This first volume in the 1988 Nobel Prize winner's Cairo Trilogy describes the disintegrating family life of a tyrannical, prosperous merchant, his timid wife and their rebellious children in post-WW I Egypt. "Mahfouz is a master at building up dramatic scenes and at portraying complex characters in depth," lauded PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Buddenbrooks in a fez, Little Women in purdah, Palace Walk describes exotic settings and even more exotic customs entirely in the borrowed structures of a European novel of 'generations,' in which the eternal dilemma of marrying off the young unsettles the comfortable mindsets of the old. Anthony Trollope did it with far greater polish, humanity, and insight in "Orley Farm", a novel of about the same bulk. This is my first encounter with the Nobel Prize winning Naguib Mahfouz, and for that reason … more