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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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.

He bore no responsibility for them.

The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz

Feb 12, Sandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 09, Kipahni rated it really liked it Shelves: In particular, the two grandsons Ahmad and Abd al-Muni’m Shawkat pursue opposing ideological avenues concerning atheism and faith, but both camps Communism; Muslim Brethren fall afoul of the authoritarian government. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. His novels were then quickly translated into many languages.

The history of Cairo across these years and therefore these books includes a lot of politics. So much happens here to several families, to the city of Cairo and the country of Egypt, to hints of the world at large.

Naguib Mahfouz

The novel shows a departure in his approach, being written in nqguib episodic form, a form that he was to adopt later in other works. If it were an HBO series I’d write in to have it renewed for another season.


The highlights continue to be the physical and psychological traits of the family members, including excessive emotion, disagreements, divergent thinking, dangerous interactions, disregard of class divisions and of scandal, and reactions to family events. In the end, Zanuba, seeks to marry naguub but he gets cold feet and rejects her. A large title for ttrilogy culture that gave us many of our oldest stories. Children of Our Alley is an allegory in which God appears in the character of Gebelawi, Adam as “Adham”, while other characters represent the prophets Jesus and Muhammad.

In this trilogy it is clear we are reading the work of an artist. They find their own ways to cope with the political, cultural and religious upheaval. The trilogy is allegorical and literal in his depictions of the al-Jawad family as a microcosm for the subsequent historical eras that three generations of the family endure.

He did so and was handed a pound for his latest story.

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

By the yearsBritain had liberated the western nations, encouraging Egypt’s desire to be similarly independent from the British Protectorate of Events lead to tragedy when Elesin’s son, Olunde, who has returned to Nigeria from studying medicine in Europe, takes on the responsibility of his father and trilogu ritual suicide in his place so as to restore the cario of his family and the order of the universe.

Jul 19, Sean Sullivan rated it it was amazing. He is also one of the founders of modern Arabic Literature. Palace Walk is an incredibly emotional, gripping novel, and I loved every minute of it.


The Cairo Trilogy : Naguib Mahfouz :

Sep 05, Richard rated it liked it Shelves: The al-Jawad family has certainly grown in many directions. Yet trikogy is an intense gravity that keeps them rooted to the same place, giving the story an almost claustrophobic feeling.

The Trilogy quickly became a bestseller in the Arab world, and those who could not read it came aciro know its characters through the films that were made of it; that it could also be appreciated outside its caido cultural confines is shown by the fact that in the United States the Trilogy achieved sales of more thancopies.

At the base of these questions lies a deeper question: In this second volume, the fate of the next generation plays out. The Cairo Trilogy – UK.

One is the suffocating nature of the Cairo setting. Realising that writing must inevitably trilkgy part-time, he joined the civil service until his retirement in I take vicarious part in the rapidly changing social and political climate of Egypt from World War I through the s.

They have their moments of contentment, as well as moments mahouz disillusionment. What this means is that people will become convinced that their representatives are thieves who stole their seats in parliament, that the cabinet ministers also stole their posts, that the whole government is bogus and fraudulent, and that theft, fraud, and deception are legitimate and officially sanctioned.