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  • Title: Lyrics Alley
  • Author: Leila Aboulela
  • ISBN: 9780802145758
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near tragedy that threatens the legacy they ve built for decades.In 1950 s Sudan, the powerful Abuzeid dynasty has amassed a fortune through their trading firm With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, they can do no wrong But when Mahmoud s son, Nur, the brilliaLyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near tragedy that threatens the legacy they ve built for decades.In 1950 s Sudan, the powerful Abuzeid dynasty has amassed a fortune through their trading firm With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, they can do no wrong But when Mahmoud s son, Nur, the brilliant, handsome heir to the business empire, suffers a debilitating accident, the family stands divided in the face of an uncertain future As British rule nears its end, the country is torn between modernizing influences and the call of traditions past a conflict reflected in the growing tensions between Mahmoud s two wives the younger, Nabilah, longs to return to Egypt and escape backward looking Sudan while Waheeba lives traditionally behind veils and closed doors It s not until Nur asserts himself outside the cultural limits of his parents that his own spirit and the frayed bonds of his family begin to mend.Moving from Sudanese alleys to cosmopolitan Cairo and a decimated postcolonial Britain, this sweeping tale of desire, loss, despair, and reconciliation is one of the most accomplished portraits ever written about Sudanese society at the time of independence.
    Lyrics Alley Lyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near tragedy that threatens the legacy they ve built for decades In s Sud

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    1. So this is another saga about a patriarchal family in exotic setting Don t you love those Publishers sure do there is a new one every two weeks Lyrics Alley starts bizarrely with a family tree, even though there are only two generations on it two brothers and their children Who needs a tree Please, I am a pro I eat your tree for breakfast I read Hundred Years of Solitude and got that under control and let me tell you there were about twelve generations, three hundred characters and all of them n [...]

    2. SPOILER ALERT.There is something seductive about this book It is not just the poetry of the books poet Nur, his absolute and pure love for his cousin Soraya which drives his every word and thought and which continues to move and inspire him even when these are all he can move, but , for this is a book which starts very slowly then you suddenly find yourself immersed into its very real sense of story, of time, of place The differences between Mahmoud s two wives, younger second wife Nabilah, pers [...]

    3. Lyrics Alley has some very beautiful moments but is a disjointed novel that never really pulls it together by the end It is a quick and compelling story but the reasons for being pulled into the novel the setting, the tragedy the characters, wondering about the outcomes end up being less than fully realized I was left dissatisfied, unfortunately, yet I am open to reading by this author I wonder, though, given the setting and political climate of the time Sudan Egypt, 1951 1952 if this disjointe [...]

    4. It was interesting to read about life in Sudan in the 1950s The use of characters from Egypt was also interesting as it gave a comparison between these two neighbours, one who s modernisation and westernisation was further progressed I m not saying this is a good thing.Mahmoud is the patriarch who has built a successful trading company, puts a lot back into his country and is relatively modern in his thinking His first wife is uneducated, illiterate and represents the old Sudan His second younge [...]

    5. AFRICAN BOOKS MARATHONBOOK 5TITLE Lyrics AlleyAUTHOR Leila AboulelaCOUNTRY SudanAnother book that takes place in a country on the verge of independence from the British Empire An Empire that is crumbling.We are in Sudan in the early 1950 s and we see the story of the rich Abuzeid family The story takes place in the Abuzeids mansion in Omdurman, a city lying on the western banks of the River Nile, opposite the capital, Khartoum It also takes place in Cairo, Alexandria, London, and a few areas in [...]

    6. I knew nothing of Sudan or its history and culture before reading this book I inhaled it in 48 hrs, reading till midnight each night Not even a reader s headache could make me put it down That s how engaging Ms Aboulela s prose is Set in the 1950s at a time of unrest in the entire region independence Suez crisis etc.The story begins with the illness of the patriarch, Mahmoud He apparently nearly slipped into a diabetic coma at some point and is spending weeks in bed as his family and associates [...]

