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In The Heart Of Cairo by Mahi Wasfy
Self published via Now Novel on the 29th May 2016.
Where to buy this book:
Buy the ebook from Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk
Buy the ebook from Smashwords
How I got this book:
Downloaded the ebook from Smashwords
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
'When anti-bias educator, Mrs. Magda, becomes the new Theory of Knowledge teacher at the American School in Cairo, she is shocked to discover the ugly truth behind the school’s prestigious reputation. Despite the challenges and hostility she faces, Mrs. Magda is committed to achieving her career goal of transforming the environment at the school and making it truly bicultural. Although the school’s administration hired her to achieve just that, they realize her aspirations might be a bit too ambitious for their liking. Meanwhile Maha, a senior at the school, just wants to have a drama-free and fun senior year – but gets exactly the opposite. She finds herself caught up in a divine storm where everything in her life goes wrong. Shattered dreams, melodramas, fallouts and love triangles are just a few of the issues she has to battle. Maha doesn’t know if she can handle the pressure and risks losing herself in her efforts not to be the class misfit.'
In The Heart Of Cairo provides an interesting look at cultural struggles within present-day Egypt. Wasfy uses the microcosm of an International School to present opposing viewpoints and I was surprised that a people in a country with such an incredible history should suffer from such division of identity. Wasfy herself is obviously very much against the creeping Westernisation and Americanisation of Egypt and uses this novel to put across ideas for true biculturalism. Unfortunately this often takes a soapbox approach with characters frequently launching into deep and meaningful political speeches in what seemed to me to be inappropriate circumstances.
It takes several chapters for the novel to settle into its style and I was disappointed that most characters speak with Wasfy's voice so I never got a strong sense of anyone as a genuine individual. Speech often comes across as unnecessarily formal and unnatural. However I liked reading glimpses into both affluent and poor Egyptian life, especially the way in which people at both extremes of class treat each other with similar mistrust and disdain. Mrs Magda and Maha's storylines combine well and we are treated to a satisfying conclusion to our tale.
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Books by Mahi Wasfy / Young adult books / Books from Egypt
And now for the Giveaway!
Smashwords has a site-wide promotion, its Summer/Winter sale, and Mahi Wasfy is offering her book for free during this time. Simply enter the code SFREE at checkout to get your copy.
However, if it's already August when you find this post or if you simply like entering competitions (!) then answer The Question below and I will gift an ebook copy of In The Heart Of Cairo, via Smashwords, to one lucky winner.
Name a fiction or non-fiction book about Egypt.
Comment your answer on this post before midnight (UK time) on the 3rd of August to be in with a chance of winning.
The Giveaway is open worldwide. Answers must be commented by midnight (UK time) on the 3rd August and I will randomly pick a winner on the 4th. The winner will be notified by replying to their Comment so if you think you might miss this response please also include other contact info such as your blog URL, twitter name or FB page. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize.
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