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بين القصرين نادية لطفي طب وانا مالي by Somaia El Ashal Stream بين القصرين نادية لطفي طب وانا مالي by Somaia El Ashal from desktop or your mobile device Impasse des deux palais بين القصرين | Institut du monde Ligne Jussieu Ligne Cardinal Lemoine ; Lignes ; Stations n n n بين القصرين رواية لـ نجيب محفوظ مكتبة نور لتحميل الكتب نجيب محفوظ المؤلف كتاب بين القصرين رواية لـ نجيب محفوظ والمؤلف لـ كتب أخرى نجيب محفوظ عبد العزيز إبراهيم أحمد الباشا ديسمبر – أغسطس ، والمعروف باسمه الأدبي نجيب محفوظ، وهو روائي، وكاتب مصري يُعد أول مصري بين القصرين مسلسل Wikiwand مسلسل بين القصرين هو مسلسل مصري تم انتاجه عام من بطولة محمود مرسي وهدى سلطان، ومن سيناريو محسن زايد الذي تناول فيها الجزء الأول من سلسلة ثلاثية نجيب محفوظ الجزء التالي للمسلسل هو قصر الشوق صدر عام بالعامية المصرية| بين القصرين أين هو؟ | Travel Net كلنا بنسمع عن منطقة اسمها بين القصرين، لكن في ناس كتير متعرفش فين المنطقة دي وإيه حكاية القصرين وإيه اللي كان بينهم، علشان نعرف أصل الحكايه لازم نرجع مع بين القصرين رواية المعرفة عنوان الرواية بين القصرين اسم لأحد شوارع القاهرة الشعبية القديمة، تجري أحداثها عشية ثورة المصرية وتروي قصة حياة أسرة منتمية إلى طبقة برجوازية تجارية صغرى، متمسكة بالعادات والتقاليد، وشخصيتها المركزية الأب السيد طه حسين ورواية بين القصرين | المصري اليوم استقبل القراء والنقاد رواية بين القصرين بحفاوة كبيرة لم تحظَ بها أى رواية أخرى لنجيب محفوظ من قبل ومن بعد، واكتمل هذا الاحتفاء عندما أصدر نجيب محفوظ الجزء الثانى قصر الشوق، والجزء الثالث السكرية، ولكن بين بين القصرين توضيح ويكيبيديا بين القصرين القاهرة بين القصرين رواية كتاب من تأليف نجيب محفوظ بين القصرين مسرحية بين القصرين فيلم بين القصرين مسلسل ولاية القصرين التعريف بالولاية يقع تراب ولاية القصرين على ارتفاع يتراوح بين و متر وبها أعلى قمة بالبلاد التونسية جبل الشعانبي معطيات جغرافية تنتمي ولاية القصرين للسباسب العليا وتقع بالوسط الغربي للبلاد التونسية بالصوربين القصرين شارع من زمن نجيب محفوظ تحولات كثيرة شهدها بين القصرين الذي تحولت تسميته إلى شارع المُعز، وهو المكان العبق الذي وجد فيه الأديب العالمي نجيب محفوظ الكثير من السحر الذي نفذ في أغلب أعماله لاسيما رواية بين القصرين إحدى أضلاع ثلاثيته الشهيرة بين القصرين نادية لطفي طب وانا مالي by Somaia El Ashal Stream بين القصرين نادية لطفي طب وانا مالي by Somaia El Ashal from desktop or your mobile device Impasse des deux palais بين القصرين | Institut du monde Ligne Jussieu Ligne Cardinal Lemoine ; Lignes ; Stations n n n بين القصرين رواية لـ نجيب محفوظ مكتبة نور لتحميل الكتب نجيب محفوظ المؤلف كتاب بين القصرين رواية لـ نجيب محفوظ والمؤلف لـ كتب أخرى نجيب محفوظ عبد العزيز إبراهيم أحمد الباشا ديسمبر – أغسطس ، والمعروف باسمه الأدبي نجيب محفوظ، وهو روائي، وكاتب مصري يُعد أول مصري بين القصرين مسلسل Wikiwand مسلسل بين القصرين هو مسلسل مصري تم انتاجه عام من بطولة محمود مرسي وهدى سلطان، ومن سيناريو محسن زايد الذي تناول فيها الجزء الأول من سلسلة ثلاثية نجيب محفوظ الجزء التالي للمسلسل هو قصر الشوق صدر عام تحميل و قراءة رواية بين القصرين كتب PDF مع أطيب التمنيات بالفائدة والمتعة كتاب بين القصرين كتاب إلكتروني من قسم كتب روايات عربية للكاتب نجيب محفوظبامكانك قراءته اونلاين او تحميله مجاناً على جهازك لتصفحه بدون اتصال بالانترنت الملف من نوع pdf بامكانك بالصور شارع بين القصرين مسرح نجيب محفوظ المفتوح بين القصرين سابقا شارع المُعز حاليا بطاقة تعارف تصف واحدا من أهم شوارع القاهرة التاريخية بمنطقة الحسين، التي ولد وتربى فيها الأديب العالمي الكبير نجيب محفوظ بين القصرين رواية المعرفة عنوان الرواية بين القصرين اسم لأحد شوارع القاهرة الشعبية القديمة، تجري أحداثها عشية ثورة المصرية وتروي قصة حياة أسرة منتمية إلى طبقة برجوازية تجارية صغرى، متمسكة بالعادات والتقاليد، وشخصيتها المركزية الأب السيد عوالم نجيب محفوظ بين القصرين رواية عن ثورة بين القصرين سابقاً شارع المعز حالياً شارع بين القصرين هو شارع حقيقي في وسط القاهرة القديمة على بعد بضع دقائق من مسجد الحسين، لكن تغير اسمه في السنوات الأخيرة وأصبح شارع المعز مسلسل بين القصرينالحلقة تدور أحداث هذا المسلسل المصري الاجتماعي في شارع الحلمية الذي يعد أحد رموز مصر القديمة والحديثة إذ يرصد حياة الناس وتفاعلاتهم خلال فترة ممتدة من الزمن في ظل متغيرات اقتصادية وسياسية واجتماعية كثيرة وت بالصوربين القصرين شارع من زمن نجيب محفوظ تحولات كثيرة شهدها بين القصرين الذي تحولت تسميته إلى شارع المُعز، وهو المكان العبق الذي وجد فيه الأديب العالمي نجيب محفوظ الكثير من السحر الذي نفذ في أغلب أعماله لاسيما رواية بين القصرين إحدى أضلاع ثلاثيته الشهيرة


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  1. says:

