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Wedding Song based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Four perspectives of seemingly one reality. A powerful tale that drives forward relentlessly - and then back over the same ground as each character's perspective reveals itself. It is a prime example of George Engel's point of view - "Where you think you stand determines what you think you see." Beautifully constructed and executed.
The construction of this novel is what makes it unique and fun to read. It¿s almost like a looking through a window on each side of a square house. What you see differs depending in which direction you¿re standing and whether you¿re looking into or out of each window. Here¿s how this analogy applies to Mahfouz¿s novel. Each chapter is written in the voice of a different person. The first is an actor, the second is the theater¿s prompter, the third is that prompter¿s wife, and last is that couple¿s son. The story is told mostly in conversations from the point of view of each narrator, but what complicates the matter is that Abbas, the son, is a playright who also wrote the story of the story. This play had been performed at the theater to rousing audience approval. Confused? Don¿t be because it¿s all very clear in the story. Because this novel is so cleverly done, you don¿t know which characters to like and which to dislike. You see individuals in a different light as each subsequent narrator takes over. In addition, you will have no idea where the story is headed. I think Mahfouz is playing a bit with his readers here, but that¿s okay. This is a quick read and one sure to entertain. Grab it now!