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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Asya questions her focus in education on English literature, and in rhe scene in which she is made to ‘produce’ Arabic sounds for a class on phonemics her discomfort finally forces her into silence. However,I have stuck to it till the end, and for this reason I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.

I always enjoy that the times, they are a-changin’. The men in Asya’s life seem to be emotionally, if not mentally, disturbed. This was the first book I ever read about the Middle East, written by an Arab author.

Apr 16, Sara Salem rated it it was amazing. All the classic moves are there. It’s really beautifully written, too.

Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic-speaking readers say they can hear the Arabic through the English. Yes, painful and beautiful, to gripping to put down.

In the Eye of the Sun

Lists with This Book. Along with in-depth and sensitive readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Palestinians in her fiction and non-fiction.


Feb 14, Sarah rated it it was amazing. The Occidental male – a white, British man – is frenetic, sexually voracious, volatile – features ascribed to black males since Renaissance; I see him as a travesty of Othello. As a woman living in Egypt, educated in the West as a grad student, no lessand hadaf to understand the WHY of things here, I thought it was an excellent read. I like the way Asya’s life is connected to the world around her.

In the Eye of the Sun: Ahdaf Soueif: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Soueif skillfully integrates layers of political awareness and a keenly felt sense of place into the spaces of private life in this work, and these fine ingredients are well seasoned by literary and music references from Euro-Usian culture. Yet although I was frequently irritated out of my senses, I was never, ever bored. Also, Soueif’s politics here are more compelling some of her nonfiction. Here is a very interesting reviewbut it has spoilers http: Events in Eygpt and around the Middle East are interwoven with the life story of the main character, Asya, and her family and friends.

How can a book so strongly character-centred, plot-driven, personal, have left me with such a yearning for a place changed and a time passed? Here, a woman who grows up among the Egyptian elite, marries a Westernized husband, and, while pursuing graduate study, becomes embroiled in a love affair with an uncouth Englishman.

Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. Mar 24, Steve Middendorf rated it it was amazing Shelves: The relationships between the sexes.


So come here for the what-its-about. This book was like sitting a PhD on Egyptian history and aydaf In Cairo, she has dreamed about London; in London, she has dreamed – in English — about home. Above all this is a love story.

This book is rather a little like a Henry Hadaf novel – it is a novel about Egyptians being Egyptian outside Egypt – transplanted to a different soil, they take their conditioning, woueif, repressions with them, and play out their dramas far from the protective net of their families.

Depth and complexity arise from the fact that restrictions on love relationships are firm in an otherwise rather open, cosmopolitan society and among a social class whose relationship to tradition is inflected by privileged access to career choices, higher education and global travel.

She is like the most underrated Egyptian author I have come across so far. I think that was the point thought. May 20, Tiffany rated it really liked it.

However, there were at least pages during w So far this book is amazing! We see the humiliation of the war with Israel, the relationship with the Palestinians, the politics of peace process with Sadat and we see the people withstand the crushing weight of a repressive political regime.