    The story of a tyrannical father in Cairo at the time of World War I He belongs to the ultraconservative Muslim Hanbali sect His wife sits outside his bedroom door each morning waiting to be called in to help him dress His four children two girls three boys kiss his hand each morning He keeps his boys in line by beating them on the soles of their feet His children and his wife cannot ask him a uestion unless they first ask his permission to speak They call him ‘sir’ even his wife And yet they all think and say they love him The patriarch is 45; his wife is 39 She married him when she was 14 He says to his wife “You’re just a woman and no woman has a fully developed mind” She and her daughters are basically prisoners in their house A maid goes to market and does errands They do not attend religious services The only exceptions are twice a year visits accompanied by the man to his wife’s mother’s house and rare visits to a next door neighbor’s home His wife considers his drinking his single evil She thinks even the women he consorts with are better than what his father did – take multiple wives He owns a goods shop to which he goes everyday to keep the books He does not reappear at home until after his carousing with his good male friends booze and women despite his supposed strong religious beliefs Outside the home he’s the life of the party His wife waits up for him to help him to bed His eldest son a legal secretary was born to another woman he divorced Of course in that culture the child stays with the father The son now in his early 20’s and his father are disgusted by the fact that the boy’s mother has had two other husbands since the divorce and is considering a third marriage The oldest boy gets married but he is just like his father in his drinking and womanizing But the new wife won’t put up with him Essentially the oldest son takes too much after his father When the young man’s wife asks for a divorce the oldest son thinks “There was nothing strange about a man casting out a pair of shoes but shoes were not supposed to throw away their owner”There’s a lot of action that keeps the story moving almost like a soap opera There are three weddings Two daughters move out; a daughter in law moves in The youngest boy is always in trouble with childish adventures The middle son a law school student secretly take part in the demonstrations for Egyptian independence and he hands out leaflets While his father supports the petition for independence his son has to keep his activities secret from his father The British military sets up an encampment in their street Palace Walk to clamp down on demonstrations The Egyptians are particularly upset by the brutality of Australian soldiers It’s WW I so the Australians are helping Britain hold on to its colonies while the regular British army fights in Europe The story ends in a tragedy There is good writing “for love is like health It is taken lightly when present and cherished when it departs”“When you son grows up make him your brother”Some nitpicking why give us three characters with the names Zubayda Zanuba and Zaynab?The author Naguib Mahfouz is regarded as the classic man of Egyptian letters and the one who brought the modern novel to Egyptian readers Mahfouz has been compared to the giants of nineteenth century European realism such as Dickens and Balzac He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1988 And the author was stabbed in the neck by a religious fanatic carrying out a fatwa because of the heresy of his writings The author survived Most of his novels are about modern Egypt and he is best known for his Cairo Trilogy Many of his novels are set in small neighborhoods that are worlds unto themselves such as this book Mida Alley which I reviewed and his Cairo Trilogy All in all a very good read It’s a long book 500 pages but it’s fascinating to learn the daily details of how an Egyptian household lived at this time even if it was not a typical household There is a lot of action as I said above like a soap opera so that keeps the story moving Top photo of Cairo around 1910 from gettyimagescom; middle photo from egyptianstreetscomPhoto of the author from egypttodaycom


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    The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz is a work of Tolstoyan proportions drawing a picture of a place during a certain period through its portrayal of a large number of well developed complex characters Though mostly it is a story of a joint family it expands into the political and socio religious arena of its times There is a lot to this book than I will go into this review of its the first installment of the trilogy Palace WalkThe writing in the first few and last few chapters is simply beautiful The omniscient narrator is a lot like that of Mida Alley constantly chasing after the thought processes of his characters without making any moral judgments One word that you won't see NF use a lot is 'should' unless he is recounting words or actions of his charactersThe amorality of the narrator works for me most of the time but sometimes it is really