The Open Door
American Univ in Cairo Press, 2002 - Literary Collections - 364 pages
This novel explores a middle-class Egyptian girl's coming of sexual and political age, in the context of the Egyptian nationalist movement preceding the 1952 revolution. It traces the pressures on young men and women of that time and class as they soughtto be free of family control.
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Despite Layla's Trollopian ditherings about her choice of men and her rather hopelessly rudderless personality, this bildungsroman holds the attention all the way to the apocalyptic climax of the Suez ... Read full review
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