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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (July 20 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060878134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060878139
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladybrat67 on Jan. 27 2012
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This is an amazing book. I did have to refer to the glossary and character pages a few times but it was well worth it. It is the best book I have read in years and a very good introduction into modern Egypt. I was engrossed with all the characters and wished that it was the first of a series.
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The Yacoubian Building caught me by surprise. It begins as a sexy, romantic novel, develops into an interesting character study, and ends as a frightening revelation of what makes a terrorist. The corruption and degradation of Egyptian society is frightening. Al Aswany knows his country; his translator is a good writer, and the book made a real impact on me.
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By DK on Feb. 5 2010
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In the style of Charles Dickens, but far more engrossing and easy to follow. A fascinating portrait of Egyptian society. Scary in the way that it presents a terrorist trainee in such a sympathetic light, but, at the same time, without justifying his actions. A very worthwhile read as a primer to visiting Egypt.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on Sept. 4 2006
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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 down.

I congratulate the author for writing a book that may in turn put his life in danger-- but is so necessary for Egyptinas and non-Egyptians alike to read.
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