- Hardcover: 162 pages
- Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd) (Oct. 1 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815609191
- ISBN-13: 978-0815609193
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,507,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pistachio Seller Hardcover – Oct 1 2009
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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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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