    7. A sad but compelling read Characters who have both likeable and dismaying personality traits It is based on the life of a real person but has been fictionalised Sudan was dusty, hot but great to discover.

    8. Well worth reading.I really enjoyed this novel, set in Sudan and Egypt in the 1950s.It covers a lot of ground, but the story at the centre is the true relationship between Sudan s famous poet and songwriter, Hassan Awad Aboulela and his childhood sweetheart, represented as Nur and Soraya in the novel They were cousins, betrothed from a young age, until a serious accident changed everything Hassan Awad Aboulela was Leila Aboulela s uncle and although he died before she was born, he remained quite [...]

    9. Starting in Sudan, shifting to Egypt and then back again, this is the story of the family of an astute Sudanese businessmen, his two squabbling wives one conservative Sudanese, the other a much liberal Egyptian and his two eldest sons who are married and engaged respectively to the daughters of his much traditional brother It highlights the changing political and cultural climate of 1950 when Egypt and Sudan were politically joined at the hip with a ruling monarchy in Egypt and when there were [...]

    10. Leila Aboulela s Novel is a wonderful piece, it takes you in a journey to the Sudan in the period before and during independence, it showed many customs, traditions, real places that were at that time It also went to Egypt to show the contrast between these two countries at that time, and to show also similarities and bonds that were exited between these countries.The Novel is based on a true story which is Hassan Awad Aboulela s Leila Aboulela s Uncle life story, a famous poet from the 1950 s, [...]

    11. A lukewarm like 3.0, not 3.1 A number of themes at work political history of Sudan and Egypt, as reflected in the storyline of the patriarch culture peeking man with two wives, patriarch as absolute ruler, clash of traditional vs modern Africa family dynamics with their usual soap opera type baggage early dawning of the emergence of women s rights So many threads, but none really strongly developed The writing is serviceable but not notable meets expectations I guess Too much on the side of chic [...]

    12. Was able to see Leila Aboulela at the Writer s Center in Maryland Amazing I really enjoyed this book So much of the culture rang true going to Alexandria to the beach Learned so much about the history between Sudan and Egypt.

    13. lk kez Sudanl bir yazar n kitab n okudum Konu ve anlat m olduk a naifti ama Sudan k lt r n renmek a s ndan faydal bir okuma oldu diyebilirim Bu arada kitab n T rk e ad Na meler Soka , konuyla pek alakas olmasa da

    14. This book is set in a time and place that I had near zero knowledge of I was drawn to all of the characters in this novel The FGM scenes made me want to scream but alas, such is patriarchy Kudos to this author for such elegant prose and compelling narrative.

    15. People particularly americans like to talk on the Oppression of Muslim Women Lyrics alley touches upon the practice of clitoridectomy But I didn t come away believing that this happened because of Islamic culture Words like patriarchal drip very easily off our tongues and I think we need to think twice I m not making a case for cultural relativism it s far too simplistic and intellectually lazy and has always felt a bit unsound to me if there are no absolute rules, how does one get away with cla [...]

    16. Through its intersecting story lines, Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela portrays the Abuzeid dynasty in 1950s Sudan Set against the backdrop of turbulent political times, Mahmoud Bey, the patriarch, navigates between clashing forces both in his public and private life the indigenous population s collision with British rule as it strives for independence Waheeba, his Sudanese first wife steeped in the traditions of her culture versus Nabilah, his second wife, a younger and progressive Egyptian woma [...]

    17. If I were to judge this book based on literary value, the most I would give was three stars The style of writing was simple and light hearted, but too simple and easygoing to be called great Good maybe, but not great For non English speakers who want to try reading English fiction, you can start from this And, oh yeah, the editor deserve a good spanking for letting some obvious mistakes went unnoticed but just a spanking the only editor that should be slapped or even killed is Hilal Asyraf s.The [...]

