Publish date: 1991
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages no: 498
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Nobel Prize
Series: The Cairo Trilogy (#1)
A very smart, moving novel about a very dysfunctional family in Cairo, Egypt during the British occupation, and the events leading up to the 1919 Revolution. I found it to be a compelling novel, and while the main character of Ahmad is one of the most despicable that I've ever come across, I found m...
What interest me most in this book is the totally completely difference in culture (including religion / set of belief) from me, myself, and mine. In some ways, it's a little bit shocking when I am reading it through a character's perspective. I know these beliefs of certain standards in culture /...
First line - She woke at midnight.Well, it turns out that I have read this before; a L-O-N-G time ago, and obviously not very thoroughly, however pivotal plot points (PPP? haha) come as no surprise. In my previous read I must have started to become interested when the red stripe man comes into play....
Bad writing? Bad translation? Both?
This is a poignant story of the lives of a religious Muslim family in the Cairo of the British occupation in the early 20th century. It took me a few chapters to get attached to the characters, but then I was hooked and will want to read the rest of the trilogy.
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