There are good and bad things about this book. Let’s start with the good: Rebels by Accident does a great job of portraying Mariam’s paradigm shift between seeing Egypt and Egyptians as “backwards” and ultimately starting to identify herself as something more complex than “just American”.
I loved this book so much, but I’ve hard a hard coming up with a way to write about it.
I have to admit to being mildly disappointed by this book.
Maybe it was because I had built up El Saadawi’s writing so much in my head from hearing her speak and reading articles of hers, but it just wasn’t quite as good as I had thought it would be.
This book was an interesting, and at times frustrating, read.
Just over a month ago, I went to a pair of sessions at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. A…