In this second volume of Nobel laureate Mahfouz's Cairo trilogy, a tyrannical father discovers that his mistress has secretly married his just-divorced son. "A masterpiece, albeit a wordy, very leisurely one, this family saga is well served by a scintillating translation that exposes English-language readers to an Egyptian Balzac," said PW.
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Al-Sayyid Ahmad is mellowing as he leaves middle age. As this second novel of "The Cairo Trilogy" opens, he is ending his self-imposed abstention from liquor and women, begun five years earlier upon the death of his son, Fahmy. With shouts of joy, his friends welcome him back to their nightly revels, and al-Sayyid Ahmad promtly begins a new love affair. Meanwhile, his children are struggling with life beyond their father's domination. Yasin is twice divorced and incapable of resisting any woman. The two married daughters are split by an open feud. And Kamal, the intellectual center of this novel, enters college, where he suffers the three furies of religion, science, and romance. Through all these avenues, Mahfouz pursues his fascinating examination of Cairo's Islamic culture as it opens to modern influences. This novel continues the outstanding quality of this trilogy, leaving readers anxious for the final volume.
-Paul E. Hutchison, Pequea, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A continuation of Palace Walk, the story seemed to drag on. I found Kamal's intellectual transformations interesting, but quickly tired of Yasin's escapades and the focus on men... Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
While this book could be read on it's own, I highly suggest reading Palace Walk first, as it is a sequel. Read morePublished on July 13 2003 by Imperial Topaz
As a college teacher trying to help American students to understand why we are not universally popular in the Middle East, I have found that fiction works better than any number of... Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by sally a mcnall
I absolutely LOVED Palace Walk, and couldn't wait to read the second book of the trilogy. But unlike the first, I found myself reading the same page over and over again until I... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 1999
Mafouz has won the nobel prize for literature so I'm surprised I'm the first one here. This family is engaging and the way of life in Cairo almost palpable in this trilogy. Read morePublished on July 9 1999
A marvellous sequel to "Palace Walk". It's a book about love, religion, despair, love, life and love once more. Read morePublished on June 11 1999 by Ahmet E. Gumrukcuoglu