Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy
Palace Walk is the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who... show more
Palace Walk is the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.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 Kamal. 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.Translated by William Maynard Hutchins and Olive E. Kenny
Publish date: November 29th 2011
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
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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.