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The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons—the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. The family’s trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two world wars, as change comes to a society that has resisted it for centuries.


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It’s the most read work for me. Which I do not feel bored with it at all, and how can it not be? It is great to my dear: Naguib Mahfouz.

In silence very quiet night, Egyptian woman stood up and the wait for her husbands views on the top corner of the street, stood in Mashrabia eager, and the listener is enjoying the sight of the street neighborhood spring, and which cuts between them and him are many reasons, no longer have only voyeurism between now and then.

Introduction similar to those line Naguib Mahfouzs greatest novelist Arabic text books in history, opening the door to a humanitarian drama very ineffable grandeur.

Do you know, when you read the first part of Triple novelist that :you are standing in front of (Amina), which manipulated emotionsand puts you in the heart of the worldly and the movement you complete sensations without any shortage Did you know that (Mr. Ahmed Jawad) will represent you strong obsession ambivalence cute combine orgy and reverence.

Did you know that the Egyptian Statistics family will open a door of a wider doors and the fertile period of Egyptian history fertile time.

Control and power in the destiny of the family and the conduct of its affairs control, natural and spontaneous events live with all the various groups and classes and details of the characterization of what is beautiful, all of this mixture in a humanitarian epic of high style.

Sure, you will live the most beautiful moments of reading at all and as you read this work, moments Stgbarak to integrate with the characters of the novel and vulnerability. Stdg of lightness under family men and meek Sidadtha stainless revolt at any moment.

Youll learn recipes society and how the lives of his family, is going to feel their sense of national interest and deep faith.

Will live with the events of the great revolution of 1919 and will be transferred to you words and letters with all the versatility that great revolutionary patriotism that has spread like wildfire, well see how people deal with all categories and their communities deal with the revolution that reaches almost to perfection.

Whatever the degree of reading and viewing pleasure and Tmaskk to tears you will not only have to cry at the end of this part will not only feel terrible sadness toward (Secretary) and lyrics (Ahmed) capable of influencing the stone:

(Is this really your end, my son? .. My dear unhappy son! .. AMINA .. Our son was killed, Fahmi was killed .. oh .. will he give the command preventing screaming also ordered the prevention of joy before? .. Or shout out for your own ? or mother will call screamers?!. .... will never show him .. not his body, and his coffin, what a Cruelty ?, I see him in the palace but you will not see )


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Una semana y media me ha acompañado esta novela de una cierta extensión. Por momentos, se me ha hecho larga, aunque ahora tecleo mis impresiones bajo la emoción del final. Un final triste, en la línea de los clásicos (hoy en día se estilan los finales o más alegres o, al menos, agridulces).

¿Qué sensaciones me ha dejado la historia? Las que ahora siento, tristeza y cariño por los protagonistas. Y, durante el desarrollo de los acontecimientos, indignación frecuente por el exceso de machismo retratado. ¿Significa eso que Mahfouz me parece machista? ¡De ninguna manera! El autor me ha parecido imparcial; simplemente, un retratista de su sociedad, tal como él se la imaginó unas décadas antes del momento en que escribía. Porque Mahfouz escribió esta novela a mediados de los años cincuenta, y la sitúa entre 1917 y 1919 (o sea, que también se trata de novela histórica).

Es la segunda obra que leo de este autor. Y ya era hora: leí El callejón de los milagros hace tantos años que he perdido la cuenta. Aquella otra novela me pareció una colmena que retrataba las múltiples vidas de un callejón. Esta otra estaba más centrada en las vicisitudes de una familia.

La historia comienza por retratar a Amina, la madre del clan familiar. De inmediato se le coge cariño por su sencillez y profunda convicción.

Después se retrata al patriarca, Ahmad Abd el-Gawwad. Un hombre con dos caras: su carácter afable y conciliador con los amigos, y el implacable cabeza de familia, a la que gobierna con despotismo y mano de hierro.

Y vienen después los cinco hijos (tres varones y dos hembras) y todo el vecindario en que se desarrollan esas vidas (la excepción es la madre, Amina, que solo tiene una vida: la de los muros del hogar).

Los personajes que más se me han entrañado son, aparte de los padres, Yasín, el hijo mayor de un primer matrimonio; Jadiga, la primogénita de Amina, nariguda y de lengua viperina, y Kamal, el chiquitín de la familia, que anda en torno a los diez años de edad. Otros protagonistas son la hija bonita (Aisha) y el joven idealista (Fahmi). Además, aparecen diversos personajes de los círculos del patriarca, del barrio y de la familia.

Yasín, el hijo de un anterior matrimonio, me ha revuelto las tripas no por una supuesta maldad, sino por su egoísmo y por representar los peores estereotipos que atribuimos al mundo árabe. En realidad, no es del todo mal tipo. Es, simplemente, egoísta y víctima (y verdugo) de una forma conservadora de concebir el mundo.

Y quizás, el que más cariño me ha despertado es Kamal, el pequeño de la familia: vivaracho y niño de los de antes, con todas sus ingenuidades (los de hoy en día nacen ya sabiendo latín y griego).

