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Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize—winning writer’s masterwork is the. Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize-winning writer’s masterwork is the. Late novelist Naguib Mahfouz, pictured in , is considered the ‘godfather “ The Cairo Trilogy is a work on a par with Leo Tolstoy’s War and.

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Then, they talk about the movies. Thus, the father is a tyrant, the mother is ignorant, one daughter teases mercilessly, her sister is sweet but a bit spoiled, etc.

I don’t mean to say that those images don’t tell a story in their own right, but rather that, having read Mahfouz’s Cairo trilogy, it’s easy f Many wonderful writers have taken me to exotic locales, but one who has been in my thoughts a great deal lately is Naguib Mahfous. She’d created a lively, sociable, warm atmosphere for the several children. The trilogy follows the life of the Cairene patriarch Al-Sayyid Mr. The Cairo Trilogy It may seem unreal or fake in the book, but it is true.

The Cairo Trilogy

Yes, this book does kind of deal with that, but I found that the very way the author writes was equally sexist. The French philosopher Henri Bergson, whose theories of time and duration influenced Mahfouz, gets mentioned.

A variety of scenes add to a picture of each character and of Cairene society. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons—the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal.

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Even so, Mahfouz still manages to make us feel some sympathy for these people. Perhaps time has not only moved on, it seems to be moving faster with the ages. The Cairo Trilogy Arabic: The three novels represent three eras of Cairene socio-political life, a microcosm of early 20th century Egypt, through the life of one well-off Cairo merchant, his children and his grandchildren. My dad really loved this book, but I’m kind of lukewarm on it, which makes me sad.


Next came a period of social realism as seen in novels like Midaq Alleyan entertainingly vivid depiction of cxiro alleyways of calro youth and the extraordinary characters that inhabit them: Unable to criticise it, he preferred to remain silent.

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A practice very common here still because most woman don’t marry for love, a recent development in marraige, they marry for security 2. The second novel, Qasr al-Shawqis named after the street where his eldest son Yasin and his family live, whereas the third, Al-Sukkariyyais named after the street where his daughter Khadijah and her family live. I often felt that I was being beat up by one caido event frilogy another.

Now it is disturbing but more progressive, better for ordinary people – and therefore better for me also, as one who likes his fellow humans. Mahfouz’s reaction was to give up writing novels for five years. In the family, we first see an introduction to each character, and then weddings start coming fast and furious; and then a series of crises.

The absolute patriarch of the family Al-Sayyid Ahmad ‘Abd al-Jawad is almost impossible from a modern point of view. Sons Kamal and Yasin are essentially bureaucrats; Kamal is a teacher, but he is a government employee for whom the dreams of writing are fulfilled only as a hobby. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The history of Cairo across these years and therefore these books includes a lot of politics.

I wonder where would they be now. Al-Sayyid Ahmad embodies someone who thinks he is free to do anything he wants without consequence, while at the same time he forbids others from the same behavior.

View all 13 comments. He wrote more than 30 novels. Four aspects stand out: I absolutely hated the father of the family, I think I never hated a character in a book that much. And there are a lot of allusions to popular songs and political figures of the day which might seem familiar to someone who is part of the culture and cryptic to someone who is not. This is the fort of Najib Mahfoudh The three volumes describe in minute detail the daily events in a middle-class Egyptian family, recording for history as no other book does, a way of life that has disappeared under the impact of western influence and the pressures of modern life.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. I found most of Palace of Desire very gripping, but there were a few disappointments. Some cultural significance might be lost in the western mind who is unfamiliar with Egyptian culture.

Jun 15, Tsung rated it it was amazing. The Best Books of For a brief period, he seems to have changed from his philandering and dissolute ways.

The Trilogy quickly became a bestseller in nagiib Arab world, and those who could caro read it came to know its characters through the films that were made of it; that it could also be appreciated outside its own cultural confines is shown by the fact that in the United States the Trilogy achieved sales of more thancopies. Gordimer’s writing has long dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Everything that I love and hate about Egyptian Culture is told beautifully in this somewhat “daytime soap” drama.

Coulter rated it really liked it Shelves: His genius is not just that he shows us Egyptian colonial society in all its complexity; it is that he makes us look through the vision of his vivid characters and see people and ideas that no longer seem alien.

They have their moments of contentment, as well as moments of disillusionment. The family trilgoy of 3 sons.