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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For example, the patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad, is unyielding in his authority over his family at the beginning of volume 1. Mahfouz was disillusioned by the revolution and the repressive era that it introduced. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

The trilogy is very heavy on dialogue, as well as resorting to a considerable amount of interior dialogue so that one learns what the characters are really thinking, but wouldn’t ever dare say. Stay in Touch Sign up.

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

The same as all the siblings, Kamal is terrified of his father. 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.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. His very first at writing fiction were short stories, which he was delighted to find being accepted and appearing in print. However much people and place mirror the life of the writer, the creativity is in the presentation of the story rather than adherence to the objective facts. Mahfouz also rendered Arabic literature a great service by developing, over the years, a form of language in which many of the archaisms and cliches that had become fashionable were discarded, a language that could serve as an adequate instrument for the writing of fiction in these times.


We accompany her into the “closed cage formed by the wooden latticework” and stand beside her, watching her turn her face “right and left while she peeked out through the tiny, round openings of the latticework panels that protected her from being seen from the street. The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. Various human behaviors insincerity; personal characteristics; generational conflict; observances of faith; regard for respectability as a brake on complete freedom can seem familiar.

The first novel, Bayn al-Qasraynis named after the medieval Cairo street in the Gamaliya district where the strict socially conservative protagonist, Ahmad ‘Abd al-Jawad, and his family live.

The Cairo Trilogy – Naguib Mahfouz

Much of the novel— especially from the second volume onward—finds the entire family in a liminal state modeled externally by Aisha and internally by Kamal. Over the half of a year that I’ve read these three books this family has become part of me, through their humanity and their flaws.

There is familial love, but socially sanctioned extreme male dominance. Were it to reclaim its rightful place in Africa, this literature would undoubtedly include such great writers as Naguib Mafouz, the Nobel Prize laureate from Egypt, as well as his fellow Nobel laureate Albert Camus, of Algerian origin, amoungst many others.

Much of his writing has been concerned with “the oppressive boot and the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it. Want to Read saving…. I still am a little puzzled why Mhafouz makes some of his woman characters such lustful, sex crazed woman, but I think that too is chalked up to culture One of the prevailing reasons FGM is still practiced is because woman are considered more sexually active and will have uncontrolled lust if she doesn’t have the procedure done All in all a pretty acurate look into the society aciro Egypt during the early revolutionary years ish He ciro dealt a humiliating blow as she weds his friend Hasan instead.

Aisha, his younger daughter, is pretty and coquettish. Meanwhile, it is Fuad, the son of his triloyg assistant whom al-Sayyid Ahmad helped to educate, who enjoys the greatest professional success in this new world.


Arabic Treasures: how The Cairo Trilogy is a family saga for the ages

In this trilogy it is clear we are reading the work of an artist. A variety of scenes add to a picture of each character and of Cairene society.

The contrast between religious and less observant Muslims becomes obvious and trklogy to set both family and societal stories in motion. If we are to focus on the universal, than is the context of observant Muslim a matter of making reader view their own lives from a different point of view?

The scenario of family life changes as the father cannot deny independence of choice to his adult sons. The Cairo Trilogy begins at a very leisurely pace, with Mahfouz focussing on simple family routine and a seemingly unchanging everyday life. The Nobel Prize-winning writer’s masterwork is the engrossing story cairi a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain’s occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Arabic Treasures: how The Cairo Trilogy is a family saga for the ages – The National

Among his family by day, he acts like a man of stern principles and devout prayer. Finally, something to ponder: Retrieved from ” https: I found it both fascinating and frustrating to spend time with Amina as she waited for her husband to come home after an evening out drinking with his friends.

He also highlights one other theme of the novel with his popularization of western philosophy as Egyptian nationalism grows and the culture of Ahmad’s family is buffeted haguib the new ideas. Particularly touching and revelatory is a scene where Ahmad becomes the doting grandfather demonstrating a side of his character that we did not see in the first novel of the trilogy.