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واحة الغروب

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  11,960 ratings  ·  1,466 reviews
هذه الرواية حاصلة على الجائزة العالمية للرواية العربية 2008
وقد طبع منها 3 طبعات خلال سنة
يعود بهاء طاهر فى روايته الجديدة والبديعة «واحة الغروب» والتى لاقت نجاحا جماهيريا واستحسانا نقديا كبيرا، إلى نهايات القرن التاسع عشر، وبداية الاحتلال البريطانى لمصر.
حيث يُرسل ضابط البوليس المصرى محمود عبدالظاهر، والذى كان يعيش حياة لاهية بين الحانات وبنات الليل، إلى واحة سيوة لشك السلطا
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Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by دار الشروق (first published November 1st 2006)
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Niledaughter
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: egypt-fiction
I love Bahaa’s elegant style in picking his words & descriptions , I liked the book a lot , this is the 2nd novel I read for him , but again I am facing that gloomy desperate internal conflict for reaching peace ! ..(making peace with yourself) !!, like if it impossible to accomplish such precious balance !!

The events took place in Siwa Oiasis , that magical place that inspired a lot !


The timing is at the late of the 19th century , after the British military occupation of Egypt ..


Here , we
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أحمد ناجي
Oct 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
I couldn't read more than 10 pages
Baha is good and nice gentleman, but his writing make me feel sick.
Youmna Higagy
Mar 31, 2012 added it
Shelves: mine
It made my weekend <3
Lastoadri
Jun 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
One of the best, if not the best for Bahaa taher
Lucinda
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mahmoud and Katherine have been dispatched to the Siwa Oasis for Mahmoud's job as District Commissioner. It is 1895, and Oh my goodness Egyptian history of this period is so incredibly complex and so interesting! The way in which power is being negotiated, justified, undermined, subverted between the Khedives, the British, and the heterogenous/ diverse Egyptian populace is just so brilliantly portrayed in this book. Not knowing too much about this period of Egypt's history I think there was some ...more
Asmaa
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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Meg
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I scrolled through endless reviews of this novel, but they're all in Arabic. So I have no idea why my opinion of it differs so much from the average. I'll make a bit of an effort here, for the rest of you Anglophones.

The author notes that a central character, the new District Commissioner of the oasis, was a real person, and the culmination of the novel (no spoilers..) describes a real historical event. However, nothing else has been recorded. The novel provides an imagined chain of events
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Seleucid
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arabic
It's a shame how full of spoilers other reviews to this book are, I hope you are lucky enough to start it without reading them.

The wittiest description of the relationship between East and West I have read yet. For example, the protagonist is the commander of the military outpost in the remote oasis of Siwa, whose people speak a language he doesn't understand, and are hostile to him. His British Lords have put him in the unenviable position of forcefully collecting taxes for them. A clever descr
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Ahmed nazzal
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
WANT TO READ IT AGAIN , TO ARRANGE SOME THINGS
IN ITS IDEAS .
Saif
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
meh, I imagine there is some overlay of allusions, references and conceptual euphemisms that I totally missed. But I'm not even interested in the possibility.
Moez Lamti
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Sunset Oasis is just decent. Its premise looks great: a village sunk deep in rural torpor, a political backdrop of revolution and treason, a historical mystery few people know of, and a tormented protagonist you can easily identify with. The execution however, leaves much to be desired. The choice to use multiple narrators with varying degrees of knowledge and different perspectives on the same events is well justified, but I mean, look at Catherine; she's short of obnoxious. She fails to live u ...more
Mohammad
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've had this book in my shelves for over 4 years now. I picked it last week and was shook at how fast-paced and well-written this is! The character development in this book is very impressive! I found myself daydreaming about coming back home from work to continue reading this haha

Also, I got to learn a lot about multiple eras of Egyptian history that are not commonly delved-into in Arabic literature.
Pansée Alaa
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful piece of Art.
Mia
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detestable characters, but a good story nonetheless.
Barbara Martin
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, literary
From the inside flap:

“Set in late-nineteenth-century Egypt, this award-winning novel introduces the work of an acclaimed Egyptian writer for the first time to Canadian readers.

“When disgraced military officer Mahmoud Abd El Zahir is sent to govern the remote Egyptian oasis of Siwa, he knows the danger he faces—two of his predecessors were murdered. But having been accused of disloyalty to the current regime and its British overlords, he has little choice. Rather than stay behind in Cairo, his Ir
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Tony Sullivan
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egypt
Egyptian police offer Mahmoud Abd El Zahir is sent to administer the restive oasis community of Siwa in the late 1890s. He smells a rat, knowing that his English overlords have been suspicious of his role in the major uprising in 1881-82 led by Colonel Arabi or Urabi Pasha against the English and the Khedive who had acceded to it.

