heterosexuality as ‘degrading’ and exploitative, but when a man who is attracted to her but happy to keep their dalliance celibate asks her not to let anyone know that they are not sleeping together, she is delighted by the reversal of secrecy compared to Egypt.

Sorry for talking so much: 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 soueuf families.

I chalk fhe 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. A shorter version of “Under the Gun: About In the Eye of the Sun Set amidst the turmoil of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, this vivid and highly-acclaimed novel by an Egyptian journalist ey an intimate look into the lives of Arab women today.

I don’t know what it is about this book but it hurts to finish it. I had forgotten the days when I could blow through pages of a single book without having to gather all that up into something shorter and teh and my own in the aftermath. I felt an almost physical pain when she was describing writing the thesis on something her character was not interested in.


Ahdaf Soueif, born and brought up in Egypt, has lived for long periods in England. I like the way Asya’s life is connected to the world around her. More than anything, this book is about sexual politics in Egypt: The first few hundred pages the novel are quite moving.

Egypt will want to claim this moving, shrewd and often very funny novel as her own, but so will we. If only there had been more attention to less privileged women, no? It’s interesting that Soueif has her unwillingly, laboriously perform a juiceless analysis on this corpus killing the pleasure.

Jun 08, Kristin rated it it was amazing. At times I felt he would become a psycho killer the way you think he’s gone and then he appears in Asya’s bedroom waiting for her. Mar 20, Tarah rated it really liked it Shelves: So come here for the what-its-about.

Then I get mad at how stupid the characters seem. 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.


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There are some tthe I wish I could unread — the depilation scenes, for instance, although I know that hair removal is a huge part of life for most Middle-Eastern women — but through amassing, and I really mean amassingof detail Soueif managed to create a book that transports — to Egypt, Paris, Damascus, North England, London.

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Looking for More Great Reads? It’s really beautifully written, too. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Quotes from In the Eye of the I don’t know This book was recently recommended to me by an Egyptian feminist who said, “Read this book, and you’ll understand everything we go through.