The Thief and the Dogs by Naguib Mahfouz

(Please note that we are postponing discussion of Louise Erdrich's The Round House until the July meeting because of the long hold lists for this title at local libraries. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

Summary: Naguib Mahfouz's haunting novella of post-revolutionary Egypt combines a vivid psychological portrait of an anguished man with the suspense and rapid pace of a detective story.

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge. He finds a world that has changed in more ways than one. Egypt has undergone a revolution and, on a more personal level, his beloved wife and his trusted henchman, who conspired to betray him to the police, are now married to each other and are keeping his six-year-old daughter from him. But in the most bitter betrayal, his mentor, Rauf Ilwan, once a firebrand revolutionary who convinced Said that stealing from the rich in a unjust society is an act of justice, is now himself a rich man, a respected newspaper editor who wants nothing to do with the disgraced Said. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption.

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  • LAFriend

    Almost forgot! I'm bringing a tart.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Elaine

    I'm bringing some side salads.

    April 21, 2013

  • Eunice K.

    I'll be there with a pie.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • roberta r.

    sorry, cannot attend. I have a family obligation. hope to meet y'all at a later date. roberta

    April 15, 2013

    • Elaine

      Hope to see you next time, Roberta. Thanks for updating your response.

      April 20, 2013

  • Karen K.

    Sorry for last minute cancellation

    April 20, 2013

    • Elaine

      Hope to see you next time, Karen. Thanks for updating your response.

      April 20, 2013

  • Judith G.

    I will definitely not be coming tomorrow but will catch you the next meeting. Hope everyone has a great discussion. Judith

    April 20, 2013

  • Margo R.

    Sorry, everyone. Something came up, and I can't make this one either. See you in May.

    April 15, 2013

    • Elaine

      We'll miss you, Margo! See you soon.

      April 15, 2013

  • Joy

    Not 100% certain of attendance

    April 13, 2013

    • Elaine

      Thanks for updating your response, Joy. Hope you can join us soon.

      1 · April 14, 2013

    • Joy

      Thanks, hope everyone has a good time.

      April 15, 2013

  • Pat

    Not going to make it unfortunately.

    April 14, 2013

    • Elaine

      Sorry to hear that, Pat. Hope to see you soon.

      April 14, 2013

  • Kristin

    Just realized this is the same day as CicLAvia, so I won't be able to make it. See everyone next month!

    April 14, 2013

    • Elaine

      We'll miss you, Kristin! Thanks for updating your response.

      April 14, 2013

  • Elaine C.

    Have a wonderful book group. Elaine

    April 13, 2013

    • Elaine

      Does this mean I'll be the only Elaine there? Oh, pooh! ;-). Hope to see you next time, Elaine.

      April 14, 2013

  • Judith G.

    I was on the waiting list but find that I will not have time to read the book. I hope to be joining you for the next meetup. Thank you for the headsup. J

    April 13, 2013

    • Elaine

      Thanks for letting us know, Judith. Do you want to stay on the waiting list just in case?

      April 14, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Will bring dessert

    April 13, 2013

  • Pat

    Always wanted to read Mahfouz

    March 18, 2013

  • Adelaide M.

    This will be my first time.

    March 18, 2013

  • Joy

    Hi, in what zip code will the meeting take place? :)

    1 · March 17, 2013

    • Joy

      according to the map, it's right by Hansen's Cakes. Is that correct? It would help me make a better decision as we draw closer to the actual meetup date. Thanks!

      March 17, 2013

    • Elaine

      No, Joy, it's a private residence in Westwood, so we don't post the address on the web site. If you send me your email address ([masked]), I'll be glad to send you more info.

      1 · March 18, 2013

  • Elaine C.

    Just me and a veggie. If I am going out of town, I will give you plenty of notice. Elaine Cole

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Teresa

    Entree

    1 · January 19, 2013

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