irritating particularly initially when he is talking about double standards of al Sayyid Ahmad When it comes to running his family Ahmed is uite a traditionalist even for his own times the 1910s and 1920s 'strict' the polite word for oppressive both as husband and father; so much that his second wife Amina isn't allowed to leave the house without his permission even after nearly two decades of marriage When she give in to the temptation to visit a pilgrimage place in the city which she hadn't seen in all these years; he punishes her by throwing her out of the house And this same traditionalist Ahmed becomes a womanizer a drinker and music player when out among his friends He doesn't have any problem in taking liberty with the religious values when it comes to his own joy but the rest of his family is not allowed to Despite this hypocrisy another word I can't imagine NF ever using for his characters I still felt for him towards the endAt least one reviewer has claimed about the submissiveness of Amina But one must remember that she found no support not in religion she was deeply religious not with her husband not in the society the fate of Ahmed's first wife shows what little chance women of liberal spirits had of approval not even her mother who tells her to thank God that her husband is not taking another wifeIt is a case of 'three men make a tiger' it is very difficult to believe in your own truth when so many people are disagreeing with you Amina's conditioning is so complete or was it out of jealousy or some need of self justification that she did her bit to make sure that her daughter in law too must have the same house arrested life as she has she actually blames her daughter in law of overreacting when the later asked for a divorce on grounds of her husband's adulteryYasin is Ahmed's son from his first marriage He dislikes his mother for her adulteries however when he discovers his father's sensual pleasures he is filled with pride another example of how social pressures are stronger on women Later despite being a womanizer he decided to mend his ways after his marriage and be loyal to his wife He wants to enjoy his marriage life like any young man would however Ahmed's conservative standards won't allow him to take his wife out for even cinemas And thus he turns back to womanizingPerhaps that gives an insight into Ahmed's character too maybe he too would have been honest to his wife if he wasn't that big a traditionalist As it is he doesn't even seem to know her A friend once gave me a theory of how boys learn the concept of 'male dominant head' figure from their fathers as in 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' I don't completely agree I think it is also about if boys spend enough time with mothers or other model females in their early childhood to be able to see life from their POVBut I think Ahmed seems to have this concept of 'male dominant figure' He thinks he must that he is figuratively duty bound to show anger towards his wife and children he isn't of that temperament by nature; to maintain a 'respectable' distance from them; to hide his sentimental side and so onAnyways there are a lot of other characters as well Some of other main character are Amina's four children from youngest to oldest Kamal the kid Supposed to be a doppelganger of NF himself as the novel is a fictionalization of his childhoodAisha the barbie doll of the story that is a beautiful thin teenage blonde with blue eyes A great romantic and loves singing in her beautiful voiceKhadija the not so beautiful one my favorite because of how she can torture people with her sarcasm She doesn't let the envy for her sister to overshadow her love for same though she had sufficient reasons and is awarded for itFahmy the idealist student has an old style look from far no touching no talking kind of love affair with his neighbor participates in political struggleUnlike Yasin both Kamal and Fahmy being attached to their mother from their childhood have far better views of women than Kamal which proves I was correct Well I always am


