Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

By Naguib Mahfouz

A beautiful novel through the widest-read Arab author at the moment released within the U.S. The age of Nasser has ushered in huge, immense social swap, and lots of the middle-aged and middle-class little kids of the outdated bourgeoisie locate themselves attempting to recreate the comfortable, enchanted global they so dearly omit. One evening, despite the fact that, artwork and truth collide--with unexpected conditions.

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Good and evil are equal; and one is adopted over the other--if adopted at all--with the simple motive of egotism, or cowardice, or opportunism. All values perish, and civilization comes to an end. What must be studied in this context is the problem of religious people who take the path of the absurd. They are not lacking in faith, but still, in a practical sense, they lead futile lives. How can this be explained? Have they misunderstood the nature of religion? Or is it their faith which is unreal, which is a matter of routine--a rootless faith, which serves merely as a cover for the most vile kinds of opportunism and exploitation?

Before long it would disappear from view. As Anis stared at his friends, new features were revealed; it was as if he were seeing them for the first time. For he saw them usually with his ears, or through a cloud of smoke, or through their ideas, the way they behaved. But when he focused on their faces spontaneously, penetratingly, he found himself to be a stranger among strangers. He saw ruin in the light wrinkles around Layla's eyes. He glimpsed an icy cruelty in Ragab's mocking smile. The world also appeared strange; he no longer knew where they were in Time; perhaps it did not exist at all.

Is it enough for it to be a belief in society? I mean, is that sufficient for heroism to be created anew? I am at least aware of the ideas that I must crystallize and clarify to construct a plot. I should now record some basic facts and observations about the characters in this scenario-under their own names, for the time being. Perhaps then I will be delivered from confusion, since it is possible that a plot may arise spontaneously if I can analyze them and determine their basic attributes. CHARACTERS OF THE PLAY (1) AHMAD NASR A civil servant, by all accounts competent, with great experience in the practical matters of daily life.

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