Item description for The Open Door by Latifa Al-Zayyat & Marilyn Booth...
The Open Door is a landmark of women's writing in Arabic. Published in 1960, it was very bold for its time in exploring a middle-class Egyptian girl's coming of sexual and political age, in the context of the Egyptian nationalist movement preceding the 1952 revolution. The novel traces the pressures on young women and young men of that time and class as they seek to free themselves of family control and social expectations. Young Layla and her brother become involved in the student activism of the 1940s and early 1950s and in the popular resistance to continued imperialist rule; the story culminates in the 1956 Suez Crisis, when Gamal Abd al-Nasser's nationalization of the Canal led to a British, French, and Israeli invasion. Not only daring in her themes, Latifa al-Zayyat was also bold in her use of colloquial Arabic, and the novel contains some of the liveliest dialogue in modern Arabic literature.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774246985 ISBN13 9789774246982
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More About Latifa Al-Zayyat & Marilyn Booth
Latifa Al-Zayyat (1923-96) struggled all her life to uphold just causes -- national integrity, the welfare of the poor, human rights, freedom of expression, and the rejection of all forms of imperialist hegemony. As a professor of English literature at Ain Shams University, her critical output was no less prolific than her creative writing, but the creative, academic, and political strands of her personality were interwoven. The Open Door is generally recognized as her magnum opus.
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Love Story - modern teenage girl discovers herself Feb 27, 2007
Beautifully written story of an Egyptian girl but applicable to any culture in the way it describes emotions about love and understanding oneself. Even though their culture of parent's selecting the spouse is so foreign to us, still young girls need to knows their own goals and their own personalities, less they be heavily influenced by their "love" when they marry young and then wake up years later thinking they have never really lived.
The idea of "following rules" and expectations of parents versus following one's heart is an important part of Laiyla's journey.
The setting at the time of the Revolution 1952, also provides an understanding of how difficult this time was in the life of the ordinary citizen.