The View from Garden City: A Novel
Author Carolyn Baugh tells the moving story of a young American student living in the Garden City district of Cairo. Having come to study Arabic, she learns far more from the Egyptian women, young and old,she meets within the swirl and tumult of Garden City. Living, loving, and flourishing amid the fierce inflexibility of tradition, these women reveal a fascinating world
My fav line: Writing damns you to observing not being.
This author has the uncanny ability to describe things really uniquely/accurately so I appreciated her writing style and content of the book (not so much the structure though). She didn't shy away from the conflicts and bittersweet relationships these Egyptian women go through. The stories show real life issues like domestic violence, an extramarital affair,...more
Carolyn Baugh does a fantastic job of describing what life is like for the women of Cairo, without making any haughty judgments about their actions. This novel introduces us to six women of various ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Despite their differences, they all share a common struggle for happiness within what an outsider may view as constricting cultural practices.
The only reason why I did not give this book five stars is because, at times, the prose is a...more
This section from the preview is fantastically true: "The View from Garden City lifts the veil of privacy to explore the stunning inner strength of women torn between their dreams for the future and the sacrifices women must make in a world of harsh realities."
I think this really resonate...more
This is a read that I was conflicted about from the first couple of pages. The writing style put me off a little bit because it is not what I usually enjoy personally. Some of the actions that take place seemed to me a little bit off putting as well or not what is normal. There is a disclaimer from the author however that does explain that. Now those complaints aside it is a good book overall.
My favorite character I think is Huda. She at times is immature but real...more
At first Baugh's writing is overloaded with heavy-handed similes (at the jui...more
My only complaint with it was the excessive use of descriptive narrative regarding some things. Such as using five or six adjectives to describe the sound...more
It is a bunch of little stories within a story because the book is about several different women. Each of the women in this book has a story to tell. Their stories are powerful and compelling. Their stories will make you laugh, cry, cheer, and most of all appreciate how much we as women of the United States have to be thankful for.
We sometimes think or take...more