This first volume in the 1988 Nobel Prize winner's Cairo Trilogy describes the disintegrating family life of a tyrannical, prosperous merchant, his timid wife and their rebellious children in post-WW I Egypt. "Mahfouz is a master at building up dramatic scenes and at portraying complex characters in depth," lauded PW.
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This extraordinary novel provides a close look into Cairo society at the end of World War I. Mahfouz's vehicle for this examination is the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad, a middle-class merchant who runs his family strictly according to the Qur'an and directs his own behavior according to his desires. Consequently, while his wife and two daughters remain cloistered at home, and his three sons live in fear of his harsh will, al-Sayyid Ahmad nightly explores the pleasures of Cairo. Written by the first Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize, Palace Walk begins Mahfouz's highly acclaimed "Cairo Trilogy," which follows Egypt's development from 1917 to nationalism and Nasser in the 1950s. This novel's enchanting style and sweeping social tapestry ensure a large audience, one that will eagerly await the English translation of the entire trilogy. A significant addition to any collection. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/89.
- Paul E. Hutchison, Fishermans Paradise, Bellefonte, Pa.
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I learned a lot about life in Egypt around the time of the first world war and the views of the Egyptians toward the... Read more
The book arrived in good condition and the contents of which were quite scandalous. Thanks OPR McGillicuddy Bookshop of New Grimshire, Massachusetts, you made my day!!!Published on Dec 7 2009 by R. Michael Hill
This novel is the 4th Mahfouz that I have read and though I've loved them all, this one stands out as a masterpiece. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by L. Dann
An intimate story of a family and a community in early twentieth century Cairo. Mahfouz has a gift for vividly portraying the wide spectrum of human emotion. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
Wow. Wow, wow, wow, what a masterpiece. Nagib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize (the first Arab author so honored), popularized the craft of the novel in the Arab world, and gained... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Peggy Vincent
This is the first novel in the trilogy of books that was a major reason that Mahfouz managed to win the Nobel Prize in literature. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Richard Wright
How do I pronounce those Egyptian proper names? Which word is the given name;which word is the surname;what do the other parts of the name mean? Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by Virginia L. Tubbs
I have had a copy of Palace Walk in my book pile for about 10 years, but finally got around to reading it. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002 by debra crosby
I only finished this book because I had chosen it for my book club, based on all the wonderful reviews it had received. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2002 by artemis