By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This amazing anthology offers for the 1st time in English trip essays via Arabic writers who've visited the USA within the moment half the century. The view of the USA which emerges from those debts is immediately interesting and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from various viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the United States otherwise interact and revise Arab pre-conceptions of american citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every thing from the unchanging different, the very antithesis of the Arab self, to the seductive girl, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.
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S. ” It is a command that you’ll hear time and again from the lips of train and bus conductors all over the country as though stepping lively were the slogan of the new life in this new land. ” One can see that these Eastern and Western commands reveal the difference in the whole outlook on life between Easterners and Americans. “Hurry is Satan’s way,” is a proverb that is unknown to Americans. For the American eats in a hurry, walks in a hurry, works in a hurry, lives his life in a hurry, dies in a hurry, and even is buried in a hurry, a hurry like the speed of the turning wheels.
Once the signs of rejection appeared on his face, either they immediately left him alone, looked to the side, looked for another customer, or even just stood up and left the place. But this woman was in a league of her own. Either this woman was very confident of herself, or she was the type that does not get embarrassed and tries to lessen the degree of her craftiness. Or it may be that she had some time to waste. Or, and this possibility appealed to his pride, she preferred him to others or wanted to make him her favorite man.
He: Effendim? She:What country are you from? He (to himself): Answer her you, you timid man, with a rude voice so that she may leave you alone. He: From a place in this world. She: And what do you do? He: Any job. What is your line of work? He: A job that is respectful, like the jobs of these clean-shaven people here around you in the bar. She: A businessman? He: A man, without business. She:Why are you trying to be vague? He: Because I do not trust you. She: Even with respect to your line of work?
America in an Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature: An Anthology 1895–1995 by K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla