Thursday, September 4, 2014
August Book Reviews
I loved seeing the differences between Egypt and America outlined here. Even though I live here, everything is so familiar that I never really thought about it. For instance, Egypt is very family-centric, parties and such are always full of cousins and aunts and uncles, but America considers close friends as family, something that was in contrast when the author and a family friend shared a hug and kiss hello.
I was also really intrigued with the ways she and her husband smoothed over the cultural differences. As someone newly thrown into the ridiculous hoops of this whole marriage business (paperwork is very likely the death of romance), I liked seeing how they meshed and clashed. I would have liked more detail about their conversations, arguments, and resolutions but this seemed like a topic where the author wanted her privacy. Fair enough. If you are interested in different cultures, definitely check this out. I'd love to read more fantasy books (and non-fantasy) with a Middle Eastern setting, especially by Middle Eastern authors. Any recommendations?