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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Amina, who is present on the first page has the temerity to defy her husband and pays a price, yet demonstrates growth in stature within the family.

Al-Sayyid Ahmad is a shopkeeper, but by the end he simply gives up the business, unable to pass it down to anyone.

But he eventually gives in to his carnal nature, pursuing the much younger Zanuba, as though he was chasing after his lost youth.

The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street

Khadijah, his elder daughter, is most like Amina and her second in command. That was a nice historical touch. Sep 24, Maria rated it it was amazing. Besides, class and property were two existing realities that he had not created himself, no more than his father or grandfather had.

Confrontations with change tend to be unpleasant: A combination of struggle and science could wipe out these absurdities that separated people from each other. Views Read Edit View history. 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. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.


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Sep 21, Phrodrick rated it it was amazing. Superficially his life resembles that of his nephew Ridwan, the beautiful son of his brother Yasin. On his retirement he joined the group of distinguished writers, among whom was the playwright Tawfik al-Hakim, at Egypt’s leading newspaper al-Ahram.

Reading the books,I felt that I was living in those streets of”Al Sukareyya” or “Kasr Al Shawq” and knew the characters who became part of my family or my friends through more than pages I could live and breath with them layer after layer I even had tears in my eyes after the death of my favourite character at the end of the first book”Bayn Al Qasrayn” In short the 3 books are sad painful but ironical simple yet deep.

All the same they have been recognized officially, and the country will be governed according to their results. The women in this book were almost always cartoonish, described by their attractiveness, or their virtue, or perhaps their lack thereof, with little effort made to get into what actually made them tick.

I am somewhat at a loss to know how to review this work, as I think that to really understand it, you need to know something about Egyptian history and Islamic culture.

With all this change, the Al-Sayyid family at risk of being left behind. The myriad characters and events are handled with great skill and the writer is seen throughout to be in complete control of his material.

By night, he carouses, drinks, and engages in adultery. I really have a strong distaste for parts of the current arabic culture, which alternately villifies and sanctifies women, with nothing in between.


Part of this relationship is observed by his youngest son, if I remember correctly.

Mahfouz has captured a family and its homeland at one gloriously varied moment in a cycle. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

The Cairo Trilogy – Naguib Mahfouz

The family consists of 3 sons. He reveals to us the essence of their souls so that we might seek to turn a mirror on ourselves and examine what it is in each of us that yearns for a better understanding of humanity and what it means to be human. Refresh and try again. For a fuller discussion of the concept of World Literature you are invited to look into the extended discussion in the new book Spiritus Mundi, by Robert Sheppard, one of the principal themes of which is the emergence and evolution of World Literature: In addition, the dialogue of the natives suggests that this may have been insufficient and that the world is now “adrift in the frilogy.

The story of a traditional Egyptian family in Cairo against the political and social upheavals of the late teens, 20s and 30s.

Naguib Mahfouz

Most clearly I remember the scene where the family patriarch, upright, moral and dignified to his own family, ‘marries’ a prostitute and has a raucous party with his cronies.

The subplots are much shorter and do not necessarily have a conclusion.

I was also disappointed in Khadija.