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What is the summary of Sandpiper by Ahdaf Soueif?

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jessie7gumo | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted November 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM via web

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What is the summary of Sandpiper by Ahdaf Soueif?

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migiryan7 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 23, 2011 at 6:05 PM (Answer #1)

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The narrator in this story is unwilling to disturb even ‘one grain of sand’, and this reflects her passivity as her relationship with her husband breaks down under cultural pressures. The relationship with him is carefully charted, almost historically, but it is significant that he is never named, and a sense of loss grows at the centre of the narrative. The narrative structure includes confusing connections between memory and the present to show the narrator’s state of mind. The narrative describes a love between the two formed elsewhere; it is the return to the husband’s country, which creates the cultural and family pressures on the relationship, including the loss of female independence, work and identity, which cause the couple to drift apart.

 

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sheikhchilli96 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM (Answer #4)

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The narrator in this story is unwilling to disturb even ‘one grain of sand’, and this reflects her passivity as her relationship with her husband breaks down under cultural pressures. The relationship with him is carefully charted, almost historically, but it is significant that he is never named, and a sense of loss grows at the centre of the narrative. The narrative structure includes confusing connections between memory and the present to show the narrator’s state of mind. The narrative describes a love between the two formed elsewhere; it is the return to the husband’s country, which creates the cultural and family pressures on the relationship, including the loss of female independence, work and identity, which cause the couple to drift apart.

 

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ayesha2013 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM (Answer #5)

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This story highlights the cultural differences as the author depicts a western woman and an Arab man, and their growing apart in the face of the woman being unable to be accustomed to his homeland, completely foreign to her. The couple's name's aren't mentioned and the author portrays their daughter, Lucy, as the reason for holding the woman back. There are themes of fading love, growing progressively apart.

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