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Naguib Mafouz's "Palace Walk"

"This extraordinary novel provides a close look into Cairo society at the end of World War I. Mahfouz's vehicle for this examination is the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad, a middle-class merchant who runs his family strictly according to the Qur'an and directs his own behavior according to his desires. Consequently, while his wife and two daughters remain cloistered at home, and his three sons live in fear of his harsh will, al-Sayyid Ahmad nightly explores the pleasures of Cairo. Written by the first Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize, Palace Walk begins Mahfouz's highly acclaimed Cairo Trilogy, which follows Egypt's development from 1917 to nationalism and Nasser in the 1950s."

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  • John

    A beautiful and moving portrait of a traditional family living through a turbulent decade. Rarely have family dynamics been so well portrayed. This novel also makes history come alive. Thanks to everyone for a great discussion!

    April 15, 2013

  • Wassim

    The book was made into a tv-series in Egypt. This is the first episode. You might not understand what they are saying, but you understand what is happening because you read the book! =)

    February 7, 2013

  • Heather

    One of these days I will make it. Great story. Thinking about reading the other two.

    February 7, 2013

  • Sarah

    This was required reading for Pomona College freshman orientation class of 2000. The accompanying lecture was the reason I signed up for Intro to Islam and ended up a Religious Studies major.

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be out of town.

    January 12, 2013

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