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The View from Garden City: A Novel

by Carolyn Baugh

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This book was an excellent narrative of the stores of several women living in the Garden District of Cairo prior to the uprisings in Egypt. I read it in high school and return to their stories over and over again as helping me to understand women in Egypt better. ( )
  jeterat | Oct 5, 2016 |
I think this book was written very well. It was easy to read with incredibly vivid descriptions. However, I felt like the moral of the stories about many of the woman in this book was that "it's ok to settle." The author seemed to be telling us that settling for whatever comes along is the way to contentment, rather than looking for what we truly want in life. ( )
  Shannon29 | Jun 25, 2015 |
This is another book on the lives of Muslim women. I have read a few but I liked the way this story was told.
It tells the story through the eyes of a young American student living in the Garden City district of Cairo. She has come to learn Arabic but she learns much more from the Egyptian women she meets, first Huda and her mother and grandmother and secondly women in the apartment block where she lives. She learns of inflexible traditons, of arranged marriages, of secret romances that last a lifetime, and of the bonds within families between mothers and daughters and fathers and daughters. The characters were interesting, appealing, you could feel empathy for their situations and I liked the way the story was written. Worth a read. ( )
  kiwifortyniner | Jan 24, 2009 |
Can almost see, smell, breathe the dust of Cairo, hear the clamor, feel the pain ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765316579, Hardcover)

Author Carolyn Baugh tells the moving story of a young American student living in the Garden City district of Cairo. Having come to study Arabic, she learns far more from the Egyptian women, young and old, she meets within the swirl and tumult of Garden City. Living, loving, and flourishing amid the fierce inflexibility of tradition, these women reveal a fascinating world of arranged marriages, secret romances, and the often turbulent bonds between four generations of Arab mothers and daughters.

Meet the women of Garden City:

Huda, who waited desperately for the man she loved until she could wait no longer
Karima, who found her husband in a collapsing post-war world
Afkar, who paid a dreadful price for her freedom
Selwa, who suffered through the deaths of her children
Yusriyya, who left her native village for a new life in the city
Samira, who loved a man who was not hers

Rich with the sights and sounds of modern Egypt, The View from Garden City lifts the veil of privacy to explore the stunning inner strength of women torn between their dreams for the future and the sacrifices women must make in a world of harsh realities.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:50 -0400)

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A young American student living in the Garden City district of Cairo has come to study Arabic and learns far more from the Egyptian women, young and old, she meets within the swirl and tumult of Garden City. Living, loving, and flourishing amid the fierce inflexibility of tradition, these women reveal a fascinating world of arranged marriages, secret romances, and the often turbulent bonds between four generations of Arab mothers and daughters. A deeply moving story of mothers and daughters, in the tradition of "The Joy Luck Club."… (more)

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