Darkness Lay Ahead

Rated 3.67/5 based on 3 reviews
A girl runs to escape her mundane life. She embarks on a journey into the unknown to free herself from a life she can no longer tolerate, and does not desire.
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Words: 3,160
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311090942
About Baheya Zeitoun

Baheya Zeitoun was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She is a city-girl to the core, who is inspired by the noise, chaos and liveliness of city life. She considers herself to be a feminist writer, and is usually inclined to write more realistic fiction with female protagonists. And while she dabbles in both poetry and prose, she feels she is better suited for prose.

From a young age, Baheya started creating stories. At first it was to amuse herself, but as she grew she found putting words on a page/screen to be quite a liberating experience. Reflecting primarily on her own experiences, and drawing from them to build her characters, she began to develop multi-layered narratives. She finds solace when she loses herself in a gripping book, and hopes to one day write a story that would translate that same experience to her readers.

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Reviews

Review by: Wilde Blue Sky on Sep. 05, 2015 :
A young woman burden with debts and society’s expectations decides to strike out.

A very thought provoking short story which anyone who is “trapped” (through debt / family ties / etc.) in a life they don’t enjoy will recognise.
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Review by: Victor A. Davis on July 09, 2015 :
Zeitoun writes with a lyrical ear, like poetry or song. The story itself seems unstructured, as if the author took a few diary entries and transformed them from first into third person. There is no “real time” action or dialog. The prose simply dances along, well-crafted and simple. At first, the lack of specificity struck me as odd, had me thinking, “when is the story going to start?” In reading, I relaxed a bit and enjoyed the deep emotional wanderings of this unknown and unexplained heroine. There is one section break in the work, seeming to separate a vague problem from a vague solution, but it is unnecessary. The whole story, from start to finish, is a character sketch, or at most, an origin story. What gets me is the voice, the word choice, and its air of melancholy. She has a mellow voice, despite a story which is at its heart is quite despairing.
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Review by: جمال حسين جمال الدين عبد الفتاح on May 03, 2015 :
Despite shortness, this is a fine expression of the human pursuit of freedom from the burdensome complexities of modern life. A smooth yet profound pen of a talented writer. It had been so compelling to the very last word. I recommend it.
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