By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This distinctive anthology provides for the 1st time in English trip essays by means of Arabic writers who've visited the United States within the moment half the century. The view of the United States which emerges from those bills is without delay interesting and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from quite a few viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the USA another way interact and revise Arab pre-conceptions of american citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every thing from the unchanging different, the very antithesis of the Arab self, to the seductive girl, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.
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My American friend informed me of all this as he presented his excuses for this embarrassing and difficult situation I was in now. Thinking about my future occupied me day and night. I did not sleep. I cried, “What shall I do? Should I commit suicide? My belief in God forbids me from thinking about committing suicide. ” I went out of my room in the youth hostel crying. I walked in the street until I found a cafeteria. I walked in and sat on one of the seats in the room as tears kept pouring out of my eyes.
The man is presumably the writer and the reclining figure stands for the women he came to know and with whom he had sexual liaisons. entered my hotel room and took my clothes off. As I was about to go to bed, there was a knock on the door. ” “Sammy, this is Liza. ” I Liza lay in bed beside me. It was so hot and humid. Liza got up to go to the bathroom, a minute later she came back to lie beside me. This was the first time I managed to have a good look at Liza. Her eyes were pitch black, glittering in the dark with certain energy, warmth, kindness, and passion.
He studied law at Cairo University and economics at the Sorbonne. His book, America for Sale, has on its cover a picture of an American cowboy with the typical hat, bandana, boots, and a cigarette dangling from his mouth. Some of the topics covered in America for Sale are: New York as the city of freedom and vagabondage, American television, the Kennedys, American farms, the bitterness of exile, and Disneyworld. [Observations about life in America] • It is said that a few people immigrated to America in search of God, but the overwhelming majority of immigrants came in search of gold.
America in an Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature: An Anthology 1895–1995 by K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla