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Muntaha: A Modern Arabic Novel [Hardcover]

By Hala El Badry (Author)
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Set in the sleepy Egyptian village of Muntaha during the late 1940s, this novel paints a vibrant portrait of rural life in Egypt that is both moving and memorable. Between the turbulent events of 1948 and the final years of the British presence in Egypt, the village's inhabitants find themselves caught up against their will in the swirl of larger world events, although their daily lives, concerns, and beliefs are grounded in the timeless nature of a rural past. Hala El Badry s masterful narrative depicts, in intimate detail, her characters relationships, not only to each other but to the natural environment that surrounds them: from fishing on the Nile and cotton and corn harvests, to chicks raised to be members of the family, crazed bulls, hordes of ravenous locusts, and donkeys and sparrows gone tipsy on overripe fruit. The trials and fortunes of Taha El Musaylihi, the mayor of Muntaha, together with those of his extended family, form the backbone of this tale of real life in the guise of fiction. Confronted with the fear and injustices born of war and foreign occupation, as well as the insecurity of their dependency on Nature and her forces, Taha joins the village farmers in valiant defiance of their British occupiers.

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Studio: AUC Press
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 16, 2006
Publisher   AUC Press
ISBN  9774160053  
ISBN13  9789774160059  

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More About Hala El Badry

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! HALA EL BADRY is deputy editor in chief of Egypt's radio and television magazine. She is the author of four previous novels, including A Certain Woman(AUC Press, 2003), which was awarded the prize for best novel of 2001 at the Cairo International Book Fair.

Hala El Badry has an academic affiliation as follows - Egypt's Radio and Television Magazine.

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Egyptian novelist  Feb 9, 2009
Hala el Badry is a contemporary novelist who has stories to tell us. In this era of conflict between the Mid-East and the West, the Islamic culture and the rest of the world, it is necessary to read these authors and discover the important things that make us different from each other, and those very many things that make us the same.

Muntaha is a story of a rural village and it's wealthiest family--"wealthiest" being a relative term here. It takes place during the years of WWII and after, when British imperialism was definitely on the wane and communism and the reign of King Farouk were on the rise. It is full of beautiful poetic imagery and also euphemisms to indicate the intimate. There is a certain beauty in that, given the penchant for so much to be graphic in the West. None of the tale is straightforward leaving us to work a bit and find the warp and weft of this place and time ourselves. A good book to read for literary content, but also a good book to read to learn about the "other", which is most important today.

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