The Severed Finger Is Never Abscessed
The reviewer, who was in the habit of using words to describe his feelings on what he’d recently read, could not find the words he was in the habit of using. To put in another way, he was at a loss for words. There are other, more important things that you, the prospective reader of this review, should know about this particular reviewer as well. There are other facts that we should share with you. For starters, he’s woefully under-equipped when it comes to critiquing Arabic literature. He knows little of the social or political climates that lead to frequent periods of unrest in Egypt. Secondly, and perhaps far more telling, reading Eltoukhy’s novel left him with a near debilitating fear of train stations. We shall address this absurdly unfortunate side effect more in due time. For now, let us begin where these thing generally seem to begin, at the beginning.