A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

By Randa Jarrar

Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mom and a Palestinian father, narrates the tale of her adolescence in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to the place she and her relatives fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family's final flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a pointy, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class family members, and this attitude retains her buoyant in the course of the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of facing a checkpoint on a trip to her father's domestic within the West financial institution; the fights together with her father, who desires her to develop into a recognized professor and steer clear of boys; the tip of her adolescence as Iraq invades Kuwait on her 13th birthday; and the scare she provides her relatives while she runs clear of home.

Funny, fascinating, and heartbreaking, A Map of house is the type of e-book Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn could have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and feminine within the Seventies.

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In 1996, twelve such schools existed in Hangzhou, causing over 20,000 students to participate in the selection examinations, from which only one out of 21 was accepted into the school. Private Schools Set Up by Government In the mid-1990s the Chinese government allowed some public schools to be contracted to private citizens for management. The schools have free use of school buildings, yet rely on tuition fees to survive. Some local governments have even put in huge sums to construct such schools.

The fourth category, the intellectuals, seen as in between the proletariat and the ‘‘class enemies,’’ were constantly subject to suspicious and persecutions. Social classes were reclassified after Deng Xiaoping came back to power. Reorienting the CCP government’s priorities, class struggle was dropped and economic development became the new national goal. ’’ The reclassification resulted in the rehabilitation of the social status of millions of Chinese people. During the decades of economic reform and opening, along with the rapid growth of the private economy and the increase in personal wealth, the criteria for defining an individual’s class status have shifted: While political factors such as party membership remain a part of the criteria, possession of economic and intellectual power has gained more and more weight.

The count of 300,000 officials was about one-fifth of all Anhui public servants (‘‘300,000 Chinese Officials Snared in Corruption Net,’’ 1994). Throughout the country, corruption is endemic; officials deny citizens services unless they receive ‘‘gifts’’ in the form of cash, goods, or big items such as cars, apartments or prostitutes. In return, they offer state loans at low interest rates and cut the price of goods that belong to the state. Government officials also find all kinds of excuses to attend banquets and get ‘‘serviced’’ by ‘‘three accompanying ladies,’’ who serve them meals, sing with them, and go to bed with them.

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