Book Reviews of Palace Walk (CairoTrilogy, Bk 1)

Palace Walk (CairoTrilogy, Bk 1)
ISBN-13: 9780385264662
ISBN-10: 0385264666
Publication Date: 12/1/1990
Pages: 512
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Was style lost in translation? The writing is stiff and lifeless, quite academic, perhaps a faithful translation of the writing, but a failure in capturing any vitality. Alas, I do not read Arabic, so I do not know if the original is more compelling--after all, Mahfouz did win the Nobel prize for literature!
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Helpful Score: 3
By happenstance, I found myself reading this book even as the Russian-Georgian conflict of most recent memory was being played out. The book provides some background into that conflict and, for this and many other reasons, I found it interesting. It is well written. It's a good story which also provides perspective on a way of life very different from the lives of many of us. I recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
In Palace Walk (the name refers to a major street in the old part of Cairo), Mahfouz details the process of modernization in Egypt from the ground up through the story of a single Cairene family, the 'Abd al-Jawads, in the course of a single year, 1919. 1988 Nobel prize winner translated from Arabic.
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A wonderful book with a great picture of how life used to be for Egyptian women, especially. I enjoyed it the most of the three books in the trilogy.
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Wonderful!
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too dense to get through, but probably a good beach read.
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really couldn't get into this book
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Nobel prize winner
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Volume I of the masterful Cairo Trilogy by Mahfouz. It introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1900s