By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This special anthology offers for the 1st time in English trip essays by means of Arabic writers who've visited the USA within the moment half the century. The view of the United States which emerges from those bills is right now interesting and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from numerous viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the USA otherwise have interaction and revise Arab pre-conceptions of usa citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every little thing from the unchanging different, the very antithesis of the Arab self, to the seductive lady, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.
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She: Even with respect to your line of work? He: Even with respect to my work. She faced him straight on. O Lord, she was the prettiest one of all, the most beautiful woman, not only in the bar but anywhere. He has not seen anyone so beautiful in such a long time let alone argued with and was obnoxious to a woman of such beauty. No, it was not only the green eyes, the golden hair, or the Brigitte Bardot mouth but also her skin color, which was a very light tannish red. Her bodily features were astonishing, created, no doubt, by a very intelligent and sensitive mind.
He must have had too much to drink. ’”The Lebanese friend laughed and said to me that a Manhattan was a drink. I worked for a week at the nightclub. M. M. When after a week I went to get my paycheck, one of the owners of the nightclub looked at me and said, “What money are you talking about? ” He said, “Are you a resident? Do you have a work permit? ” 36 America in an Arab Mirror So he said to me, “People like you without papers or work permits work for free; the tips they get are more than enough.
And Look magazine ran a survey of several girls of different ages and levels of education and classes around what it called “ox muscles” and the overwhelming majority declared their open attraction for boys with ox muscles! Sex and the Materialism of Life in America There is no doubt that this fascination with physical strength is indicative of the vitality of this nation and its sensuality. If this fascination were tamed and “ The America I Have Seen” 23 sublimated, it could lead to the creation of a great art that would remove the gloominess of life and infuse the human spirit with fragrance, and bind the sexes with ties higher and more beautiful than the ties of thirsty bodies, burning passions, and eye-popping sex that beckons through the limbs, and is embodied in motions and gestures.