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The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons—the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. The family’s trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two world wars, as change comes to a society that has resisted it for centuries.


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I was frustrated with this book...I was expecting more...
I struggled through the first 150 pages, just trying to become interested in the characters and see where the story was headed. The family was so far outside of my experience that I found them difficult to relate to.

The father was overbearing, cruel, distant, prideful and hypocritical. He saved his best and most pleasant traits for his friends and his family was left with a far-removed disciplinarian. And he never changed. Amina, the mother, was subservient to her husband in every way, she never left her home, she lived in a constant state of fear for the jinn (ghosts) who inhabited the house, and she was content with her life because it was what God willed for her. And she never changed. The two daughters Aisha & Khadija lived and breathed vibrantly in the first part of the book, and then after their marriages they disappeared, from the family circle and the plot, it was like they fell off the earth. And they never changed....

I kept waiting for something to develop, for someone to change, to break out of the cirlce, to stand up to their father or just to do something!!! The book was written as part of the Cairo Trilogy, but I dont know if I even want to pick up the next in the series.

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I loathed the father and was incredibly frustrated with the mother. I had a difficult time understanding most of the characters. Sometimes, especially when there are the cultural and era differences there are here, I have tremendous interest in a book; here it made it very difficult for me to read it. I’m not sure why as I’ve adored plenty of books with evil or unappealing characters. I did begin to enjoy it a bit more toward the end and I should probably give the next two books in the trilogy a try…but there are just so many books that I want to read so I doubt that I will do that. But I know that many people think highly of this book and I wouldn’t want to dissuade anyone from reading it.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
This is the first installment of Mahfouzs Cairo trilogy. This first novel serves as an introduction to the Al-Jawad family, centered around its tyrannical patriarch Mr Ahmad. He rules his family with an iron fist, but luckily his family obligations do not stand in the way of his libertine nightlife. As daily life unfolds in Palace Walk, with its retinue of weddings, births, deaths, divorces, so does History in this Cairo of 1919, where the British rule starts to fray at the seams.

I was absolutely fascinated by the subtle brilliance of Mahfouzs writing, most particularly by the way he built the whole novel around the idea of duality: Mr Ahmad by day and Mr Ahmad by night, the outside world and the closed world of the house, the house itself and the harem within it, the world of men and that of women, family and friends, power and obedience, the life of the body and that of the soul, and of course the most ominous duality of all: the English and the Egyptians.

This is a fantastic novel masterminded by a fantastic novelist... and a particularly good read now that Egypt has awakened...

مشاهده لینک اصلی
In fact, I read this book as part of the trilogy published as a hardcover by Everymans Library. Im sorry I dont have it nearby to consult. In brief, I think this book is readable, understandable and inspiring since the authors written so well with wonderful narratives as well as lively dialogs among characters. Its a pity I cant read Arabic, its original version. Therefore, Ive to be content with its translated one into English. Moreover, it subtly guides/helps us understand more on Islamic culture with sympathy.

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He was staring into space, and the expression on his face suggested that he felt relaxed and contented. He was obviously pleased to feel the love and affection people harbored for him. If he could have discerned some sign of their love every day, that would have made each day happy and splendid in a way no amount of repetition could blunt.

Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad is the bedrock of this novel, if not quite the center of it. Mahfouzs real subject is al-Sayyid Ahmads family--his devout and devoted wife Amina, his sybaritic eldest son Yasin, his solemn and sincere son Fahmy, his smart and boisterous youngest son Kamal, his fiercely competent and opinionated daughter Khadija, and his dreamy and beautiful daughter Aisha. The family lives under al-Sayyid Ahmads dictatorial rule, with the women kept in full seclusion and the sons kept in terror of his temper, but this isnt a novel about domination or fundamentalism. The lasting impression here is one of a family that is, above all, complex.

Al-Sayyid Ahmad is stern and unyielding with his family but unfailingly generous with his friends, a man who values pleasure and easily gives it to others, and Mahfouz delves into the contradiction there without ever giving a simplistic solution to it. It is peculiarly sincere form of hypocrisy, because al-Sayyid Ahmad really believes in both halves of that personality, and is even somewhat justified in his opinion that he knows how to indulge within limits in a way that Yasin, for example, does not. And hes not some unstoppable tyrant--while hes harsh and argumentative and his family fears him as much as they love him, hes also neatly circumvented on a few occasions and Palace Walk shows exactly how they live with him, through telling lies and enduring temper. Its a strange and sometimes wearying life--even al-Sayyid Ahmads friends think hes far too strict, and one of them even routinely takes his daughter out to the movies, which seems as incomprehensible to our central household as him taking her to the moon--but it is a life, and one with joyful coffee hours and petty sibling rivalries and fraught cases of love at first sight.

There isnt particularly a plot here. At first I thought--and this is probably a clear case of Western bias--that we were getting an Austenian shape here, where the novel would eventually become about who Yasin, Fahmy, Khadija, and Aisha marry, with their various spouses providing different ways of living in Cairo, but although marriages happen, they happen in a more routine and less symbolic way. And theyre told by the rules of the 1920s Cairo were dealing with--the wives become part of their husbands families and so mostly disappear from the novel; daughters-in-law marry in and gain POV moments. History meanders on, with the pushback against Britains unwanted protectorate influencing lives and choices. I incidentally learned a bit about modern Egyptian history from this, but thats not its main benefit. Its more that Palace Walk--and presumably the rest of The Cairo Trilogy, which I also intend to read--gives you the believable, realistic rhythms of one particular family in one particular place and time, and brings you to care enough that those ordinary rhythms of life have appeals and tensions of their own.


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