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    Two years ago I spotted Palace Walk in a bookshelf and thought that this might be an interesting read because the last time I encountered a story that has something to do with Muslim culture was in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and that was it Still I always strive to expand my preferences and immerse myself on literature that is culturally diverse than I'm used to In all honesty I also selected to buy this particular book because of the Nobel Prize Awardee label attached to it So trusting that alone I essentially went blind purchasing this novel not knowing what to expect I didn't even research about the book afterwards and only done so once I finally finished it last night during a four day Holy Week vacation at a beach resort In addition to reading Magneto Testament which I just finished under an hour Palace Walk has filled my humid sea drenched days with unexpected humor and entertainment each time I turn its pages because this was actually a witty book filled with cultural and psychological insights on a lifestyle and struggle I was never very familiar with but could very much deeply relate to nonetheless It was rather shocking for me then to be this insatiably riveted about a novel that mainly derives its drama and development from one family that's composed of some of the most well rounded compelling and sympathetic characters I have ever come across in literature I was mistaken to believe this is going to be an intimidating and difficult novel to peruse through much like The Kite Runner which could be gruelling and depressing at times I really thought this would be challenging in a sense that its exploration or themes would be dark and serious but I was pleased to have been misled by that first impression Palace Walk is an utter delight and a novel I can definitely say is very much character centered in its approach and exposition Writer Naguib Mafouz found his story's core strength and purpose by ensuring that these characters that readers would get to spend time with are always engaging and vibrant that we never stopped caring about them for a second I may not always agree with certain characters' habits temperament and actions but Mafouz has shown brilliant calibre because he managed to infuse just the right details concerning their personal lives that readers can't help but sympathize with them anyway Set in 1917 in Cairo Egypt during the first World War the novel could have stressed and divulged on the political climate which had engulfed the place and its constituents at the time but in all honesty we never truly touch upon that until the last hundred pages or so of this five hundred paged book What the writer chose to dwell on instead is the Abd al Jawad family who is the integral part of the overall narrative structure for Palace Walk The author spent a great majority of the story tackling the inner conflicts and dynamics present within this household with the father al Sayyid Ahmad his doting and subservient wife Amina and their three sons Yasin Fahmy and Kamal and two daughters Khadija and Aisha Their individual roles personalities and relationships with each other never fail to be a source of not only endless amusement for me but also substantial reflections about social issues As awfully entertaining Palace Walk has been in the way the writer dwelt with much of the interactions and scenes using wit and humor Mafouz was also able to tackle general sensitive issues with sheer elegance and understanding and they concern mostly of the submissive parts that women in general play during that time as dictated by their religious practices as well as the pronounced gender dichotomy and bias that are so ridiculous through our modern perception by now Now I have never considered myself a staunch feminist but it did make me wonder if there are particular scenarios in this book that might possibly offend me if I did view it as a feminist in the first place which by the way I never claimed to be My own socio political leanings aside I was still very much appalled with the fact that the Muslim women in this book are not allowed to go to school or learn issues from the outside world Their needs must always coincide with the men in their family and their duties and fulfilment should always be centered around domesticity and homemaking I think this has always been the case though some Islam based countries have started to radically change these old world practices But taking into account the times this book was written in I suppose I can understand why this is the way women are portrayed because it's an honest depiction of the lives they led at the time Regardless I believe Mahfouz has written these themes with surprising optimism that blended so well with the tactful way he approached the issue I never felt bad for the women In fact I developed genuine admiration for them with the way they managed to find the smallest joys even if I can't for the life of me imagine living such a heavily restricted existence where I'm not allowed to study in school form my opinions and speak my mind make my own choices and find a career other than being a housewife and mother I try to avoid contextualizing my modern sensibilities as I read Palace Walk though and doing so has made me enjoyed the novel