Comments: 5
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Not that bad actually. And it became a lot clearer at the end that the "romance" plot was just a smokescreen for what the story was really about. I would not mind reading more by Aboulela to see if this was a one-off or if her other plots carry a similar subplot.

Oh, and her description of family life in Khartoum, and the differences between Khartoum and Cairo, in 1952(ish) were really good. It made me sink into it. It also surprised me, probably unfairly, to see her characters being complex. Most of them anyway. And I got a real sense of the struggle, or interaction rather, between tradition and "progress" from the story. I would recommend it overall...probably.
That does sound more promising after all ...

It also sounds a bit like Mahfouz's "Cairo Trilogy"? (Though that one begins a lot earlier, of course.)
BrokenTune 2 years ago
I've not read that one. Any good?
I loved the first book -- the next two ones, not quite so much. Definitely eye-opening, though.