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By Meera Syal

ISBN-10: 0007378521

ISBN-13: 9780007378524

Nine-year-old Meena can't wait to develop up and cut loose from her mom and dad. yet, because the daughter of the one Punjabi family members within the mining village of Tollington, her fight for independence isn't the same as such a lot. Meena desires fishfingers and chips, no longer chapati and dhal; she desires an English Christmas, now not the standard interminable Punjabi festivities – yet greater than something, she desires to roam the backyards of working-class Tollington with feisty Anita Rutter and her gang. Blonde, cool, aloof, outrageous and sassy, Anita is every little thing Meena thinks she desires to be. Meena wheedles her manner into Anita's existence, however the arrival of a child brother, teenage hormones, forthcoming front tests for the luxurious grammar university and a motorcycling insurgent with out a destiny, threaten to show Anita's salad days bitter. Anita and Me paints a comic book, poignant, compassionate and vibrant portrait of village lifestyles within the period of flares, energy cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. it's a distinctive imaginative and prescient of a British adolescence within the Seventies, a youth stuck among cultures, each one on the point of swap.

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I am a student. ” “Nagi. ” “Donna. ” She cried enthusiastically, “Egypt? I love Egypt. I dream of going 42 Alaa Al Aswany one day to the Pyramids, riding a camel, and seeing the crocodiles in the Nile. Listen, Nagi, do you look like Anwar Sadat? ” “Actually I do; so much so that many people think I am his son. ” “Just a guess. ” “I am studying at the University of Illinois. Listen, I’ll invite you next winter to spend your vacation in Egypt. ” “I promise you. ” She was silent for a moment then said in a soft voice, “I’ll help you out, Nagi.

We will have time to take a tour of Chicago later on. ” “I’ll try. ” 40 Alaa Al Aswany “It’s impossible to get lost in Chicago because it is organized on regular north-south and east-west lines. ” We took a tour of the university shopping center, and he helped me buy groceries. ” “Of course not, but a Palestinian immigrant produces them here in Chicago. ” When he laughs his face looks quite friendly and affectionate. We arrived at the student dormitory. It’s a big building surrounded by a large garden.

The Egyptians have awakened and started demanding their rights. ” “I mean that half the Egyptians are illiterate. ” “Egypt has the oldest parliament in the East. Besides, illiteracy does not impede the practice of democracy, as witnessed by the success of democracy in India despite the high illiteracy rate. One doesn’t need a university diploma to realize that the ruler is oppressive and corrupt. ” For the second time I felt that he was upset with what I said. He turned once again onto a highway and said, “You must be quite tired.

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