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Recently installed in Cairo as a freelance journalist and expat barfly, Hugh Miles soon meets and falls in love with Roda, a beautiful Egyptian doctor, who introduces him to Egypt's favourite pastime, the card game tarneeb, to her all-female card circle, and to a previously unseen side of life in the Middle East's greatest city. While the women cut and shuffle, Miles listens to their stories and learns about what it means to be a young Muslim woman, dating, dieting and divorcing in a country where traditional Islamic values are in the ascendant. Yosra struggles with an addiction to prescription drugs; Nadia copes with a baby and an abusive husband; neighbour Reem comes to terms with plastic surgery gone wrong; while her sister attempts to conceal her secret love-marriage from her family and to breathe life into a clothes shop run by a regime apparatchik with an Islamist vision of retail. Hugh Miles takes a fascinating sideways look at the lives of young Egyptians, and finds himself on a romantic adventure that will lead him to Islam and bind him to the Arab world for ever.

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  • ペーパーバック: 288ページ
  • 出版社: Abacus (2008/4/3)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0349119791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349119793
  • 発売日: 2008/4/3
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 15.3 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Five Stars 2016/7/16
投稿者 Quantum libet - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I especially enjoy learning about several aspects of social life in Cairo.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Enjoyable 2012/4/30
投稿者 Katen - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I really enjoyed this book and gave insight to areas don't always see or hear about often. I have spent time in Egypt and really had me think I must go back and spend more time there. It is however ones mans point of view and Egypt really is a place to experience, it is amazing along with scary and full on but well worth taking time there.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Even modern women have a hard time in Egypt 2011/4/1
投稿者 Ralph Blumenau - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
Hugh Miles is a British freelance journalist whose work took him to Cairo in 2004. There he met a young Egyptian woman, here called Roda. A group of Cairene ladies met regularly in Roda's home to play cards, and Roda invited him to join these parties, where he was often the only man present. This gave him the rare opportunity for a foreigner to enter the world of these women, and the book pivots around what he learnt about their lives. They are all modern in their attitudes; but however modern they are, they are all under the control of male members of their families, husbands, fathers and even of younger brothers. Their lives in Roda's apartment are kept secret from their menfolk - for example, most of them smoke at these parties, but before they return home they take precautions that their breath no longer smells of tobacco. One of them accepts being beaten up by her husband occasionally; another loves her tyrannical younger brother; they all complain, but do not or cannot openly rebel. A few years earlier they had all been a little freer, but in recent years, despite Mubarak's crackdown on the militant Islamists in Egypt, the conservative and religious influences had become stronger and more difficult to resist. One of the women is in an urfi marriage (that is an unofficial marriage which is sanctioned by Islam, but which would be frowned upon by her respectable family if they knew about it.) Though in this way or another many modern young women secretly have sexual relationships with men, they often have their hymens sewn up again before a regular marriage, so that the wedding sheets can become bloodstained. And apparently, despite the Egyptian Constitution stipulating the equality of all citizens without distinction of religion or creed, if a Christian man wanted to marry a Muslim woman he would first have to convert to Islam; if he did not, he would have to leave Egypt and would not be allowed back.

Incidents that happen around the women in this group become the hooks on which Hugh Miles can hang accounts of other aspects of Egypt and of Cairo life which he has covered as a journalist. So, for example, the reference to one brother, a policeman who has been sent to work in a prison (where he actually respects the pious and educated Islamists who are often held for months or years simply on suspicion) leads to a description of the horrific conditions in Egyptian prisons. The horrors of compulsory military service are hardly less: "the military regards fewer than one in four men killed in training as an acceptable fatality rate." There are descriptions of the huge difficulties of many people, even educated ones, have to find jobs, even though the Egyptian civil service is massively overmanned, with four or five people doing jobs which could easily be done by one person.

He is fond of the women he meets in Roda's home; but, not surprisingly, he is not fond of Egypt.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Fascinating and fun read 2013/1/3
投稿者 Amazon Customer - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
When my Kindle died, I picked this up at the bookstore as something to read while awaiting my new Kindle. I'm so glad I did. I just returned from a brief trip to Egypt for the holidays and found myself confused, fascinated, and a bit unnerved by the culture, particularly as it pertains to women. This book didn't answer all of my questions but it did provide great insight. Reading this 2008 publication in 2012 is also particularly interesting as several of the author's comments and predictions have come to pass in recent events. I think that gave even more legitimacy to his perspective and account as I was reading it.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Better than Yacoubian Building 2010/1/4
投稿者 Hatem Ayman Tawfik - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I grasped this book randomly and on a hunch from a local bookstore, I am not sure if it is an autobiography or fiction as I am still half way through the book. This book is a painful yet accurate analysis of the sad pathetic state we Egyptians have turned into during the past few decades. Though it might seem like a simple superficial tale some of the arguments in this book are very deep. for example the author describes the 1967 defeat as THE event that sliced our once great people wide open to wahhabi influence when we realized that arabism/nationalsim failed. In short, this is the British version of Naguib mahfouz and Alaa Alswany. You could almost see the characters in the story right in front of you. Definitely a must read for any Egyptian or a foreigner who is looking for the true essence of modern Egypt. Should be converted to a movie.

Hatem A Tawfik, MD
Cairo, Egypt
hatem35@gmail.com
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