and the characters a lot For me to futher illustrate this gender dichotomy for this review let's take the mother Amina as an example She is one of my top favorites and I find her to be impressive in spirit and character She is virtuous and steadfast in her devotion to her philandering husband and possesses a naturally curious mind that never truly realizes its potentials only because of the limitations that precede her gender Her only means to learn about new information is through her sons who adore her enough to include her in their intellectual debates and discussions some of the time It was mentioned later on that there are women who are allowed by their husbands to go outside every once in a while but Amina's husband al Sayyid Ahmad is just too much of a conservative and controlling patriarch that wants to dominate everyone in his household The thing that really pisses me off about this man is that he's a hypocrite He maintains a false façade around his family while living a completely hedonistic life when he's around his co workers and multiple lovers Later on I began to pity him because he was always so concerned about keeping up appearances that his children have only known how to fear him and not love him That's I think is the greatest tragedy for a father but I don't think he will ever realize this nor is it a concern of his As for the children I really loved the eldest daughter Khadija and the youngest Kamal Khadija is definitely relatable because she is opinionated and shows a lot of intelligence which sadly only gets to shine through her deflective use of sarcasm to cover up her insecurities Much of her conflict revolves around being unmarried at twenty and the preference of suitors and potentials husbands to her younger sister Aisha whom I find only remarkable in beauty and not in personality Kamal on the other hand is inuisitive and playful always living in his imagination and daydreams which makes him often a problem for his family I love him very much though because of his inclination to learn and his outward sunny disposition even if his father disapproves of him as well as his affectionate relationships with his mother and sisters which I hope will stay the same even when he grows older The older two sons Yasin and Fahmy are well written characters themselves Yasin is the son from al Sayyid Ahmad's first marriage and he is probably the closest one who mirrors his father in a lot of ways mostly his unflattering and vain ualities such as the way he perceives women and wrongly asserts his morality for the sake of a false sense of masculine security Again as much as I dislike both of these men I can understand why they believe they have a right to live their lives according only to their pleasure and whims with callous disregard of the way their loved ones would feel Meanwhile Fahmy is the second son who is an aspiring lawyer and is very much interested to involve himself in the inner workings of politics which I think could lead to some potentially disastrous results especially since they are living during wartime I like Fahmy enough because aside from Kamal who is still fairly young he doesn't seem to be that preoccupied with lustful adventures unlike his father and brother and finds satisfaction in scholarly matters Still the truth remains that the gender dichotomy that their culture and society permeates is harmful in this sense I believe Though the men are free to be who they want to be they are still eually oppressed because they also feel that they have to play parts that serve to hide who they are and how they feel inside all for the sake of machismo and patriarchy Basically the selling point of this novel is that it's well balanced; there are light and funny parts as well as serious discussions about religion and political strife; all the while the author himself took much care and sensitivity in regards to the way he characterized his protagonists in the context of their own belief systems that may not always be agreeable but were articulated authentically enough to merit some contemplation This book is also part of a trilogy and I will certainly pick up the next two books because I am intrigued and invested on the world that Mahfouz has created Palace Walk excels in the exploration of the day to day pressures self reflection and relationships of its characters As a reader I can't help but care about their welfare even with Yasin and al Sayyid Ahmad whom I only have lukewarm feelings for I was able to celebrate the joys and despair the losses that these characters experienced as I glided comfortably through the pages and I think that alone makes this novel very commendable and worth the read Overall Palace Walk is humorous insightful and easily enjoyable If you like character centered plots and family drama in general then this book might appeal to you It doesn't take itself that seriously and when it does it can be warm and sublime in a lot of aspects allowing readers to appreciate and value the richness of their own beliefs and idiosyncrasies as contrasted or reflected by the Abd al Jawad family's own RECOMMENDED 810DO READ MY REVIEWS AT