    18. It seems that I hardly ever read books written in English and when I do, it s so easy to read that it s like falling off a chair When I started this one, I thought it was too easy and too happy and flowed too quickly and I was suspicious of it But maybe that was just the ease of reading it and that yes, in the beginning of the book, all was easy and happy, but life changes and it s not happily ever after for everyone, even if they don t exactly live a hard life.Lyrics Alley is set in Sudan but s [...]

    19. It s a nice saga about big arabian family, who by marriage joins traditions of two countries Sudan and Egypt But it doesn t mean calm coexistence, rather conflict beetwen two worlds one full of traditions and rites and second one, westernized The writer from the muslim point of view shows us which values should win and which finally win Interesting especially for our western world which very often sinks in chaos.The book is full of arabian atmosphere, we can really smell an air, dry soil, deser [...]

    20. So you have to know a little about the Arabic Muslim world to get this Even as a religious studies graduate I had to google a few Arabic terms It started off as a standard story about patriarchal oppression and though interesting it was a little slow As soon as it hits 100pages though the story changes and it s making me want to read it Hmm just finished it It got very sappy and cliched with the modern wife vs patriarchal Sudan I was looking to learn a bit about Sudan and Egypt in this book but [...]

    21. Found the juxtapositions between Sudan and Egypt, tradition and advancement, pain and love to be extremely well persuaded through out the whole story Totally engrossed in all the characters lives, it took me a while to acquaint with, but found everybody worthy of my attention I will not fail to mention the author s ability to invoke the human in me, the absolute empathy with some and rage with others I hope all that read this pay close attention to ALL traditions, as some are perpetrated to be o [...]

    22. This is the third of Aboulela s books that I ve read recently And each is unique unto itself she is innovative and original at crafting stories Her writing style reflects much grace and clarity I am grateful for her ability to depict multiple and opposing perspectives with a confidence and empathetic tone I will definitely read of her books.This book provided me a perspective on Sudan in the 1950 s and its relationship with neighboring Egypt and with the British who were in Sudan and in Egypt a [...]

    23. A wonderful, breathtaking book that would take you to Sudan and Umdurman 60 years back And how beautiful time it was No one would have illustrated it this way And since it was based on a true story, I went searching for the poems and songs mentioned on the book, and asked Baba about the streets, caf s and places.In the middle of reading this book I had dreams about Soraya, Nur Blury dreams Nur is a very beautiful person I wished that I had a cousin like Nur I was so attached to him, and his grie [...]

    24. I may have given this book 4 stars if I hadn t read that some reviewers were comparing the author to the highly esteemed Egyptian novelist and Nobel Prize winner, Naguib Mahfouz Mahfouz s monumental work, The Cairo Trilogy, is much deeper in scope and breadth than Aboulela s story, written over many years.But, both authors represent the much needed Arabic voice in contemporary literature and offer similar themes of domestic and famly life in male dominated cultures Egypt and Sudan Aboulela does [...]

    25. Nice book but The story doesn t proceed with the same momentum it started with The second half of the book becomes a bit boring There is a lot of repetition and it feels that different characters are lecturing us about their lives and about the changes the country was going through Although there were lots of detail about life in Sudan and Egypt, it was clear that the author was describing what she didn t see or experience It wasn t very authentic.

    26. Captivating tale of a land long in thrall to its northern neighbour on the cusp of independence and the all too familar conflict between tradition and modernity, as seen through one family, already crippled by a major tragedy Brings 1950s Sudan to life

    27. Historical fiction set in Sudan Egypt While I enjoyed the settings and themes of this novel, I had trouble getting drawn into the story Perhaps because there is a lot of switching between characters Illuminating, informative, authentically detailed but not a page turning story.

    28. A story that introduces you the life of the Sudanese people during the 1950 s I loved experiencing the old Sudan through the book, even though how incomplete the story seemed to me.

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