Book Reviews of Cairo: Tales of the City (Chronicles Abroad)

Cairo: Tales of the City (Chronicles Abroad)
Cairo Tales of the City - Chronicles Abroad
Author: John Miller (Editor), Kirsten Miller (Editor)
ISBN-13: 9780811804929
ISBN-10: 0811804925
Publication Date: 3/1/1994
Pages: 175
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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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This is an fascinating anthology of this city. Cairo is two distinctly different places: to western Europeans, it is the mysterious East, the city of a thousand minarets, of harems, sheiks, and mosques. To the people who live there, it is their crowded, thriving home, where each street is a neighborhood and a pattern of delicate social conventions regulates society. Both of these Cairo's are illuminated in this book. From the outside comes William Makepeace Thackaray on his unending and unsuccessful search for a harem; Beryl Markham on a drunken stopover in Cairo en route to Libya; and nineteenth-century traveler Alexander Kinglake's smug description of the city during a plague. From the inside comes Naguib Mahfouz's tale of transformation, "Blessed Night"; and Yehia Hakki's intriguing look into Cairo's marital mores, "An Empty Bed." These and other stories, essays, and letters provide a glimpse of both the Cairo of dreams and the Cairo of reality.