The Late Twentieth Century: 1960-2000 - Short Fiction

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Identify some of the problems the protagonist faces because she is living in a foreign land in "Sandpiper" by Ahdaf Soueif.

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As a white woman living in Egypt, the speaker faces many different problems. She is part of a culture now that she does not entirely understand and will never fit into. This is exemplified in the way that she is unable to do so much as a white foreigner. Note what happened when she tried to plan meals and go shopping:

The meals I planned never worked out. Um Sabir cooked what was best in the market on that day. If I tried to do the shopping the...

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