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|Author: Naguib Mahfouz
This is Mahfouz's magnificent epic
trilogy of colonial Egypt. The Nobel
Prize-winning writer's masterwork
is the engrossing story of a Muslim
family in Cairo during Britain's occupation
of Egypt in the early decades of the
The novels of The Cairo Trilogy
trace three generations of the family
of tyrannical patriarch Al-Sayyid
Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his
household with a strict hand while
living a secret life of self-indulgence.
- 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
- Al-Sayyid Ahmad's rebellious children
struggle to move beyond his domination
in Palace of Desire,
as the world around them opens to
the currents of modernity and political
and domestic turmoil brought by the
- Sugar Street brings
Mahfouz's vivid tapestry of an evolving
Egypt to a dramatic climax as the
aging patriarch sees one grandson
become a Communist, one a Muslim
fundamentalist, and one the lover
of a powerful politician.
Throughout the trilogy, the family's
trials mirror those of their turbulent
country during the years spanning
the two World Wars, as change comes
to a society that has resisted it
for centuries. Filled with compelling
drama, earthy humor, and remarkable
insight, The Cairo Trilogy is the
achievement of a master storyteller.
|From Library Journal about Palace
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. This novel's enchanting
style and sweeping social tapestry ensure a large audience, one that will
eagerly await the English translation of the entire trilogy. A significant
addition to any collection.
- Paul E. Hutchison, Fishermans Paradise, Bellefonte, Pa.
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||Palace of Desire