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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Book I Palace Walk: The contrast between religious and less observant Muslims becomes obvious and begins to set both family and societal stories in motion. And even in the relative safety and isolation of the house it is clear that the world is not standing still.

Palace Walk: Cairo Trilogy (1)

Politics, politicians and political unrest mark out the chronology of this book. He seemed to have turned from his degenerate ways initially. Naguib Mahfouz Arabic author profile: This proved to be a wise choice as the first book, Palace Walk, sets the stage for the other two by introducing the major players, setting the stage for the unrest in Egypt and in Cairo itself, under the power of British rule early in the 20th century.

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Jul 19, Sean Sullivan rated it it was amazing. Kamal’s disavowal of religion places him in conflict with his father, who pledges the fundamentalist tenets of Islam. The country desires independence and freedom. The Cairo Trilogy – US. This book was the least entertaining of the three with lots of politics and self-realizations of short-comings. He is most often compared to a camel, often as a complement, not always.


It’s better for the people to be humiliated than for them to be intoxicated by a government they love and trust, if it does not fulfill their true wishes. I found most of Palace of Desire very gripping, but there were a few disappointments.

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

She suffers because of her lack of physical beauty and is rather bitter and caustic. They lead imperfect but safe, secure, comfortable caito. Amina’s life and personality is the lifeblood of the homelife of the family, bracketed by the scenes of the coffee hour and Amina on the roof overlooking the city.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. What was far worse was his utter disrespect for Maryam by haguib Zanuba to his home and getting caught. Also by Naguib Mahfouz. I look forward to continuing with the trilogy.

The evolution of society and culture are also highlighted. Retrieved from ” https: Then, they talk about the movies. He reveals to us the essence of their souls so that we might seek to turn a mirror on ourselves and examine what it is in each of us that yearns for a better understanding of humanity and what it means to be human.


Conrad, Greene; and Castro Soromenho. I did feel, though, at a bit of a disadvantage that kept me from perhaps engaging with the story as much as I would have liked to. Egypt and society are in flux, forever moving and no one is on solid footing. Palace of Desire focuses on Kamal’s plight as mafhouz central figure of the second generation.

All these are threshold problems of large proportions. According to a Yoruba tradition, the death nagubi a chief must be followed by the ritual suicide of the chief’s horseman, because the horseman’s spirit is essential to helping the chief’s spirit ascend to the afterlife. He has also taught at the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Yale.

Want to Read saving…. There is a hopeful sign as Yasin goes out with Kamal to buy clothes for the new baby. He continued to live in his modest flat in the middle-class district of Agouza with his wife and two daughters and changed nothing in his daily routine. That was a nice historical touch. Books by Naguib Mahfouz.