Season of Migration to the North

Season of Migration to the North

Book - 1970
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An arresting work by a major Arab novelist.
Publisher: Portsmouth, N.H. : Heinemann, 1970.
ISBN: 9780435900663
0435900668
Branch Call Number: SALIH A
Characteristics: 169 pages ; 19 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 23, 2018

"The white man, merely because he has ruled us for a period of our history, will for along time continue to have for us that feeling of contempt that the strong have for the weak."
This if the first Sudanese novel I have ever read or even heard. Part of New York Review Books classics series, which often publishes unjustly neglected works, "Seaon" was published in 1969 and by many accounts, is the greatest Arab novel of the 20th century. Give the current political climate, we should all be reading outside of our culture. I'm not sure I agree with the previous description of the books as "misogynistic." One of the characters could be described that way, but I think Salih is using him to critique certain aspects of the East/West, colonizer/colonized relationship.

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rika_hubby
Jul 06, 2015

The content is switching back and forth between Mustafa and the narrator; however, it gets clearer image if we read the introduction beforehand before we jump into the chapter.

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mclarjh
Jun 20, 2014

Misogynistic.

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Jul 06, 2015

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rika_hubby
Jul 06, 2015

After years of study in Europe, the young narrator returns to his village along the Nile in the Sudan. It is the 1960s, and he is eager to make a contribution to the new postcolonial life of his country. Back home, he discovers a stranger among the familiar faces of childhood -- the enigmatic Mustafa Sa'eed. Mustafa takes the young man into his confidence, telling him the story of his own years in London, of his brilliant career as an economist, and of the series of fraught and deadly relationships with European women that led to a terrible public reckoning and his return to his native land. However, he disappears without a trace, leaving his two sons under the care of the narrator.

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rika_hubby
Jul 06, 2015

"When I embrace my grandfather I experience a sense of richness as though I am a note in the heartbeats of the very universe." - p:61

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