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The Yacoubian Building: A Novel Paperback – Aug 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (Aug. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060878134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060878139
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,861 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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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 truth is often controversal especially in cultures that do not face truths!

Aswany does not hesitate to pen truths about political corruption, sexuality and fundamentalism rampant in his country. This is not to say that such controversies are non-existent in many other parts of the world, but it is harder for such truths to come out of countries and cultures that would prefer not to be exposed. A glimpse into Aswany's country and society is painful to read, but the need to know the conclusion compels the reader to continue.
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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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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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