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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And even in the relative safety and isolation of the house it is clear that the world is not standing still. So isn’t an ordinary man to be excused if he renounces lofty principles and morality and believes in deceit and opportunism? I read the three volumes, with some time in between each one, over several months, and I wrote reviews for each book as I read it: With the death of Al-Sayyid his wife Amina is all alone.
He then alternated between periods of exile due to his criticism of the corruption of the Nigerian government, and periods of return to Nigeria until his death this year. At the same time, not all families operate in this same way.
Mahfouz has the gift of creating memorable characters. Perhaps the most poignant for me was the plight of Amina. Readers feel as though they are experiencing emotions through a kaleidoscope.
Despite this, this is a wonderful read; full of life, uncertainty, confusion and desire.
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street
At the base of these questions lies a deeper question: Nov 18, Mahfluz marked it as to-read. His very first at writing fiction were short stories, which he was nauib to find being accepted and appearing in print. His wife and children use different strategies to wriggle out from beneath the iron fist of their husband and father, not all o This trilogy narrates the rise and fall of the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, a tyrannical hypocrite who oppresses his wife, terrorizes his children and leads a life of debauchery on the sly.
This book focusses on desire: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. She was cloaked in a stillness at times stained by sorrow — like seawater that during a momentary calm becomes kahfouz enough to reveal what is beneath the surface.
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After several affairs and scandals, Yasin attempts to find monogamy with his second wife Zaynab, but again he fails to do so. That was a nice historical touch. The Cairo Trilogy is a very broad tapestry, and it does fray at the edges: HardcoverEveryman’s Librarypages. It testifies on behalf of the world against amhfouz adversaries.
So as a Western, Christian reader, I am at a disadvantage. He might be drawn from Mahfouz’s own father; and the character of the youngest son Kamal might be the character most like Mahfouz himself.
Arabic Treasures: how The Cairo Trilogy is a family saga for the ages – The National
He received a traditional education at a kuttab Koranic schoolthen at primary and secondary schools, where he read many of the great works of classical Arabic literature and mastered the Arabic language with its complicated grammar and syntax. The succeeding generation, however, tries to take the next steps: The central figure spanning all three volumes is the imposing patriarch, Ahmad Abd al-Jawad.
For example, the patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad, is unyielding in his authority over his family at the beginning of volume 1. This both draws me into the story and makes it hard to gaze at it. This book, as entertainment, lags a bit behind Palace Walk because of the lamenting of lost love and the talk of politics. I enjoyed the discussion of the early career of Umm Kalthoum. Activist, marches and riots; violent suppression and back room maneuvers each have more than a few paragraphs.
Looking for beautiful books? This is a long saga, but there are almost no lulls — almost always one wants to know more, rather than to move on. For me, the most satisfying aspect of the three books is the cerebral insight in which Mahfouz investigates each major character throughout the successive generations.
Some cultural significance might be lost in the western mind who is unfamiliar with Egyptian culture. The main point is that you’d Forget about the Nobel Prize for a minute. Perhaps the most unbelievable aspect of the novel is his children’s unquestioning adoration of their father: Palace of Desire Drama! He did so and was handed a pound for his latest story.
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He dominates over his household with the authority of a tyrannical king. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? 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. The most obvious is the tyrannical Al-Sayyid iron-fisted rule over his family. To view it, click here. Ahmad latches onto Karim’s ideas and supports the mission of The New Man to confront the fanatics, while at the same time promoting scientific mentality.
He somehow manages to strike an odd balance between licentiousness and religiosity.
Seen as a child in the first novel, a university student in the second, and a teacher, not married, in the third, Kamal loses his faith in religion, in love, and in traditions and lives in the second and third novels as an outsider in his own society. What was far worse was his utter disrespect for Maryam by bringing Zanuba to his home and getting caught. Many wonderful writers have taken me to triloyg locales, but one who has been in my thoughts a great deal lately is Naguib Mahfous.
What I love about this novel is how it reflects aspects of my own life and character—usually painfully! Among the minor annoyances: