Monthly Archives: May 2012

An Interpretation of Auntie Banu’s Tarot Cards in The Bastard of Istanbul

In The Bastard of Istanbul, Auntie Banu was known for her practices as a soothsayer and her ability to tell the future by the use of tarot cards and coffee cups.  On Asya’s 19th birthday, Auntie Banu turned over the … Continue reading

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Religion as the Basis of Identity in The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing

The journey of life is made up of obstacles and beliefs that help us form our identity. An identity is a way of classifying ourselves and conforming into a social unit, or in Darina’s case, rebelling against it. Darina El … Continue reading

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Psychological Analysis of the Identity Crisis of Armanoush Tchakhmakhchian According to Erik Erikson

According to renowned Psychologist Erik Erikson’s theory of development, older teenagers and young adults are in the stage of Identity vs. Role Confusion. During this stage, adolescents have either committed to a set of morals and ideas about themselves that … Continue reading

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Nina Simone – Ambiguous Freedom

Ambiguous Freedom in “The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing”             Freedom means different things to different people and people go to various means to find liberation.  In “The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing,” Darina Al-Joundi lives her life on the … Continue reading

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Women are the Backbone of late 18th-Century Cairo, Egypt in Samia Serageldin’s The Naqib’s Daughter

Posted By: Mansi Trivedi In The Naqib’s Daughter Samia Serageldin describes the stories of several Egyptians during the late 18th-century French colonization of Egypt conducted by General Bonaparte. Serageldin’s vivid imagery, character development, and overall historical accuracy and research give … Continue reading

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Darina Al-Joundi’s Distinct Story Telling Makes Her Experience Come to Life in The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing

Posted By: Mansi Trivedi  Experiences described in novels and memoirs are hard to imagine unless the reader can relate directly to these experiences.  While reading I was reading Al Joundi’s memoir it was very difficult to relate to the incidents … Continue reading

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