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The Dreams Hardcover – Mar 1 2005


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Auc Press; 1 edition (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 977424866X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774248665
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,430,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I was riding my bicycle from one place to another, driven by hunger, in search of a restaurant fit for my limited means. Read the first page
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dreams of a literary giant! Aug. 1 2009
By Rev4u - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Egyptian Nobel Laureate Mahfouz, who was nearly assassinated in 1994 at the age of eighty-two, survived the attempt on his life and lived twelve more years, long enough to compose a book about his post-assassination dreams.

The late Mahfouz transcribed these dreams with captivating lyrics shrouded with mystery, and developed his actual reveries into short stories.

The book consists of a series of allegories connected to the attempt on his life, as well as previous experiences of people he knew, places he went, situations he faced, all laced with the ominous political atmosphere in which he lived in.

Unlike Freud, Mahfouz recited his dreams without interpretations, and left it up to the reader to construe the content and to decipher the enigma.

The two hundred and six scenes he dictated to his secretary are obscure, perplexing, and concise. He frequently began the vision with joy, nostalgia, and astonishment and ended in horror, uncertainty, and confusion. His dreams are a troubling mixture of the deceptively ordinary, and the frightfully eccentric constituting ten years of everyday experience.

You have to be a Mahfouz fan and an avid reader of his literature in order to appreciate this volume. Otherwise, you might find it boring and confusing. Overall, the book will present an interesting literary experience of a prolific author and a literary giant.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fragments of thoughts March 12 2010
By Zeldie Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not a story but pieces and fragments of dreams and thoughts. I found this book strange and not interesting enough for deep and long thinking; too much mind work for a book; I wouldnt mind if it were enjoyable in some sense but I did not find it so.


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