By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla

This extraordinary anthology provides for the 1st time in English trip essays by way of Arabic writers who've visited the USA within the moment 1/2 the century. The view of the USA which emerges from those money owed is instantly attention-grabbing and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from numerous viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the USA otherwise interact and revise Arab pre-conceptions of usa citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every little 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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The Clothes of the Americans Primitiveness of tastes cannot be illustrated more clearly than in these screaming, loud colors, and elaborate large patterns, a lion or a tiger leaping on the chest, an elephant or wild ox prostrating on the back, a naked girl stretched on a necktie from top to bottom, or a palm tree that climbs up it from bottom to top. So often our commentators do speak of “holiday clothing” in the villages, or the wedding dresses in the village, with their garish, primitive colors that do not match except for the fact that they are the most explosive of colors.

For an American, on the other hand, if one’s work is terminated, then one’s life is over. President Wilson is now 70 years old. C. He suffered from hemiplegia toward the end America in the Eyes of an Easterner 53 of his tenure in office and signs of this disease can still be seen in his face and arm. By working he does not seek to make more money for he has made more than enough. He does not seek to be famous; if he did not obtain fame as the occupant of the White House, it would be absurd to seek fame now a mere lawyer.

All I remember was that the silence around us was supreme. Yes, silence. Pain. Muffled pain. And many tears. In a hurt voice, Liza asked me, “Why didn’t you . . ” A moment later she repeated the question, “Why Sammy, why didn’t you? What is the matter? Don’t I appeal to you? The first time I ever asked a man to do that to me and he refused! ” “I don’t know,” I said. Totally calm, in fact. . All I knew was this: for me sex should not be a mere entertainment; it should not be had under the influence of alcohol, or after too much partying, or in the name of total freedom.

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