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Palace Walk (CairoTrilogy, Bk 1)
Palace Walk - CairoTrilogy, Bk 1
Author: Naguib Mahfouz, William Maynard Hutchins (Translator), Olive E. Kenny (Translator)
The first volume in Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy looks into the lives of the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad, a merchant who forces his family to follow strict religious rules while he follows his desires, sampling the alluring nightlife of the city. The story is set in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1900s. — &nb...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385264662
ISBN-10: 0385264666
Publication Date: 12/1/1990
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Palace Walk (CairoTrilogy, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Was style lost in translation? The writing is stiff and lifeless, quite academic, perhaps a faithful translation of the writing, but a failure in capturing any vitality. Alas, I do not read Arabic, so I do not know if the original is more compelling--after all, Mahfouz did win the Nobel prize for literature!
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Helpful Score: 3
By happenstance, I found myself reading this book even as the Russian-Georgian conflict of most recent memory was being played out. The book provides some background into that conflict and, for this and many other reasons, I found it interesting. It is well written. It's a good story which also provides perspective on a way of life very different from the lives of many of us. I recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
In Palace Walk (the name refers to a major street in the old part of Cairo), Mahfouz details the process of modernization in Egypt from the ground up through the story of a single Cairene family, the 'Abd al-Jawads, in the course of a single year, 1919. 1988 Nobel prize winner translated from Arabic.
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really couldn't get into this book
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too dense to get through, but probably a good beach read.
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A wonderful book with a great picture of how life used to be for Egyptian women, especially. I enjoyed it the most of the three books in the trilogy.