Lyrics Alley

Lyrics Alley

Book - 2010
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Lyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near-tragedy that threatens the legacy they've built for decades.

In 1950's Sudan, the powerful Abuzeid dynasty has amassed a fortune through their trading firm. With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, they can do no wrong. But when Mahmoud's son, Nur, the brilliant, handsome heir to the business empire, suffers a debilitating accident, the family stands divided in the face of an uncertain future. As British rule nears its end, the country is torn between modernizing influences and the call of traditions past--a conflict reflected in the growing tensions between Mahmoud's two wives: the younger, Nabilah, longs to return to Egypt and escape "backward-looking" Sudan; while Waheeba lives traditionally behind veils and closed doors. It's not until Nur asserts himself outside the cultural limits of his parents that his own spirit and the frayed bonds of his family begin to mend.

Moving from Sudanese alleys to cosmopolitan Cairo and a decimated postcolonial Britain, this sweeping tale of desire, loss, despair, and reconciliation is one of the most accomplished portraits ever written about Sudanese society at the time of independence.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780802119513
Branch Call Number: ABOU
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm


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May 05, 2017

Ordinary story telling, this is neither an epic, not is it elegantly written. A strong anti traditional Sudanese sentiment is evident, raising questions about the author's authenticity and purpose.

bklynfig Jun 17, 2013

Beautifully written. Descriptive and evocative of another life in another place of another time.

May 02, 2012

Set in 1950s Sudan, this book tells the story of an affluent Sudanese family. Tragedy strikes the son who subsequently becomes a well-known poet. It contrasts the traditional vs the modern world. The author can tell a story.

May 17, 2011

this is one of the best books I have read this year.great writing and a touching story.

I discussed it with a friend who is from Sudan originally,and he had praise for her writing and depiction of Sudan in the 1950's,the charcaters are memorable--

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