¿Recomendaría este libro? ¡Definitivamente! Y entonces, ¿seguiré avanzando con la trilogía de El Cairo? Sí, seguiré. Pero, de momento, me embarga la cautela. Tardaré algunos tiempos en regresar a Mahfouz. De momento, no sé qué diablos de próximo libro quiero. Pero también sé que no quiero abusar de más de lo mismo.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Sitting in the garden of my friend Jim yesterday with several other readers we were discussing this novel by the Nobel-prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz. Everyone agreed that it was a good read and perhaps even a great book. The reasons center on the characters Mahfouz has created and their relationships--their story. he story is one which takes you back to Cairo, Egypt during the Great War. Palace Walk is set in Cairo, and covers the time between 1917 and the Egyptian revolution of 1919. Most of the book, however, is set inside a single house, both a haven and an isolated island. The family is devoutly Muslim and each of the members, mother, Father, three sons and two daughters are distinct personalities with a story and a life to live. While the novel begins slowly, Mahfouz has complete control and uses this control to slowly increase the speed at which events occur to stir the pot, as they say. The meaning of time and its effect on the world is one of the major themes of the novel.
While it is a patriarchal society with a tyrannical Al-Sayyid Ahmad abd al-Jawad, the father, at the head of the family he sees his control diminishing as events overtake him, both within and without the family. The youngest child, his son Kamal, is easily the most likable family member and functions, in part, as a go-between the older male and female family members because at ten years of age he is young enough to be accepted in both realms. However, in this strict Muslim family the women are kept separate from the men and the mother, Amina, in particular maintains a subordinate role to her husband but does not rebel, for the most part, that is until her one mistake which shakes up the household and her relationships. But, rather than discuss specific events I would suggest that the success of the book depends upon the authors ability to maintain both control and a balance of the narrative that is exceptional in literature. The book reminds one of Eliots Middlemarch both in this sense and in its portrayal of the breadth of society with many diverse characters interacting to present a complete world for the reader. The author does this with a subtlety and ease that makes this a delightful novel. The result is the readers desire to continue on to read the subsequent two novels that continue this story and form the complete @Cairo Trilogy@.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I started this book in November and then read a little bit in December and finally finished it in January. This novel is best described as an engrossing saga of a Muslim family in the early 1900s. The characters situations and places are described in heavy detail, which make the story very realistic even though it is fiction. The reader can get the full effects of lif in Egypt at this time and the oppressive life for women and for the Egyptian people. Palace Walk is the fir novel of the trilogy and Im looking forward to see where Mahfouz takes us in Palace of Desire. Word of warning the father Ahmad is insupportable and even more so when juxtaposed with his sweet endearing subservient wife Amina. An interesting look into family dynamics, Egyptian culture, marriage, women/mens roles, etc.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
“Men have the right to anything they want and women have a duty to obey” is the philosophy upon which this cast of characters operates, and it sets the stage for moral outrage on the part of western readers, and self destruction on the part of some characters as their world is torn asunder with change.

Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, a successful shopkeeper living in the Cairo neighbourhood of Palace Walk, is literally the king of his domain, ruling his family with a fundamentalist fist, while living a profligate life outside of it by engaging in wine, women and song. He is out every evening boozing, partying and womanizing. Yet his wife, Amina, is only allowed to leave the house to visit her sick mother. His two grown-up daughters do not go to school and have to live in the same confined quarters with their mother. His three sons have greater freedom of movement (they get to go to school or to work) but dare not challenge their father on any issue, least of all on his choice of their future wives.

Understandably, this repression leads to combustion. Yasin the eldest son, takes on his father’s taste for sexual intrigue but can only get it on with women of the lower classes; the middle son Fahmy joins the revolutionary movement sweeping Egypt at the culmination of WWI when the country wants to be free of being a British protectorate, and Kamal, the youngest, whom I thought could have been an semi-autobiographical clone of the writer, is the free spirit who roams about pouting indiscriminate and naive statements that get his older siblings into trouble with their father. The daughters, the unattractive and caustic Khadija, and the beautiful but vain Aisha, are solely pre-occupied with getting married to someone of their social class who can liberate them from their father’s clutches even if to render them prisoners once more within their future husband’s family. The interesting fact is that both the men and the women of the al-Jawad household are stable within this role-based life and no one is seen to be doing anything wrong, least of all Ahmad in the eyes of his women-folk.

In this insulated household, how does Amina conceal an accident that causes her injury when visiting a mosque she was forbidden to visit, how does Yasin deal with being caught sleeping with his wife’s maid, how does Fahmy disguise ‘handing out pamphlets’ from his father, and how does Ahmad himself explain to the British military why he is out late at night during a curfew? The answer is to lie. Concealment becomes second nature within this family.

And then life intervenes into Ahmad’s perfect world. Ahmad who is willing to support nationalism from a distance as long as it does not interfere with his lifestyle or family, is gradually drawn into the changes that are sweeping across his country and pays a huge price; and so does his family. The book leaves him suffering but enlightened and not yet out for the count (there are two more books in this trilogy) and one is curious to see where Ahmad and his way of life will end up as the country matures and goes through yet another world war and more upheaval in the Middle East. Not very far I would conclude, even after nearly a hundred years, considering that Egypt went through another convulsion to expel a dictatorial regime this year, and has launched a website called Harass Net to combat the sexual harassment of women.

I found the writing sensitively rendered but laboured. The omniscient narrator plumbs deep into the minds, hearts and motives of each of the principle characters, leaving little to the reader’s imagination. There is dialogue followed by explanation of the dialogue, then more dialogue and more explanation and I wondered whether the English translation suffers due to the original text being in classical Arabic. And yet some scenes are diabolic (Ahmad expelling his injured wife from his house) and others hilarious (Ahmad seducing the actress Zubayda with a delicate mixture of poetry, innuendo and fawning).

Nevertheless, I continued through this very long book, engaged with this family, dysfunctional though it may appear by western standards, whose members, including our anti-hero Ahmad, have endearing sides to them. Ahmad emerges from the pages as a truly unforgettable literary character, warts and all. After all, how can you fault a benign sociopath who believes that he is doing the right thing?

Perhaps, in consenting to this English translation, Naguib Mahfouz was trying to caution westerners to beware of trying to bridge cultures with political interference, wars, education or trade. Perhaps each culture needs its own route to evolution and should be judged on its own merits.


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