I Want to Get Married!: One Wannabe Bride’s Misadventures with Handsome Houdinis, Technicolor Grooms, Morality Police, and Other Mr. Not Quite Rights (Emerging Voices from the Middle East) (Paperback)

I Want to Get Married!: One Wannabe Bride’s Misadventures with Handsome Houdinis, Technicolor Grooms, Morality Police, and Other Mr. Not Quite Rights (Emerging Voices from the Middle East) By Ghada Abdel Aal, Nora Eltahawy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ghada Abdel Aal, Nora Eltahawy (Translated by)
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The rules may differ from country to country, but the dating game is a universal constant.

After years of searching for Mr. Right in living-room meetings arranged by family or friends, Ghada Abdel Aal, a young Egyptian professional, decided to take to the blogosphere to share her experiences and vent her frustrations at being young, single, and female in Egypt. Her blog, I Want to Get Married!, quickly became a hit with both men and women in the Arab world. With a keen sense of humor and biting social commentary, Abdel Aal recounts in painful detail her adventures with failed proposals and unacceptable suitors. There's Mr. Precious, who storms out during their first meeting when he feels his favorite athlete has been slighted, and another suitor who robs her in broad daylight, to name just a few of the characters she runs across in her pursuit of wedded bliss.

I Want to Get Married! has since become a best-selling book in Egypt and the inspiration for a television series. This witty look at dating challenges skewed representations of the Middle East and presents a realistic picture of what it means to be a single young woman in the Arab world, where, like elsewhere, a good man can be hard to find.

About the Author


Ghada Abdel Aal works as a pharmacist and continues to blog, although she has since changed the name of her blog to "I (Used) to Want to Get Married."

Nora Eltahawy, also from Egypt, is a writer and translator. She most recently coauthored and coedited Voices in Refuge: Stories from Sudanese Refugees in Cairo.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780292723979
ISBN-10: 0292723970
Publisher: Ctr for Middle Eastern Studies UT-Austin
Publication Date: October 1st, 2010
Pages: 174
Language: English
Series: Emerging Voices from the Middle East