Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

By Naguib Mahfouz

A beautiful novel by way of the widest-read Arab author at present released within the U.S. The age of Nasser has ushered in huge, immense social swap, and many of the middle-aged and middle-class little children of the previous bourgeoisie locate themselves attempting to recreate the comfortable, enchanted global they so dearly leave out. One evening, even though, artwork and truth collide--with unexpected situations.

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As the poet of old said: '_Eyes sleepless, eyes sleeping For some reason or none Cast off care if you can, For care to madness leads . " she said, with something resembling triumph. But Mustafa persisted: "We give our daily concerns our closest attention. We are not good-for-nothings. We are the fathers of families! " As the discussion proceeds, the world seems more and more bizarre. Cares and lazy people and clich├ęs. The drugged debate with reddened eyes. The moon has completely disappeared, but the surface of the water glitters as if it were an unfamiliar, smiling, happy face.

Now you are really angry, Saniya. He is the master of ceremonies, remember . " she retorted. The thunderous atmosphere threatened to overwhelm the merriment. Ragab, however, spoke firmly. "There are no strangers here. " "No," said Anis. " cried Ragab gaily. " And there is still a bomb inside me--I'm saving it for the Director General. Let the laughter bursting inside me calm down, so that I can see things clearly. Have the mooring chains of the boat parted? The full moon charges at the fragile door of our balcony.

The collapse of belief--belief in anything. It is a passage through life propelled by necessity alone, without conviction, without real hope. This is reflected in the character in the form of dissipation and nihilism, and heroism is transformed into mockery and myth. Good and evil are equal; and one is adopted over the other--if adopted at all--with the simple motive of egotism, or cowardice, or opportunism. All values perish, and civilization comes to an end. What must be studied in this context is the problem of religious people who take the path of the absurd.

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