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The Cairo Trilogy
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street | Naguib Mahfouz
Naguib Mahfouzs magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prizewinning writers masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britains occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century. 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 sonsthe tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. Al-Sayyid Ahmads 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 1920s. Sugar Street brings Mahfouzs 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 familys 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.
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Naguib Mahfouz won the Noble Prize for Literature 29 years ago. #novemberbythenumbers

JoeStalksBeck Good one!!!! 5y
Leftcoastzen Nice edition, need to find this one or the first in the trilogy. 5y
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Just a few Everyman Library editions "taking the air" on the patio this fine fall day. #riotgrams #booksinnature