Distant View of a Minaret opens with a husband and wife performing the act of intercourse. The story is told from the. Distant View of a Minaret by Alifa Rifaat, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. This collection of short stories admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque. The book provides accounts of death, the lives.

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Realistic stories of life Arab women. Do you have a favourite among all the 15 stories? It’s oddly dispassionate and not at all what I expected to read in a Middle Eastern Muslim woman author’s work. I have nominated you for the versatile bloggers award, for instructions on how to accept please check: Alifa Rifaat’s husband died in Thanks for the sprinkles, I receive them with joy.

If you come to these stories as a feminist as I amyou’ll leave with those values reinforced, because Rifaat does such a wonderful job conveying the realities of her characters’ lives. Distant View of a Minaret CL first read: Look at that horrible place!

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In this story, the woman who is married has a sexual relationship with the djinn when it appears in two forms — as a snake, then as a woman. Apr 11 69 Jan 13, Simply written, it sucks you into the scene so that you are one with the character, living their life. Depressing and enlightening, making me pause and reflect, annoying, inspiring me to action Her style, though focusing more on romance in the beginning of her career, later shifted to social critique after she met translator Denys John-Davies.


Not in the sense of writing manners and marriage, but in the sense of writing about the quiet things, in the sense of being able to do so much with a simple turn rifaatt phrase of a sentence. I really enjoyed this book! Revelatory moments develop quietly, through the making of a cup of tea, staring out an apartment window, or caring for chicks on a sunny day.

When the woman and her husband move into a house the wife discovers a female jinni in the form of a snake who teaches her the height of sexual pleasure. Inafter facing a minaaret illness, Alifa’s husband allowed her once more to write and publish her work.

Jul 24, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: What this entails is left for the reader to assume, given our superior Western understanding and access to the great!

She also attended the British Institute in Cairo from to where she studied English. The meaning I give to it? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


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Most of Rifaat’s female protagonists take a resigned or begrudgingly accepting stance towards the hardships they face in life. Her writing articulates a subtle revolt against, and a sympathetic insight into, the place of women in the essentially male-dominated Islamic environment. Vulnerability is not where one might expect it to lay hidden. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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She tells her daughter that although the doctor’s diagnosis attributes her loss of sight to natural causes and tells her she can be treated with medication she knows that it is instead due to all of the tears she has cried because of her life as a woman. Two of the stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

While her stories ring true, it became wearying to read one vignette after another about a woman who hates her life. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.