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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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Even without the weight of social issues upon its shoulders, Rifaat’s stories are surprising, endearing, and stick with you after you have finished them.

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Her style is very candid. With few exceptions, the first-person narratives are in the voices of women at different stages in life. This one here gives a good view of women of Islam, it’s honest and told from a person who lives in it. For that reason I cry out for complete and complementary love in all my writings. A widow, she now lives in Cairo with her three children. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Well, why pick a favourite when I have the whole book?

Jerome Reviews Alifa Rifaat’s Distant View of a Minaret – Kinna Reads

Add both to Cart Add both to List. By her stories, Alifa Rifaat calls for change and development, and even fiew, but the call is couched in specifically Arab terms. Alifa Rifaat manages to do all this in her little book of short stories. But a young woman who made a love marriage fares no better as her man minwret unfaithful and funds his smoking and drinking on her wages without offering love or help to her. My World of the Unknown is perhaps the most idiosyncratic piece.

The thing about a collection of short stories is that everyone can have a different story which they feel was the most compelling. It is a cold and charged sentence, true to the bone, that most of us would not be able to accept our own deaths as a commonplace occurrence. Because of this a paradigm shift needs to occur. At the time of publication their author, the Egyptian Diatant Rifaatwas described as the female writer who most convincingly expressed what it meant to be a woman living in a traditional Muslim kf.


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I would recommend this story collection to anyone cistant remotely interested in women living alifq an essentially male-dominated Islamic environment. The author and I are at logger heads with regard to the treatment of women in North Africa and the Middle East. CairoKingdom of Egypt. Through the unhappiness of the main character, Rifaat shows the suffering of several other women who have been suppressed their whole lives.

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Distant View of a Minaret

During this nearly year period of literary silence Alifa Rifaat pursued the study of literatureastronomyand history. Showing of 15 reviews.

In many of the stories, maybe the author was trying to show that characters who lacked a firm grounding in their religion would be unable to find any real comfort or peace. So which of the 15 stories is my favourite?

Top Reviews Most recent Minarst Reviews. Or is this just the view or the author? Rifatt captured the feeling of being trapped as a woman in society, so strongly that it made me feel a bit claustrophobic.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In any case, it totally belies the complexity and richness of Rifaat’s handling of love and sex in her stories. The interesting element of this book is this idea: For the women in these stories their expectations are often not met. Distnat you come to these sto A number of reviews take care to point out that these short stories are not feminist, which is true enough; they are closely-observed pictures of mostly women’s lives in Egypt.

Returning to the bedroom to bring her husband tea, she realizes he’s died and calls to her son to get the doctor. In these stories youthful memories became a place that was both welcoming and haunting.


May 6, at 8: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The stories show women not in charge of their destiny, women controlled by society, women who are solitary and lonely and had nobody to confide with.

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Thanks for sending me to your review. In this story, the woman who is married has a sexual relationship with the djinn when it appears in two forms — as a snake, then as a woman. 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 rifazt the discipline and order of Islam. This collection of short stories admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque.

It is funny how she still truly believes that her distnat to her religion, her husband and her children can make her whole even though they have left her questioning, depressed and hungry for a different life. And the last of her lovers had been a viper that had destroyed her.

Although many of the women recognize the injustice perpetrated against them, they do not rage against a patriarchal veiw that oppresses, discriminates, and marginalizes them. It was ivew in a geomodernist sense; the Egyptian women within the stories believe in feminism of their own sort, not Western modernism. View all 6 comments. May 14, at 8: Some of the settings Rifaat writes about miserable women and awful men. At some point during the act she becomes aware of the call to prayer.