That uprising is described later in the novel. Essentially, a sickening mismatch of military power left the rebels in disarray. Many of the bravest, far-seeing and gen
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Edith
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sunset Oasis is a historical novel set in the Sahara, more precisely in the Siwa Oasis in North-Western Egypt about 50 km from the Libyan border. The novel begins with the undesired transfer (and promotion) of police officer Mahmoud Abd El Zahir to the oasis some time in the 1890s, a couple of years after the failed Urabi revolt (leading to the British occupation of Egypt in 1882) in which he has been involved. Mahmoud's Irish wife Catherine accompanies him. As expected, the inhabitants of the o ...more
DubaiReader
Life in an oasis c1890.

The two aspects of this book that I most enjoyed were the fascinating account of travelling across the desert, complete with a sand storm/tornado and the interesting insight into an intercultural marriage from the point of view of an Egyptian man.
Unfortunately though, the book overall didn't really grab me.

Having disgraced himself in the eyes of the Egyptian heierachy, Mahmood is relegated to the position of District Commissioner of the isolated Siwa Oasis. He travels ther
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Aseel
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
Silver Linings Playbook is the movie that i loved because one day i will prove that the novel is better. you really can see from the beginning it is based on a novel. Anyway the reason i mention that is in this film, Bradley Cooper's character throws a copy of Ernest Hemingway's book,out the window and completely loses it breaking into his parent's bedroom in the middle of the night, and releasing an angry tirade and rants to his parents about the disappointing ending :
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Wanderer
at first i mistakenly took this for a book that presents a searech for the sealf. i, therefore, expected a happy ending. It turned out that the novel explores the strange realm of the self in which satisfaction and self realisation are the hardest of all goals. All characters' efforts are thwarted in a lost battle... a lost battle with the self, with the other and with their environment. They neither reach an understanding of themselves nor achieve an understanding of their surroundings. The var ...more
Sidra
Sep 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-unitar
Wow, so I just finished this book yesterday. This was a random book i picked at the library because, 1) it was new for a change, 2) I didn't remember reading anything from a middle eastern background, so i thought i'd give it a try.

first half of the book, I was quite intrigued. Mahmoud was an interesting character, Christine was not what I expected her to be. She was independent. I liked that. I also enjoyed the narrative on Alexander the great, especially as it was the first time I read anythi
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Caroline Paulsen
Unusual historical novel set in the 1890's in an Egypt ruled by British colonial masters. Egyptian commander accompanied by his Irish wife sent to an isolated Oasis in the south. Basically this is a suicidal mission to collect taxes the natives will violently resist. Fascinating characterizations of a wide variety of people including the ghost of Alexander the Great.

Even if you have read history widely, you will not be able to predict the action of this novel, which is based on historical incide
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Salma
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I am taken by this novel .... how the author describes the inner struggle between the right and the wrong and the desires were really amazing. However, I expected different ending.
I like the way he describes the desert and how it affects those who pass it.
You can say clearly that the author is Bahaa Taker from the first chapter. His way is very obvious as usual.
His characters made a lot of meditation in every incident in the story and that what I like most. I still say I wanted another ending.
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bluish silverish
This book is a eh umm good I guess? I love all the things in it, especially, how the author describe how beautiful Siwa is, the awesome histories and facts, conflicts and all that jazz... I rated this as 4.5 becauseeee one thing I don't like is the politic stuff. Personally, I don't like politics, so yeaah. But, this book calms me so much and Mahmoud's way of thinking was sorta like mine. So, yes this book's amazing, without the politics shizz, maybe it's because I'm not mature enough I guess. : ...more
Hagar
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
enough the awesome and unique narrative style that Bahaa Taher uses in his novel! How he smoothly shifts from one personae to another..from one perspective to the other! This is about the style of writing! Let's see the splendid content ..and the story that takes you to an oasis, and a historical background...where the politica, social, cultural, and pharonic all intermeingle...to produce this piece of art!

a different and distinct novel indeed
Shaymaa Kamel
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
i loved the oasis from the description the author had written.. but the ending wasn't satisfying.. but as a whole a must read book.. a bit depressing but i realised from the begining that mahmoud will die.. but the suspense of how or when.. but his death yet was surprising.. and katherine and sheikh saber and wasfy i hated so much.. so many traditions and oasis rules.. yet remains a mystery..
Kay
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and liked the way the narration switched between Mahmood and Catherine. However, I wasn't as keen on the other narratives being included and in particular disliked the musings of Alexander the Great. I am pleased to have read this book and widened my knowledge of world literature, but it wasn't so good that I would go out of my way to read another novel by Bahaa Taher.
Dina fawzy
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
i like it but not nearly filled with the Atmosphere of the Oasis i needed more of Customs and traditions
and as always i needed more of that ending it`s a bit down not to know what happens in the end to all those great human beings
any way it`s a very Poetic novel contemplative even and very pleasant to read
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Else Uys
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
I really enjoyed this book. The different voices in the novel are interesting, assessing and describing the situations from different perspectives. It ends leaving some loose ends- I would have liked even deeper understanding of the many main characters. Nonetheless it was very enjoyable, easy read.
Aamena Amin zayed
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very good piece of Arabic novel with interesting time which on some level echoes the current events in Egypt. The novel speaks about barriers in colonized society and the idea of resistance compared to betrayal , and the fear of the other . The method of narration is third person voice , the chapters divided by each character part of the story ie the narration takes a chain shape.
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