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محيطًا بلا نهاية
.... وحدى، أنا
... سأبقى، وأصيرُ..
... أفعى، عصيَّةً..
تحكى هذه الرواية تحولات صورة الأنثى في ثقافتنا. فهي تروى سيرورة الصورة، وصيرورتها من أفق الأنثى المقدسة إلى دهاليز النسوة المدنسات. والرواية لا تقصد إلى الحطِّ والتهوين من شأن تلك الثقافات المتعاقبة المسماة، زوراً وبهتانًا بالسامية بل تعرض للأنثى السامِيَة، من حيث دنستها السامِيَّة. ولتحض على إعادة اكتشاف
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170 pages
Published 2008 by دار الشروق (first published 2006)
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Mouhand Hassan الكتاب لابد ان يكون الفأس للبحر المجمد بداخلنا.
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هذا ما اعتقد انه افضل وصف لحالتك, انصحك بالقراءة و تحطيم هذا الركود, حطمى كما حطم نيتشه !…more
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هذا ما اعتقد انه افضل وصف لحالتك, انصحك بالقراءة و تحطيم هذا الركود, حطمى كما حطم نيتشه !(less)

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Samar
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books, i-own
Okay that's an interesting book, and I'd call it a book and not a novel bec. when I finished it I realized it's bunch of historical stories and ideas/beliefs that Zidan love to present in a novel for no apparent reason!

No actual relation between the 1st and 2nd part, you'd think the story at the beginning is an introduction to the ideas presented in in the 2nd part, but nah, not true, still no relation..

So skipping the 1st part and focusing on da 2nd one, u'd find some very interesting ideas abt
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Kifaya Khraim
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Historically inaccurate but interesting
Sally
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
It's one of the worst novels I have ever read !
Dealing with the woman issue in this manner, challenging males , I mean , makes the issue much worse.
Although, I like the theoretical knowledge that's involved.
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Manal
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Her mother is so Complicated!!
Hosam Shalash
Dec 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rate : 1/5
Abdullah Bannan
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it's the kind of book that you need to read for like two or three times in order to wrap your brain around! ...more
Maram Alghamdi
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good
Reham HAMDY
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting
Amir Bayoumi
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was kind of one of the best books I've ever enjoyed reading in my entire life; as it's full of emotional, psychological, spiritual, sociological moves.

The style is really one of the best things I liked in this wonderful novel, and to be specific: his use of unheard replies to questions to let the reader know what the characater is thinking about but doesn't want it's conversational partner know about it was really very telling about the characters', their thoughts and feelings.

The mys
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Snur Ahmed
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Well, let me get it to you straight from the beginning, one of the worst book i have ever read in my life so far and the reason i bought was behind the bookstore man that he kept raving about it..
Half of the book is about the man and making love which was disgusting in my opinion, and the other part is about a mother who sends letter to her daughter trying to explain the role of the woman and how the society was seeing her throughout centuries, from being treated as a goddess to being treated as
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Leeedooo
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very nice book..mixing a 2 married couple drama with historical conflict between the man and the woman demonstrating its deep roots in the very ancient times ....i get a lot of historical benefit from this book regardless my own personal opinion ,but i'm already convinced with all the author is trying to prove... ...more
Freesoul
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not bad, but not so good, lots of historical information covering half the book which made me really bored during this time, although some of the information was useful but wouldn't expect all of them in such context of a not so big novel.

i would have appreciated if he instead wrote a book about the topic he wanted to discuss rather than a novel !
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Christeen
This book is a true point of view twister kinda of books. the reader must be open-minded to accept what is in this book. In this book Zidan shows his marvelous research ability inworld heritage. it describe the development of ppl view to the woman from sacred goddess to the extent of desecration ... I didn't like half of the book but from the middle to end, it truly calls for thinking. ...more
Sana Abdulla
A woman has stopped loving her inferior husband since she started getting letters from her long absent mother, her husband who only sees her physical beauty is very upset. set in the future (?) for no apparent reason except maybe to tell us that nothing will change for women in a male dominated world. boring, full of historical stuff, ends abruptly,and lacks a proper plot. A major disappointment.
Mamdouh
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
It's a beautiful history lesson, basically feminist point of view with a lot of unknown (to me at least) facts, not really a good novel as the story line was forced into this book, still worth reading ...more
Dina
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
the first part was amazing how she feels about her husband and the whole stupid society i really loved it but the letters part has been written by the writer just to gloat with all the history he knows or at least that how i felt it really disconnected me from the novel
Amany
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, favorites
took away one star for the totally pointless sex scene at the beginning that ruined the imaginary world created by the rest of the book :))

*******
2nd reading :
sweet mother of all what's good and pure :')
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Mohamed Mahmoued
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thats a big book ! little pages but more meanings than any other book the story is short but it gets in to the point.i gave this book to a girl and it changed her world,because it gives girls hope and makes them remmber how important they are in life.
I enjoyed reading this book
Hisham
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
the intensity of the sexual description between the couple takes too much time that makes the reader lost from the heart of the story
the chronology of the incidents makes digesting the story harder
there is a great difference, negatively, between 3azazil and this one
Nermin
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, I get his point of writing that he wants to show how women were "Gods" at some time in the past, and how they are looked at now as "less"...
The thing is, he is so frank in his writing, so good at describing characters (but not places), but I sort of wasn't very comfortable with it.
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باهر بدوي
You wanna learn more about Eve's arrogance? Congrads, you picked the right book :) ...more
Asma
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liked the roles the characters resemble, though hated the character of the husband and the grandfather. I loved the way the writer cherished the female body, so un-Arab-like.
Samer M.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
1st half is amusing but 2nd half is very boring
Bassem Ayman
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
1st time to read for youssef zidan although i have " النبطي" but i started with this
i like his way of thinking and writing
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Osama
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Real content starts after the half of the story. Anything before that is just a b/w old movie :S I truly like the way and the language he exposes his ideas.
Amal Arrumaih
Promising beginning turned into a series of lectures.

3 stars for style of writing and the first 100 pages.
Mona
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
my favourite novel by far
Sally Orsalloo
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
great book i really like and recommend
Rana
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I only liked the part of the messages
This part is amazing :)
Maysan
Mar 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not his best novel.
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