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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Many wonderful writers have taken me to exotic locales, but one who has been in my thoughts a great deal lately is Naguib Mahfous.

Cairo Trilogy – Wikipedia

In the third volume, mahfou grandchild, Ahmad complains: He interestingly uses internal dialogue, mimics Shakespeare with jesting between king Pasha and fool Mihranturns fiction into commentary about politics and philosophy, evokes autobiographical interest, and if nothing else creates a cornucopia of characters in compelling situations.

By using this site, you agree to the Triloy of Use and Privacy Policy. I made the decision to read all three books at one go, using a generous reading schedule. The trilogy is very heavy on dialogue, as well as resorting to a considerable amount of interior dialogue so that one learns what the characters are really thinking, but wouldn’t ever dare say.

Palace Walk: Cairo Trilogy (1)

Although he may be the ruler of the family, the one who enables it to function from day to day is his hard-working, slavishly docile and incredibly submissive wife, Amina. Its head of the house is a prosperous bourgeois merchant of a religious home. Jul 19, Sean Sullivan rated it it was amazing. On top and what drives the story are its colourful characters and triloyg they interact with each other.

The Cairo Trilogy is a master work. The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky. I have no excuse, and my missing him until now is only further proof that there ttilogy too many books waiting to be discovered in this world.

Published October 16th by Everyman’s Library first published Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Palace Walk The first of the three books is set around the time of the first Egyptian revolution of From a literary point of view, Mahfouz mahfou ornaments his narrative rather self-consciously with similes and metaphors.


Naguib Mahfouz

Quotes from The Cairo Trilogy Neither the fame nor the considerable monetary reward afforded by the Nobel Prize altered his life. Palace of Caifo Drama! I take vicarious part in the rapidly changing social and political climate of Egypt from World War I through the mahfkuz. The al-Jawad family has certainly grown in many directions.

The country desires independence and freedom. He is most often compared to a camel, often as a complement, not always. Other books in the series. This is the fort mahfoyz Najib Mahfoudh 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.

The Cairo Trilogy – Naguib Mahfouz

Soyinka has strongly criticised many Nigerian military dictators, especially late General Sanni Abacha, as well as other political tyrannies, including the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. The complete review ‘s Review:.

May 03, Chris Moriarty rated it it was amazing.

However, I enjoyed this family, its characters and the direction that their futures were taking. However, with his aging and with the influence of modernity on his beliefs, he is shown as capable of changing. It’s better for the people to be mahfoz than for them to be intoxicated by a government they love and trust, if it does not fulfill their true wishes.

Ignorance is your crime, ignorance It is a story with three layers. What this means is that people will become convinced that their representatives are thieves who stole their seats in parliament, that the cabinet ministers also stole their posts, that the whole government is bogus and fraudulent, and that theft, fraud, and deception are legitimate and officially sanctioned. I absolutely hated the father of the family, I think I never hated a character in a book that much.

Jun 19, Mabfouz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Little things like the layout of the house on Palace walk being a typical design of Cairene middle class families and a nod to the needs of its female house hold would be lost except for being mentioned in the introduction.


Among his family by day, he acts like a man of stern principles and devout prayer. Yes, this book does kind of deal with that, but I found that the very way the author writes was equally sexist. The only immutable things were the streets on which they lived. He might be drawn from Mahfouz’s own father; and the character of the youngest nahuib Kamal might be the character most like Mahfouz himself. Egyptian hopes went unfulfilled for many frustrated, angry years even after the Egyptian Revolution Whichever way a critic chooses to assess the three books that comprise The Cairo Trilogy Palace WalkPalace of Desireand Sugar Street one arrives at a similar conclusion: If it were an HBO series I’d write in to have it renewed for another season.

Four aspects stand out: In this book, Kamal becomes the primary protagonist—which is no surprise, since I assume he is meant to stand for Mahfouz himself. A fictional African writer Wole Obatala discourses on the nature of African Literature and several chapters focus on the honeymoon trip of Sartorius and his wife Eva from Kenya to Johannisburg.

The highlights continue to be the physical and psychological traits of the family members, including excessive emotion, disagreements, divergent thinking, dangerous interactions, disregard of class divisions and of scandal, and reactions to family events. Most amazingly, almost miraculously, every character is sympathetic. At the base of these questions lies a deeper question: The Cairo Trilogy is a very broad tapestry, and it does fray at the edges: Yet his hypocrisy is dually noted early on in the narrative, as he is also a man of uninhibited indulgence.

trillgy For me, the most satisfying aspect of the three books is the cerebral insight in which Mahfouz investigates each major character throughout the successive generations.