Sandpiper is a compelling and complex study of perspective, ways of seeing, ways of feeling. In her widely acclaimed novel, In the Eye of the Sun, Ahdaf Soueif’s heroine was an Anglicised Egyptian. The book’s cross-cultural tensions were seen from one woman’s point of view: young, educated, sentimental and sardonic. In this new book of stories, Soueif boldly extends her range of vision.
Sandpiper’s cast is multinational. An American, a Greek, an Arab, an Englishwoman: these characters are caught in situations which are culturally foreign, but which at the same time have the power to alter, or reshape, their ways of looking at the world. It is a subtle and exciting process and Soueif is a subtle and exciting writer. She also, in this book, reveals new technical resources: filmic cross-cutting, sustained lyricism, multi-layered experiments with time and memory – all these now triumphantly augment a brilliant story-telling talent.
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