Thursday, June 24, 2010

A World That He Left Behind by Fathy Fares

Today I'm sitting at the library to find some comfortable environment while surfing internet and reading journal...Then I found the interesting book which title ' a world that he left behind'..

Go through with the synopsis below:


This novel traces the life of a typical Egyptian middle class family. It explores the interaction between parents and their children, the relationships between the siblings and the preference given to the firstborn son in the family. It also shows how women are treated; how they stand in the community and the attachment they have to their parents and family before and after their arranged marriage. In this novel, the resentment of Tarik against the controlling attitude of his older brother Nader creates constant tension in the El-Masry family. Nader forces his sister Samiha to leave school when she reaches the age of fifteen. Tarik is part of a generation with nationalist feelings utterly committed to their country’s cause, fighting against colonialism and corruption.

The characters are set in two political eras. The first is the end of Monarchy and Colonial rule, followed by the early time of the 1952 revolution.
The book deals with the influence on Tarik’s family of customs dating back to Ancient Egyptian culture. It portrays how Tarik and his extended family interact with Christian and other Muslim families, the two components of the Egyptian society who, live side by side with mutual understanding. It also shows the influence of superstition and the effect of religion on the daily actions and expressions of the El Masry’s extended family.

The novel reaches down into the depth of the Egyptians’ heart and mind where wisdom and madness are mixed together and laughing jokes surmounting sadness and misery.
The novel also shows how corruption interferes with people’s life. This leads to the rebellion of young people, Tarik’s generation, who carry the consequences of speaking out and standing up against practices of authorities.
As a result, Tarik is imprisoned like many others. They are disappointed and feel betrayed by the failure of the new regime to improve their lives.
Tarik finally decides to leave the upheaval of his country after many disappointments, frustration and experience with corrupt officials...


  1. if you include this post with pictures of that book, it will be more intrsting i think..just google it lor..hehe..

    nice blog u have here joseph.. =)

  2. Haha..i just try and error to have a blog instead of FB and so on..and one thing, this blog in English version..wanna learn more English through writing

    but the writing so bad...hahahah

  3. well, i already not very active with fb since blogging, and also twittering..hehe..

    even it is a 'broken english' just keep it worries there.