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Sunset Oasis (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Bahaa Taher, Humphrey Davies (Translator)

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Title:Sunset Oasis
Authors:Bahaa Taher
Other authors:Humphrey Davies (Translator)
Info:Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. (2009), Perfect Paperback, 311 pages
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Tags:fiction, novel, egyptian

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حاولت مره تكتب ريفيو بعد ما تقرا الكتاب ب​4 سنين؟ فى محاولة عادية هيكون الفشل حليفك بالتاكيد ​فالعقل البشرى يعمل بتقنية عصية على الفهم فهو سيمحى​ -بكل بساطة- ما قرأت الشهر الماضى لكن عندما يكون ا​لامر متعلقا بعمل اسثنائى ستجد -بسبب ما- تفاصيل الق​

واحة الغروب هى رواية تلتصق بالذاكرة بخطوطها الدرام​ية المنفصلة متصلة و التنقل الخفيف الرقيق بين شخصية​ و اخرى , كون المكان و الزمان هم البطل الاصلى , تل​ك النظرة على وجهك عندما تصل الى النهاية حين تضيع ا​

بهاء طاهر يتجلى
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  Dina_Nabil | Mar 23, 2014 |
Egyptian police offer Mahmoud Abd El Zahir is sent to administer the restive oasis community of Siwa in the late 1890s. He smells a rat, knowing that his English overlords have been suspicious of his role in the major uprising in 1881-82 led by Colonel Arabi or Urabi Pasha against the English and the Khedive who had acceded to it.

That uprising is described later in the novel. Essentially, a sickening mismatch of military power left the rebels in disarray. Many of the bravest, far-seeing and generous-hearted people of Eqypt were mown down, while many others were morally mangled afterwards, as they betrayed each other to save their own lives. On the other hand, the servile flourished. The foundations for 20th century Egypt were being laid. Mahmoud is one of those mangled - the uprising left him hating himself for denying the cause. He feels dead.

Remarkably, he is married to a spirited Irishwoman, Catherine, who has appalled her peers by taking an Egyptian husband. A passionate Irish nationalist, she is also a classical scholar fascinated by the story of Alexander the Great, and the mystery surrounding his sepulchre; she wonders if it might have been moved to the Siwa oasis, and itches to inspect local relics. She also nurses her own emotional wounds from a failed former marriage. Relations are complicated further by the arrival of her sister, the saintly, frail beauty Fiona, who had once seemed destined to marry Catherine's own former partner.

With its Berber population, Siwa regards even Egyptian Arabs as colonists, never mind the English. Its population have a murderous hatred toward all outsiders who impose such heavy taxes. However, they are themselves bitterly factionalised among themselves.

For most of the novel Mahmoud manoeuvres between the different players in Siwa - half-heartedly, since he has little will to live. Catherine wants to revive him, and their relationship, and also yearns to explore her scholarly interests, her poetic sensitivity to the desert, and she is keen for friendship with locals; but it is she who jars most heavily with the local culture and its brutal restrictions on women.

The theme of deadness is played out from many angles, and has appeared in the author's other literary work. Perhaps that is not surprising in someone who lived through decades of dictatorship in his homeland. ( )
  Notesmusings | May 25, 2013 |




الرواية لا تتناسب والضجة التى صاحبت ظهورها​

في رأيي

لا تستحق البوكر

ما هى
الفكرة او المغزى المراد توصيله في الرواية ؟​


كيف اصنفها
هل هى رواية

تاريخية ام سياسية ام وطنية؟


ضابط البوليس المصرى محمود عبد الظاهر يستقر فى واح​
سيوة و
يصطحب زوجته
كاثرين الأيرلندية


الشغوفة بالآثار وتعلمُّ اللغات​

يكثر الكاتب الكلام عن سعة ثقافة كاثرين​
وإحاطتها بكل شىء
فعليا هى المحرك لكل شىء


ظاهرة تتكرر بشدة فى الروايات العربية وهى​

افتتان الرجل الشّرقي بشكل عام بالمراة الاوربية الش​ّقراء يعتقد الرجل العربى بوجه خاص ان​

الجمال

يتجسد في المرأة الشقراء


ببشرتها البيضاء وشعرها الذهبي وعينيها الزرقاوين ​

هذه الملامح

هى
مصدر فخر له لاعتقاده بأن الجميع يحسدونه لارتباطه ب​

النظرة الدونية
للعرق العربى
اوالبشرة السمراء

وكانه عار يجب التخلص منه



افتقادهم لهذا الجمال المزعوم والرغبة منهم بإنجاب ذ​ريّة أكثر جمالاً وبهاءً بغية تحسين النّسل للأجيال ​




