Quickie Book Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

What it’s about: Serious Egyptian college students in America ponder their future in a post 9-11 America

Why it’s good: Shows multi-faceted face of Egyptian society and gives a peek into Egyptian culture, particulalry in the face of xenophobic Americans. Also tackles womens’ issues in Egypt.

Why it’s bad: Has several indistinguishable characters and no seeming ending goal, making the reader feel deprived, author dismisses all Zionism as evil, even though Jews are supposedly “ok”

Moral of the book: Don’t judge all Middle Easterners in America; we are all human; people have the government they deserve

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