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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Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories

It was the only time of the day when she was in touch with the outside world: Apr 18, Nicolette rated it it was amazing. Perhaps it is the fact that my own aging mother is haunted by ridaat own youthful memories and I am terrified of what they have wielded in her that the stories of the older women were so jarring.

These two sentences encapsulate what the book portrays the Arab woman’s Depressing and enlightening, making me pause and reflect, annoying, inspiring me to action She recalls how in the past she attempted to express her desire for sexual satisfaction to her husband which was met in return with denial and anger.

Sometimes she had tried in vain to maintain the rhythmic movements a little longer, but always he would stop her.

What a terrific little book of short stories. Book ratings by Goodreads. By her stories, Biew Rifaat calls for change and development, and even empathy, but the call is couched in specifically Arab terms. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

I should read this book. This is a thin book of clear, honest the book begins with a woman bored and embittered by her husband Have a lovely week Reply. She also attended the British Institute in Cairo from to where she studied English. The lone minaret likely represents the solitude that the female protagonist experiences having resigned to this role. Other titles by African writers from Waveland Press: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.


Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories by Alifa Rifaat

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The protagonist in Bahiyya’s Eyes weeps that she was born a girl, blaming the practice of female circumcision and her arranged marriage for her unhappy life. The stories are all about Egyptians, and so I came into this book with familiarity and understanding. This first paragraph is typical of Rifaat approach to seducing the reader to relating to and advocating for her characters.

Reviewing short story collections is always difficult, even when it’s a collection by a single author, because content and quality can vary so much between stories. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Her directness in treating sexual themes and women’s thinking about them has been called unusual for her time. The meaning I give to it? A widow, she now lives in Cairo with her three children. One of the best books, or short collections, that I have ever read.

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Jun 12, carnovalesque rated it riafat it Shelves: Thanx Jerome Like Like. Like many wonderful short story writers, Rifaat works with a light touch, keeping herself modestly out of her work to let her characters emerge fully into view as believably autonomous.

Do you want to kill me? Again, Rifaat is not concerned with sexual pleasures outside marriage. Views Read Edit View history. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. In her autobiography Fatimah describes her father’s lack of affection towards her as a possible root of her exploration of the needs and desires ailfa men in terms of women.


Distant View of a Minaret: And Other Stories – Alifa Rifaat – Google Books

It reveals plenty about women’s place in Muslim society, which is similar to other Asian societies, such as Cambodia. Her education and a possible future career in art were curtailed when she married – her parents’ alternative to university. Badriyya’s despairing anger at her deceitful husband, for example, or the haunting melancholy of “At the Time of the Jasmine,” are treated with a sensitivity to the discipline and order of Islam.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. A number of the stories in the present book centered on women of the peasant or middle class, og married, living traditionally and devoutly in Islam.

Review – Distant View of A Minaret

Customers who bought this item also bought. In the end the protagonist is dully tifaat at how calm she has remained during and after her husband’s death. Rifaat is exceptional in that she never attended university, had an arranged marriage yet she writes like any other contemporary Western feminist writer.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Yes, the title story and the Kite are my favourites. This book was published in and contains 15 short stories translated from the Arabic.