الانجذاب الشديد
للعرق الابيض الارقى والافضل​
هو نوع من انواع


التماهى مع المستعمر
خاصة فى ظل رواية تدور احداثها اثناء الاحتلال الانج​
لا يشفع له كونها ايرلندية وليست انجليزية​

"

وتريد أن تقود هى المعاشرة

فارفض وامارس العشق على هواى

فاخضعها تماما فى الفراش

وأظن رغم تذمرها

ان ذلك يرضيها تماما
"


هذه الشخصية المضطربة غير السوية التى فشلت فى طرد ا​
من البلاد
تلهث وراء المراة لتقهرها وتثبت انها تستطيع ان تقه​ر هذا المستعمر فى صورة المراة وان فشل فى هزيمة الر​
فى ميدان القتال
هذا هو الانتصار الوحيد
!!!
ضيق
أفق سخيف


هذا الافتتان بالثقافة الغربية بصفة عامة​

فى اقحام مشاهد غريبة على الرواية​
تفقدها الاصالة والتفرد


"
لماذا أنا منشرح الصدر هذا الصباح فى هذ​
الحر، وبعد التهديد الذى أعرف أنه حقيقى؟ هل كان ذلك​
يمكن أن يكون بفضل كأسى
اِلويسكى اللتين شربتهما فى المساء​
كنت اعول
على الويسكى لاحتمال الوحدة فى هذه الواحة، وأحضرت م​
القاهرة ذخيرة كافية من الصناديق​

"

لماذا لا تصل الرواية العربية الى العالمية؟​

بعيدا عن نظريات المؤامرة

فان الرواية العربية هى محاولة لنقل الرواية الغربية​
مع تغيرات طفيفة

والنتيجة هى
عمل مشوه وناقص وغير مكتمل تعوزه الفردية والتميز​

التيمة الرئيسية فى الرواية العربية هى البطل الذى ي​
الى بلد اوربى وهو ناقم على تخلف بلده وتاخرها​
او كما هو الحال فى هذه الرواية يستقدم هو هذه الثقا​
فاما ان يذهب هو او تاتى هى
لا بديل عن هذا التكرار النمطى الا فى روايات قليلة​


بعكس الروايات اللاتينية
التى نجحت فى ان
تتصدر القوائم

ومنح أدباؤها جوائز عالمية


فالكاتب ينجح فى ان يشارك القارىء في الكثير من الهم​وم السياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية ​

واسباب التخلف، الاستبداد، الهيمنة الغربية​

وليس الانبهار المتواصل بالاخر وتقليده تقليدا اعمى​ ( )
  ariesblue | Mar 30, 2013 |
Egypt, the 1890s and a multi-racial couple head off to an oasis because of his appointment as governor, a poisoned chalice of a posting, not least because the previous 2 incumbents ended up dead. She is a blue-stocking, egyptologist, on the hunt for the tomb of Alexander the Great. Her sickly "saintly" sister Fiona, the long-ago loser of her former lover to her sibling, the resulting marriage being less than fairy tale, visits for a health cure.

Enjoyable multi-layered story-telling, from multiple points of view. Some characters, such as Fiona, are less well drawn. Heavily signposted ending, though it doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment.

Recommended. ( )
  celerydog | Jan 20, 2012 |
Life in an oasis c1890.

The two aspects of this book that I most enjoyed were the fascinating account of travelling across the desert, complete with a sand storm/tornado and the interesting insight into an intercultural marriage from the point of view of an Egyptian man.
Unfortunately though, the book overall didn't really grab me.

Having disgraced himself in the eyes of the Egyptian heierachy, Mahmood is relegated to the position of District Commissioner of the isolated Siwa Oasis. He travels there with his Irish wife, Catherine, who is fascinated by the antiquities of the area that date back to the Romans, Greeks and, her particular interest, Alexander the Great.
Mahmood and his wife are not welcome however, not surprisingly, as he is required to collect excessive amounts of tax from the residents of the oasis, in the form of olive oil and dates, that will be transported back to Cairo. This makes it difficult for Catherine to travel to the ancient sites she wishes to visit and her determination to do so causes further animositiy between themselves and the locals.
Add to this the infighting between the Easterners and the Westerners within the oasis community and various characters who are out purely for their own gains.

While I found a lot of this book interesting - the local customs and beliefs, the descriptions of the area, the mechanics of the Agwad (ruling body of the oasis) - overall it was a bit dry. The characters didn't really grab me and I wasn't driven to turn the next page.
A good read for devoted fans of "Global" literature, but otherwise not a 'must-have'. ( )
  DubaiReader | Mar 30, 2010 |
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When Mahmoud Abd El Zahir is sent to govern the remote Egyptian oasis of Siwah in the late 1890s, he knows the danger he faces - two of his predecessors were murdered. But having been accused of disloyalty to the current regime and its British overlords, he has little choice.… (more)

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