EIGHT MONTHS ON GHAZZAH STREET: Hilary Mantel

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EIGHT MONTHS ON GHAZZAH STREET: Hilary Mantel

EIGHT MONTHS ON GHAZZAH STREET: Hilary Mantel

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page-turner, forget it: This is a straight gee-whiz, first-to-have-ever-noticed college novel—"Hampden College, as a body, was always strangely prone to hysteria.

Focalised via Frances, the wife of an ex-pat British engineer, this manages to make life in the Kingdom appear alien and troubling without recourse to any kind of unscrutinised Western cultural superiority, at least not from Frances. Questi elementi di partenza e la narrazione che produce quei sentimenti che dicevo prima sono presentati soprattutto in un racconto in terza persona, principalmente dal punto di vista di Frances (ma almeno una volta anche da quello di Andrew); però ci sono inserzioni del diario di Frances: «in Africa there was no need to keep a diary to convince yourself you had an interesting life. The company owns the apartment the Shores move into; it happens to be in an Arab neighborhood, and Frances is largely isolated. It's written as a memoir of her 4 year stay in Saudi Arabia for her husband's work during her younger life. Op elk nivo klopt deze roman: qua opbouw, qua karakters, qua psychologie, qua thema's, qua motieven.The streets are not a woman's territory; confined in her flat, she finds her sense of self begin to dissolve. I withhold one star only because there was some odd stuff in the writing that I couldn’t really see the point of. My husband, our two young sons and I lived in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia from 1983 to 1991, almost the same time-frame as Hillary Mantel lived in Jeddah on the western side.

Its set up to be this psychological thriller where Arab culture/Islam stands in for the "other" and the "alien. In an unusual collaboration, the author has revisited the book to create, with the abridger, this new ten-part serialisation. Some members felt uncomfortable by the negative view of the country – whereas I felt it was probably realistic, Mantel had spent some time living there herself. An intelligent woman who has lived previously in Africa, Frances tries to keep on good terms with the ruling hierarchy of her husband's company, including the overbearing Raj-style wives.Things always start off as being relatively straight forward and obvious in the mind but the maze of thoughts and ideas that Mantel always seems to present takes you to a place that one could never have imagined at the start of the book. None of them really want to be where they are – but have become trapped by the lure of good money, which for those with children back at home in boarding school becomes harder to turn down.

Mantel's point is directly stated on page 234 when Frances tells the very tall Fairfax, "This is no place for men who like women. at Cambridge said this was an excellent study of both women and expats in Saudi Arabia (that was her special area, so she knew what she was talking about). Una novela angustiosa en muchos momentos porque la autora consigue que te metas en el personaje de Frances y que de alguna forma vivas el confinamiento en el que se ven obligadas a vivir las mujeres en aquel pais, al mismo tiempo que reflexiona sobre las diferencias entre Occidente y Oriente, la corrupción politica y las apariencias. It may have been poor editing; perhaps at some point the book was going to be written in the present and when it was reworked, some stuff got by.I'll sum it up for you: British woman moves to Saudi Arabia to join her husband and doesn't like it there. La mirada critica y reflexiva (con un cierto toque de humor negro), de Hilary Mantel a través de Frances, la llevan a intentar entender muchas de las cuestiones sobre todo en torno a la mujer a las que se ve obligada a enfrentarse. As for her description of Saudi Arabia, I came away with very little, other than the impression that it was dusty, bureaucratic, and a nightmare to drive in. There is the boredom and paranoia resulting from the narrator being confined to the four walls of her apartment because her husband accepted a contract in Saudi Arabia, and she, as a woman, isn’t allowed to work there.

Andrew lavora nel settore delle costruzioni, che ha un folle sviluppo in Arabia Saudita, e promette quindi guadagni molto più alti dei precedenti impieghi. Further discussion reveals that one of their female British expat friends who is being divorced by her British husband (for having an affair) is now living in poverty with her children. Yes, I think Mantel had quite a range, but of course, those big historical novels have been talked about so much and won awards, so her other books perhaps get forgotten. Hilary Mantel vivió en Arabia Saudí durante cuatro años, asi que esta novela tiene tintes autobiográficos, ya que al igual que Frances, Hilary Mantel acompañó a su marido a este pais durante cuatro años. Frances and her husband, Andrew, are not able to get into one of the foreigners' compounds when he goes to work on a new ministry building in Jeddah and instead are installed in a company flat in an apartment block along one of the main roads.Perhaps it's asking too much to yearn for lip-licking, hip-thrusting, transcendent prose that forces you to believe that there is a writing god. Frances and Andrew spend time with other expats connected to the company Andrew works for, they are a pretty horrible bunch. They're the smartest kids in their class, and they forge an intimacy when Connell picks his mother up from Marianne's house.



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