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by Abd Al-Rahman Munif,Roger Allen

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  • ISBN 0704326515
  • ISBN13 978-0704326514
  • Language English
  • Author Abd Al-Rahman Munif,Roger Allen
  • Publisher Quartet Books Ltd; 1st edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Pages 140
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  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory History and Criticism
  • Size ePub 1850 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
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''Drought. Drought again! When drought seasons come, things begin to change. Life and objects change. Humans change too, and no more so than in their moods!'

It is not long before the reader of Endings discovers that this drought is not just an occasional but an enduring condition faced by a community on the edge of the desert, the village of al-Tiba. Nowhere do we discover exactly where this village is on the map of the Arab world and al-Tiba thus becomes a symbol for all villages facing nature unaided by modern technology. We hear of Abu Zaku, the village carpenter; of the Mukhtar; and above all of 'Assaf and his dog; and of the creatures that share the life of the community. But it is the people of al-Tiba as a group who discuss and argue about their past, present, and future, and the forces of change. The portrayal of the desert environment and its customs is as vivid as the hunting of animals and the sandstorm that led to 'Assaf's death. A series of stories accompanies the wake that follows -stories that borrow from the pre-Islamic tradition of expressing a particular vision through descriptions of animals.

Endings is striking not only for its setting and style of narrative, but for being a vivid commentary on the emergence of the modern city and its urban middle class.


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Endings (Emerging Voices (Quartet)). Nowhere do we discover exactly where this village is on the map of the Arab world and al-Tiba thus becomes a symbol for all villages facing nature unaided by modern technology

Endings (Emerging Voices (Quartet)). ISBN 10: 0704326515, ISBN 13: 9780704326514. Published by Quartet Books (UK), 1996. Condition: Good Hardcover. Nowhere do we discover exactly where this village is on the map of the Arab world and al-Tiba thus becomes a symbol for all villages facing nature unaided by modern technology. But it is the people of al-Tiba as a group who discuss and argue about their past, present, and future, and the forces of change.

Al-Tiba knows how to treat people harshly and also how t. how extreme kindness.

Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Told in the omniscient voice of a storyteller familiar with this ancient land and its people, the tale involves a hunter from the village of al-Tiba, 'Assaf, who acts as the Cassandra of the village, warning of the coming drought and urging the people to learn sustainable hunting methods. The inhabitants laugh at 'Assaf, but come to recognize the efficacy of his hunting prowess when the drought seizes the village in earnest. Al-Tiba knows how to treat people harshly and also how t.

Abd Al-Rahman Munif, Professor Roger Allen. Drought again! When drought seasons come, things begin to change. Life and objects change. Humans change too, and no more so than in their moods. It is not long before the reader of Endings discovers that this drought is not just an occasional condition but an enduring one, faced by a community on the edge of the desert, the village of al-Tiba. The exact location of this village remains undisclosed, thus, al-Tiba becomes a symbol for all villages facing nature unaided by modern technology.

a b Munif, Abd al-Rahman (1988). London: Quartet Books. Munif biography in Peter Theroux's translation – Abdelrahman Munif (1987). pp. Translator's Introduction by Roger Allen, pp. v-x. ISBN 0704326515. Translated by Peter Theroux. New York: Vinatage International. p. 629. ISBN 0-394-75526-X.

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Abd al Rahman Munif (1933-2004) is one of the most prominent Arab novelists of the twentieth century. Some have dubbed him and Naguib Mahfouz the two great patriarchs of Arab literature in the twentieth century

Abd al Rahman Munif (1933-2004) is one of the most prominent Arab novelists of the twentieth century. Some have dubbed him and Naguib Mahfouz the two great patriarchs of Arab literature in the twentieth century. Munif established his central position in Arab literature after the publication of his monumental novel Cities of Salt. He wrote twelve other novels (some of which historic novels); two short story collections (The Open Door and Metaphoric Names); and twelve works of nonfiction about literature, politics, and the colonial context of oil economics.

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Endings (1977, this translated edition 2007) is set in the village of al-Tiba on the desert border in Saudi Arabia. There is a drought again.

For its livelihood al-Tiba relies on rain and agriculture. In the drought, markets vendors have nothing much to sell and they buy little. Money-lenders stopped lending money, declined to accept late payments, or insisted on new terms: peasants were required to sign over large segments of their land. ‘These money-lenders did not make a token effort to show goodwill.’

In the drought, people worry, people become angry, young men delay marriage or have austere weddings, and they yell at the elderly about moving to the city. There has never been a year like this before. There is an all-pervasive anxiety. Madness appears – or at least madmen and maniacs.

The great maniac, Assaf, is between 40-50 years old, tall and skinny with a slight stoop. With his loyal dog, he is a great hunter – not for pleasure, but for food. He hunts birds – partridge, quail, and the like. He never kills female birds, but he worries that other bird hunters do. He gives away his dead birds to those less fortunate than himself.

‘Al-Tiba knows how to treat people harshly and also how to … show extreme kindness.’ The villagers show cooperation and support. Food is left anonymously for the needy, disabled, and widowed. The people in al-Tiba know how to tell stories – and they are good listeners. And sons have returned, without ‘pleas or hints’ with a powerful desire to do something. What about building a dam to irrigate the land?

Four young city guests arrive in al-Tiba. ‘Assaf regards them as ‘insipid and naive bores.’ Assaf is expected to take the guests hunting, which he does. In a sandstorm Assaf, on foot, is separated from the two vehicles transporting the guests. The Desert Corps rescues the guests, an hour from death. But where was Assaf? They notice a vulture circling. Assaf and his dog are dead.

Assaf is taken back to al-Tiba to prepare for his funeral. All night people stayed with the corpse of Assaf, telling stories. The rest of the novel recounts the 14 stories from that night. Although disguised as fictional, the stories are about a hunter, a dog, birds, or the village. All are told for Assaf to hear, but the stories had an emotional effect on everyone, especially the Mukhtar (the head of the village): ‘everyone in the room had been sucked into a whirlpool of grief.’

In the longest night in al-Tiba’s history, it was also ‘one of the most incredible nights in the whole of al-Tiba’s history.’

While the novel seems to focus on the bird hunter Assif and his dog, it is not solely about him or the village folk – it is about al-Tiba and generations of drought, which brings the questions of its existence into sharp focus. With each generation the young question the beliefs of the elders who try desperately to hang onto their town and its traditions. Endings is therefore not just about the ending of Assaf’s life, but of the endings of the past, and the present.

The novel itself is clever in its austere story telling that mirrors the landscape, while the 14 tales at Assaf’s funeral reveal each person’s attitude to their village, its people, its traditions and the forces of change.
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I read this novel for my AP English class and thought it was the most thought provoking, intelligent, ambiguous novel I have read in my life. Munif was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature (I think the year was 1981). The story is of an archaic Saudi Arabian town focused only on tradition and honor. This town struggles with the imposing force of modernity, dealing with new generations and influences from a nearby large city. The story is not so much focused on the people and dialog, but the town itself. One of the most intriguing characters of the novel is actually the desert. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a change of pace from the typical, American "searching for identity" novel. Endings is simply amazing.