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    The Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz is by far the best work of fiction that I have read this year and is now one of my top ten favourite novels The Palace Walk is the first volume of “The Cairo Trilogy” It centers on the life of an Egyptian Muslim family living through the period between the end of World War I and the beginning of the 1919 revolution against British rule a time of dramatic change in Egypt The novel is an engrossing story of epic proportions Each character is examined individually and as a cog in the machine of this interesting Muslim family There is the patriarchal father that rules with an iron fist the mother who has not left her house in over two decades and male and female children all with their own dreams who have to conform to a ruthless father and a hypocritical society Just as you are really getting to know the Ahmad family the novel turns towards the 1919 revolution against British rule and its repercussions Here the structure of the family starts to crack and ultimately they will never be the sameThis is powerfully moving novel I waited a month to review this book to see if its influence had worn off of me but it has not I continue to think about its characters and wonder what will happen to them I will read the next two volumes of this trilogy and I look forward to every wordIf you read “The Palace Walk” in English then you are reading a translation but even the translation is a work of art I cannot even begin to contemplate what it must be like to read it in Arabic The prose is both beautiful and powerful – a pleasure to contemplate By the way we have Jackie Kennedy Onassis to thank for getting this work published She read Mahfouz in French and encouraged the publishers she worked for at Double Day to translate “The Cairo Trilogy” into English''He could not imagine that the world of the emotions had infiltrated the atmosphere of his home which he vigilantly strove to keep one of stern purity and immaculate innocence


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    About thirty years ago I worked in the Production department of Delacorte Books for Young Readers One of the many lovely side benefits of the job was the endless supply of books that floated around the place I vacuumed the Cairo Trilogy up as it appeared in the halls outside the doors of the various production managersThe first of three books about deeply if mendaciously pious Al Sayyid Ahmad's family his abused and long suffering wife Amina whose position as his favorite target of rage and venom leads to shocking behavior; his sons Yasin whose sensual appetites are unleashed early in the story; Kamal youngest and most left alone a Westernized scholarly man seeking Truth and Knowledge where his father wants him to seek a job; and Fahdy the wild eyed passionate revolutionary whose fate kicks off a major series of changes in the family's life; his daughters Well now Author Mahfouz put a surprising amount of thought into these womenKhadija the eldest daughter isn't snapped up on the marriage marketshe's a wild sparking woman in a world where just being a woman is grounds for suspicion of ill intent Thus her younger sister Aisha much to their world's taste has to decline a marriage proposal as their father will not countenance the younger marrying before the older As she's like Amina than her father where Khadija is the reverse the reader knows she won't die an old maid And she doesn't But believe me her arc is pretty damn dull The whole family petit bourgeois brats that they are don't ever need to wonder where their food is coming from and can indulge themselves in frivolous idiocy like religion and whoring around Two of the boys are politically deviant; one is a sexual predator Unusually for the day Yasin the predator actually suffers for his conducthe loses his place in their society But much like Rabbit Angstrom of Rabbit Run he doesn't see the trade off as a come down The revolutionary sons are the ones who come out best and when the events of Egypt's Revolution occur with their bitter conseuences for Ahmad and Amina's whole family the truth is they're all better off for itAnd I don't think all but one of them knows itWhat a fantabulous exciting amazing ride this story is I offer one warning Don't start reading this book without having all three on hand The sudsy but satisfying story is justly famous in the Arabic speaking world


