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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The arrests of both Abd al Muni’m and Ahmad bring this monumental work to a close.

To his family, he’s an exceedingly conservative, unsmiling, stern patriarch, but to his associates and friends he’s the life of the party every night. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. An interesting quote relating to the changing times: I found it both fascinating and frustrating to spend time with Amina as she waited for her husband to come home after an evening out drinking with his friends.

The reader is drawn into this family. The stories are more mahcouz, rotating between different characters, primarily involving the third generation of the Al-Sayyid family. The narrative is primarily internal and character-driven, rather than focused on action—but the story does include a number of spectacular actions. See all books by Naguib Mahfouz. Seen as a child in the first novel, a university student in the second, and a teacher, not married, in the third, Kamal loses his faith in religion, in love, and in traditions and lives in the second and third novels as an outsider in his own society.

The only calro things were the streets on which they lived. Book I Palace Walk: His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The evolution of society and culture are also highlighted. I made the decision to read all three books at mahdouz go, using a generous reading schedule.


Whatever the case, I am thankful to have discovered another triogy novelist, who opens up for me new cultural and historical vistas and perspectives. And yet inevitable changes occur: On the opposing side of these ideologies is Ahmad. In other words, Ahmad portrays himself as everything he is not, just as the historical backdrop of the trilogy shows how the free reign of British colonialism to do whatever it wants is anything but free of guilt.

The Cairo Trilogy

The result is a family saga immensely rich in its range of personalities. Some, especially the limited role of women outside the household, they have great difficulties with, but each generation advances with the times.

However much people and place mirror the life of the writer, the creativity is in the presentation of the story rather than adherence to the objective facts. 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.

It’s natural that otherwise devout men find discrete ways to enjoy the forbidden: I am somewhat at a loss to know how to review this work, as I think that to really understand it, you need to know something about Egyptian history and Islamic culture. In the third volume, one grandchild, Ahmad complains: Aisha, his younger daughter, is pretty and coquettish. The parents, al-Sayyid Ahmad and his wife, Amina, are dominating figures, especially for their children. The people desire to wrestle themselves free but there are high costs.


It is difficult to discuss this book without revealing a whole lot mahgouz spoilers. They lead imperfect but safe, secure, comfortable lives. It was the novel that brought its author into conflict with Egypt’s religious authorities. I was also disappointed in Khadija.

Its features became part of his consciousness and are brought to life in some of his early realistic novels and, more particularly, in The Cairo Trilogy on which, trjlogy in the Arab world and in the west, his fame in great part rests. It is the tragic story of a Nigerian yam naguin and tribal leader Okonkwo, who, ashamed of his weak and unsuccessful father sets out to prove himself strong, successful and respected in his tribe.

Even the aforementioned father. There are certainly pages that might better have been edited out.

Cairo Trilogy – Wikipedia

Reading the books,I felt that I was living in those streets of”Al Sukareyya” or “Kasr Al Shawq” and knew the characters who became part of my family or my friends through more than pages I could live and breath with them layer after layer I even had tears in my eyes after the death of my favourite character at the end of the first book”Bayn Al Qasrayn” In short the 3 books are sad painful but ironical simple yet deep.

This is not a sole focus caairo the book, but be ready for many pages of political discussion.

The country desires independence and freedom.

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