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“[A] hilarious, sensual, bawdy and beautiful novel.” (Nerve)
“Captivating and controversial .. . .an amazing glimpse of modern Egyptian society and culture.” (New York Review of Books)
“...tremendously likable.... This vision of life connects high with low, rich with poor, through shared vices and needs.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Alaa Al Aswany is the internationally bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building and Chicago. A journalist who writes a controversial opposition column, Al Aswany makes his living as a dentist in Cairo.
Fun read, helps better understand the realities of modern-day Cairo. Didn't quite want the book to end. Strongly recommend it.Published 19 months ago by Philippe Achkar
The other reviewers gave the book 5 stars but I thought it was only worth a 3. I wonder if a lot was lost in the translation... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2008 by Shepherdess Extraordinaire
An eye opener regarding the hypocrisy that Egyptians deal with and partake on a daily basis. The characters and the parallel story lines made it difficult to put the book... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2006 by Avid Reader