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    The Nobel Prize in Literature 1988 was awarded to Naguib Mahfouz who through works rich in nuance now clear sightedly realistic now evocatively ambiguous has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankindThese words hold true here; they fit this novel well Palace Walk is the first in a series of three entitled The Cairo Trilogy It was published in 1956 but didn’t come out in English until 1990The story is about a Muslim Arab family living in Cairo It opens in 1917 during the First World War It ends in 1919 carrying the story through the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 Wiki It is a book of historical fiction but it is first and foremost about family The family consists of the tyrannical father a shopkeeper and his subservient wife He goes by the name of al Sayyid Ahmad Abd al Jawad Her name is Amina They have five children Yasin the eldest son of twenty one born to the father’s earlier wife Khadija the sharp tongued eldest daughter of twenty Fahmy a politically oriented student of law eighteen years of age Aisha the pretty blonde haired blue eyed youngest daughter of sixteen and Kamal a rambunctious schoolboy of nine Add to this a longtime employed maid—Umm Hanafi Four are of the marrying age—so of course we see if they marry and if so whom It is not hard to keep track of who is who despite Arabic names This is because each on is so distinct Characters are nuanced even the horrid licentious dictatorial father The members of the family have different personalities; there is not a chance of mixing them up They bicker and yet it is evident they dearly love each other too What they say to each other feels very real When the story is over you think—this is a wonderful story that shows what it is to be family It is a story focused on character portrayalThe ending is just as it should be It doesn’t end with a cliff hanger Pick up the next in the series or don’t; it’s up to you I am left with a warm good feeling of what family is all about The ending is both realistic and optimistic—a mix of sweet and sad good and badNeil Shah narrates the audiobook His narration I have given three stars When we are told what is happening who does this and who does that the narration is fine It is clear and read at an easy to follow pace However in the dialogues when the different characters speak Shah uses different intonations These intonations I detest Thy are alternately screechy or gruff and exaggerated I averaged out the good and the bad and have ended up with three stars for the narration I like this book a lot It gives an accurate description of family any family It also gives the reader a feeling for life in Cairo at the beginning of the 20th century You get a feel for the time and place culture and traditions are well drawn Naguib Mahfouz is a Nobel Prize winner that I do recommend Look again at the reason given for why he won the prize Those words tell you what you will get


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    She told him frankly that he was excessively conservative in his treatment of his family It was abnormal When I started reading this I was immediately reminded of nineteenth century classics such as Middlemarch or Trollope's Palliser Novels a story where 'the marriage plot' is supreme and where an extended family's dramas play out against a background of political change But reading the introduction after I'd finished I see that Mahfouz himself cites The Forsyte Saga as one of his influences a series I haven't yet read but I have seen the TV miniseries and that's illuminating since those books chart the final throes of a late Victorian middle class patriarch and his family's move into modernity It's an apposite model for this book only here the story is doubly fascinating for the insight into an Egyptian family in Cairo in the last years of both WW1 and the British Protectorate I see from the reviews that many people loathe the father Ahmad Abd al Jawad for his tyranny over his family as well as for what has been read as hypocrisy in keeping his wife and daughters constrained within the house while he goes out at night drinking with his mistresses of which there are uite a few across the book but he's actually a far complex character than this I don't want to give spoilers but the deep and rounded nature of Ahmad's personality is one of the highlights of the book Surrounding him are his young family three sons two daughters three of whom get married