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Mahfouz tackles almost all those "taboos". Tom Send a noteboard - 18/09/2012 11:20:59 PM
I should, of course, preface all this by stating that I'm not particularly drawn to literature from the Middle East. In that sphere, at least, I feel that "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet". The characters and motivations usually seem, at best, alien, and at worst, asinine.

That having been said, I don't get the feeling that the Egypt of today is all that different from that of Mahfouz. Certainly, the results of the parliamentary elections seem to reinforce that feeling. Sure, there are a few more Westernized people, but by and large it's still the highly conservative society that Mahfouz depicted.

I'm sure lots of people will like The Yacoubian Building, though, if for no other reason than it's a faster read than the entire Cairo Trilogy. I do think you owe it to yourself to finish Mahfouz, though.
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Three reviews: The Yacoubian Building, The Monk, A Bride of the Plains - 18/09/2012 09:00:44 PM 7429 Views
Actually, it sounds like a bad copy of Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy - 18/09/2012 09:06:40 PM 1461 Views
I've yet to read the final two books of that trilogy. - 18/09/2012 09:36:33 PM 1356 Views
Mahfouz tackles almost all those "taboos". - 18/09/2012 11:20:59 PM 1336 Views
Matthew Lewis - The Monk - 18/09/2012 09:31:27 PM 1415 Views
Baroness Orczy - A Bride of the Plains - 18/09/2012 10:18:51 PM 1625 Views

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