Download e-book for iPad: America in an Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic by K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla

By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla

ISBN-10: 023012058X

ISBN-13: 9780230120587

ISBN-10: 0230620353

ISBN-13: 9780230620353

ISBN-10: 0312299311

ISBN-13: 9780312299316

This wonderful anthology provides for the 1st time in English shuttle essays by way of Arabic writers who've visited the USA within the moment half the century. The view of the US which emerges from those debts is without delay attention-grabbing and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from a number of viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the USA another way interact and revise Arab pre-conceptions of american citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every little thing from the unchanging different, the very antithesis of the Arab self, to the seductive lady, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.

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The next sentence will drag the answer out of his mouth even if he tries to resist. So what does he do? This was the first time in his life not only to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with a prostitute, but also to converse with one. In his own country and during his many travels he came across many women, amateur and professional types, who would offer themselves to him, either for gifts or for money. But in all cases they were shy, sensitive. Once the signs of rejection appeared on his face, either they immediately left him alone, looked to the side, looked for another customer, or even just stood up and left the place.

Four years ago we Egyptians saw a horror movie based on his novel, The Shining . . This is what had happened in three major cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Long Beach) that night: major fires, shootings, a wild party of 100,000 men, women, and children on Hollywood Street. . In fact, things got out of hand and the revelers went on a rampage and damaged windows of stores and looted stocks of wine and beer. A young woman was raped in the melee and three policemen were injured and taken to the hospital.

Or you may go to a disco and meet a wealthy lady who’ll like you and marry you and you E 32 America in an Arab Mirror will become a millionaire, as it has happened to some men. ” My answer is:“I wish I did while I was living in New York for so many years. ” My Experiences in America Excuse me, dear reader, for writing you an entire passage on the experiences I have had in America. I lived in New York, the city that is deafening, annoying, scary, and beautiful all at the same time. It is also the city that welcomed me at the beginning of my life, a life that was full of misery, misfortune, tears, and sighs.

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