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The Pistachio Seller Hardcover – Oct 1 2009

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  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd) (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815609191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815609193
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,340,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Reem Bassiouney is an acclaimed contemporary Arabic writer. She has published five novels in the Middle East including The Smell of the Sea. She is assistant professor of Arabic at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Osman Nusairi is a theater director whose plays have been broadcast by BBC World Radio and performed in London theaters. He is the translator of Nawal El-Saadawi's novel Two Women in One.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Fun read about Egyptian culture Jan. 10 2010
By Story Circle Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Voted best novel of the year in 2006 by the International Alexandria Library, The Pistachio Seller by Reem Bassiouney is now translated from Arabic so that English readers can enjoy a delightful read.

This story begins with adolescent love as Wafaa, a young Egyptian girl, says with a sense of fun and humor: "It was Saturday. I remember. And while he was standing on a step ladder in the hall, changing a light bulb in the faint light coming through the window, I decided to love him."

Raised in a strict Islamic culture, young Wafaa struggles to come to grips with her own beliefs and the confusing conflicts of a young coming of age body. She meets her cousin Ashraf when he visits from England and develops a healthy respect and growing admiration for her world-traveled and educated older cousin.

Bassiouney lends much factual detail and precise description of the Islam and Egyptian cultures to her story and treats touchy subjects with realism and light humor. The characters are so well defined as to believe the story to be a true narrative of the characters. At times, I wanted to laugh out loud at the amusing thoughts and conversations that two adverse upbringings created in Wafaa and Ashraf. Other times I wanted to slap the characters for their actions and attitudes.

Read The Pistachio Seller through to the end to see how the characters grow and inter-relate with each other and society. Does Wafaa get her man? Read it to see if she does and learn more about the Islamic culture and have fun doing it.

by Rhonda Esakov
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
A fascinating introduction to Egypt Oct. 11 2012
By BMujica - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bassiouney offers an in-depth exploration of a culture struggling with tradition and modernization, changing expectations for women, and the challenge of foreign influences. The protagonist is a well educated young woman determined to remain faithful to her own traditional ideals, while her love interest is a spoiled, selfish young man whose British upbringing has divorced him from his Egyptian identity. How these two different perspectives are reconciled is the crux of the story.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful novel Nov. 1 2009
By R. Basyouni - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I liked this novels so much. The characters are so lively and I learned so much about the Arab world. it is funny as well Mark

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