in the book and so bring spouses to the extended family Inter generational politics are freuently fraught as the generations as is their wont fail to understand each other tensions made sharp by the fact of living in the same household The seriousness is often tempered by humour especially from charming young Kamal the baby of the family It's especially fascinating to see life through the eyes of the female characters they no want or expect to go outside have an education or do anything other than marry and have children than Jane Austen's heroines dream of becoming doctors or lawyers All the same there are small moments of subversion such as when a husband takes his wife out to a scandalous night show or when a woman asks for her own divorce Patriarchal power may not be collapsing but it's certainly being snipped away atBut alongside this story of a family is a figurative portrait the sometimes brutal behaviour of the head of the family can be read as a comment on British colonialism which has its own patriarchal edge The attempts by the sons to assert their independence away from their father's conservative values work as a stand in for Egypt and the country's search for its own national identity This doubled reading comes to the fore especially in the final third when after the 1918 armistice agitation for Egyptian independence becomes acute and the revolution in the streets is matched by a number of crises in the family The ending is unsatisfyingly unfinished but I understand that that's because what is now The Cairo Trilogy Palace Walk Palace of Desire Sugar Street was originally one book deemed unpublishable Mahfouz was forced to divide it into three volumes that Victorian structure again So this is merely chapter one with the story continuing in Palace of Desire


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    One of the best books I've read


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    The way love can disregard fears however is an age old wonder No fear is able to spoil love's development or keep it from dreaming of its appointed hourPalace Walk is a sweeping realist survey of a middle class family in Cairo The novel covers two years or so from 1917 19 culminating in the Egyptian Revolution which overthrew the British Protectorate The Abd al Jawad family is dominated by the father an ostensibly pious man who forbids his wife and two daughters from being seen much less actually leaving this house Yet this pillar of propriety is predisposed to nocturnal boozing and whoring So it goes His three sons uiver in his presence but all harbor hopes for both emancipation as well as approval yet another family paradoxDespite it being penned in the 1950s this is a realist novel with little modernist trickery There is a gentle core to this tale


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    This is a story of tyranny in the name of protection showing us a political oppressor and a familial one While the British exercise control over the Egyptians in Cairo Al Sayyid Ahmad does the same over his wife and children behind the walls of their home overlooking Palace Walk We come to understand Ahmad and his family and learn what may be behind the desire to control and the impacts that control can haveMahfouz uses beautiful poetic language to tell this story of parallels He is a master of the simile—I’ve never seen anything like it Similes that bring a scene to life “When he heard his father’s voice calling him it sounded like whips cracking”Lecherous similes “His eyes ran over her body as uickly and greedily as a mouse on a sack of rice looking for a place to get in”Some that are incredibly touching “An anxious heart is like a string that’s out of tune”And some that are disturbing “Lust surged inside him the way a ravenously hungry man’s mouth waters when his nose smells meat being broiled for him”And this brings me to my one complaint about this book Like many readers I found the extreme and pervasive oppression of women disturbing “Which of them was the man and which the woman? There was nothing strange about a man casting out a pair of shoes but shoes were not supposed to throw away their owner”And what really got to me was the way this treatment was justified by religion Even lasciviousness and debauchery were intertwined with the repetition of religious precepts in a way I found repellent Some stories put you inside a character’s depraved mind but this one had multiple such characters and there was a lot of focus on the depravity which hampered my enjoyment of an otherwise gorgeous reading experienceStill there’s no denying Palace Walk is a masterpiece and I may not be able to resist moving on to rest of the trilogy