By Naguib Mahfouz
A beautiful novel by means of the widest-read Arab author at the moment released within the U.S. The age of Nasser has ushered in huge, immense social switch, and lots of the middle-aged and middle-class little children of the outdated bourgeoisie locate themselves attempting to recreate the comfy, enchanted international they so dearly omit. One evening, even if, paintings and fact collide--with unexpected conditions.
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She smiled uncertainly as he continued: "And of fatuous words like 'escape' and so on . " "I want to know," she said simply. " Ragab asked. " "Platitudes are worth nothing," challenged Mustafa. "We are all working people--the director of an accounts department, an art critic, an actor, an author, a lawyer, a civil servant. We give to society all that it requires and more. " Her reply was candid. "You are constructing arguments and then knocking them down. " Ali al-Sayyid spoke. "As the poet of old said: '_Eyes sleepless, eyes sleeping For some reason or none Cast off care if you can, For care to madness leads .
He can be described by any attribute--or none at all. He keeps his secret in his head. One can be sure of him in the same way that one can be sure of an empty chair. Useful for comic exploitation, but he will not play a positive role in the play. I can confine the female characters to two: the heroine, because of the importance of her role, and Sana, to enhance the unity of sentiment in the drama. And also because her modern adolescent character lends an attractive spirit to the play, one not wholly without usefulness for study.
Present no temptation for them. They give no intimation of absurdity. Real knowledge provides an ethical system in an age when morals are crumbling. It is manifested in a love of truth; in integrity in judgment; in a monastic devotion to work; in cooperation in research; and in a spontaneous disposition toward an all-embracing, humanist attitude. Is it possible, on the level of the particular, for scientific excellence to replace opportunism in the hearts of the new generation? In any case, it is best for now that I occupy myself no further with the theme.
Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz