Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz uses four narrator to tell the story, each from his own perspective of how a beautiful peasant girl, serving as maid in the Miramar Pension unintentionally turns the establishment upside down. Although victimized, she alone is a noble character.
Octogenarian Amer Wagdi, a bitter ex-journalist, moves into Mme. Mariana's Miramar Pension, hoping to live out his days in peace. This appears unlikely as he meets sexagenarian Tolba Marzuq, his ideological opposite and a fellow boarder. Both know Mariana from long ago. A beautiful and innocent young peasant woman, Zohra Salama, is hired as a maid. Younger boarders join them: Sarhan al-Beheiry, Hosny Allam, and Mansour Bahy, and they become acquainted during a party preceding the famed singer Umm Kulthum's monthly radio broadcast.
Sarhan, who has tired of Safeya Barakat, a live-in lover, covertly and successfully courts Zohra. Rumors spread among the boarders that Zohra...
Miramar Lesson Plans contain 118 pages of teaching material, including: