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From the Man Booker Nominee author of The Map of Love.

Sandpiper is a collection of stories which provide insight into Egyptian and Western life and the links between them, looking at relationships within and across continents.

People from many places - England, Alexandria, Istanbul - pass through defining crises in their relations with others. Most of them are women, and m
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published February 8th 1996 by Bloomsbury (first published 1996)
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Jane Reye
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With each ebb of green water the sand loses part of itself to the sea, with each flow another part is flung back to be reclaimed once again by the beach. That narrow stretch of sand knows nothing in the world better than it does the white waves that whip it, caress it, collapse onto it, vanish into it. The white foam knows nothing better than those sands which wait for it, rise to it and suck it in. But what do the waves know of the massed, hot, still sands of the desert just twenty, no, ten fe
Zainab Magdy
The stories in Sandpiper are so mesmerizing and so painful. Its not the author's style of writing as much as the pain and the feelings pulsating from every word that made me appreciate it so. Soueif tells stories beautifully and she tells stories from the heart; it's that which makes literature after all, isn't it?
Yomna Sh.
Remarkable literary style. Stories are a bit dull and sad
John Nduli
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like this books, especially how real and relatable the characters are. The book's stories are mostly sad, but coupled with the writer's lyrical style, they have a great impact on the reader. However, I feel the writer sometimes became too poetic, losing me occassionally.
Hannah Harvey
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book of short stories, each one had a unique voice and gave a good look into different cultures.
I found it to be interesting, some stories were naturally better than others, but I enjoyed most of them.

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The Egyptian expat author provides the opportunity to encounter characters (all but one, women) within the matrix of women's and intergenerational roles in the Arab diaspora.
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Ahdaf Soueif (Arabic: أهداف سويف) is an Egyptian short story writer, novelist and political and cultural commentator. She was educated in Egypt and England - studied for a PhD in linguistics at the University of Lancaster.

Her novel The Map of Love (1999) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages. Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic-spea
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“Tell me, if you thought a man had a tendresse for you, but he wasn't doing anything about it. And you wanted to hurry him up a little so you made a move, an unmistakable move; one that nobody could pretend had been a misunderstanding. And he - he ignored it - ignored you. What would you feel?” 23 likes
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