Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi
Thia lyrical novel gives three snapshots of a young Egyptian woman's life. At six she spends her summer trying to make sense of the chaos that occurs during the inauguration of a new president. People and houses and shops disappear in the night, her cousin speaks of revolution and her father is gone. Later, she is a college student envisioning a film that will somehow explain this chaos. Finally she is a writer and her father returns. The book is interesting and the tone is soft and ephereal. It left me with a sense of disconnect and a lot of unanswered questions. I would be interested to know of this is the author's style or was just employed to set the to e of this particular novel.