ثلاثية القاهرة: بين القصرين، قصر الشوق، السكرية

ثلاثية القاهرة: بين القصرين، قصر الشوق، السكرية Naguib Mahfouz S Magnificent Epic Trilogy Of Colonial Egypt Appears Here In One Volume For The First Time The Nobel Prize Winning Writer S Masterwork Is The Engrossing Story Of A Muslim Family In Cairo During Britain S Occupation Of Egypt In The Early Decades Of The Twentieth CenturyThe 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 Al Sayyid Ahmad S Rebellious Children Struggle To Move Beyond His Domination In Palace Of Desire, As The World Around Them Opens To The Currents Of Modernity And Political And Domestic Turmoil Brought By The S Sugar Street Brings Mahfouz S Vivid Tapestry Of An Evolving Egypt To A Dramatic Climax As The Aging Patriarch Sees One Grandson Become A Communist, One A Muslim Fundamentalist, And One The Lover Of A Powerful PoliticianThroughout The Trilogy, 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 Filled With Compelling Drama, Earthy Humor, And Remarkable Insight, The Cairo Trilogy Is The Achievement Of A Master Storyteller

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  • Hardcover
  • 1313 pages
  • ثلاثية القاهرة: بين القصرين، قصر الشوق، السكرية
  • Naguib Mahfouz
  • English
  • 11 May 2019
  • 9780375413315

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    Wonderful painful to see that Egyptian life continues to repeat old patterns, through the later 20th centuryand on into the 21st For me, this trilogy epitomizes what I look for and, in fact crave, in historical fiction Nahfouz has placed people within families and families within their own parts of society in Cairo during three distinct times during the first half of the 20th century He has embroiled them in social, religious and political events, as passive and active participants So the reader is able to be the proverbial fly on the wall, able to get a glimpse of many machinations as they may have played out behind the scenes, in peoples lives.I made the decision to read all three books at one go, using a generous reading schedule This proved to be a wise choice as the first book, Palace Walk, sets the stage for the other two by introducing the major players, setting the stage for the unrest in Egypt and in Cairo itself, under the power of British rule early in the 20th century The contrast between religious and less observant Muslims becomes obvious and begins to set both family and societal stories in motion The very human presence of hypocrisy, addictions, etc shows a human story There is familial love, but socially sanctioned extreme male dominance At the same time, not all families operate in this same way So there are contrasts, just as we see today The world is full of contradictions, as are these very human characters.In Palace of Desire and Sugar Street, the action moves forward first to the the many family and societal changes of the 1920s and then to the many developments on all levels during World War II So much happens here to several families, to the city of Cairo and the country of Egypt, to hints of the world at large And in these changes we readers can see the bases of things that occurred during Arab Spring in Tabir Square, and since The past is never really gone and this trilogy shows the truth of this maxim for Cairo and for us There is much for us to learn from, absorb as we do from any good fiction depicting other cultures.I highly recommend this trilogy and also suggest the books be read as closely together as possible to maximize the effectiveness of the writing.

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    In a way this is a deeply familiar story despite it s colonial Egyptian setting If you ve ever sniffed a nineteenth century family saga, particularly one that stretched into the twentieth century flavoured by the author s progress from boy to writer then you know, emotionally, what to expect, overbearing hypocritical patriarch, meek housebound wife, youngest son en route via teaching to become an author, add mid novel stone throwing and protests at occupying British, stir occasionally on a low heat Perhaps kindly we might observe that unfortunately or conveniently, despite differences of religion, climate and tradition, people and interpersonal relationships don t actually vary that much So it is with this family saga set in turn of the 19th into the 20th century Cairo in a lower middle class household.Most clearly I remember the scene where the family patriarch, upright, moral and dignified to his own family, marries a prostitute and has a raucous party with his cronies Part of this relationship is observed by his youngest son, if I remember correctly The greatly the surface stress on dignity and piety, the greater the self indulgent hedonism behind closed doors I suppose view spoiler Not that I dare suggest that the Archbishop of Canterbury can be found of an evening dancing naked while balancing a glass of champagne on his head, perhaps though when he was younger hide spoiler

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    This trilogy narrates the rise and fall of the family of al Sayyid Ahmad Abd al Jawad, a tyrannical hypocrite who oppresses his wife, terrorizes his children and leads a life of debauchery on the sly Although he may be the ruler of the family, the one who enables it to function from day to day is his hard working, slavishly docile and incredibly submissive wife, Amina His wife and children use different strategies to wriggle out from beneath the iron fist of their husband and father, not all of them in good ways The various members of this family weather the storms of Egyptian history during the first half of the twentieth century They go through colonialist rule, revolutions, and two world wars They find their own ways to cope with the political, cultural and religious upheaval I am somewhat at a loss to know how to review this work, as I think that to really understand it, you need to know something about Egyptian history and Islamic culture And there are a lot of allusions to popular songs and political figures of the day which might seem familiar to someone who is part of the culture and cryptic to someone who is not So as a Western, Christian reader, I am at a disadvantage Some of the things that impressed me however, were the following.Even though some people rebel against their religion and culture, they cannot get away from them entirely because they are so steeped in them This can be seen in such minor details as the religious phrases used as part of everyday conversation even by prostitutes and hedonists Several of the characters renounce marriage but they are constantly bombarded from within and without by the traditional idea that the best way to be happy is to get married to someone the family approves of , settle down and start a family of one s own The best career for men is one in politics or law, while the best thing for women to do is to get married And so onAnother thing is the attitude of the author toward his characters Mahfouz ironically exposes the vices and even the foibles of the cast members of this vast drama Thus, the father is a tyrant, the mother is ignorant, one daughter teases mercilessly, her sister is sweet but a bit spoiled, etc Even so, Mahfouz still manages to make us feel some sympathy for these people From a literary point of view, Mahfouz sometimes ornaments his narrative rather self consciously with similes and metaphors While they are not exactly purple prose, for my feeling, some of them do distract occasionally from the story But this may have something to do with stylistic habits in Arabic literature, so I don t want to comment too much or make any judgment on this until I have had a chance to read widely and make some proper comparisons.

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    Originally written as one massive novel, Mahfouz s publisher would not touch it It was only by serializing it and breaking it up into three books that we get to marvel at Mahfouz s finest work today The Everyman s Library edition also has an excellent introduction by Hafez.The novel traces three generations of an Egyptian family, coping with its ups and downs, while the country was grappling with political uncertainty.Palace WalkThe first of the three books is set around the time of the first Egyptian revolution of 1919 It is a story with three layers On top and what drives the story are its colourful characters and how they interact with each other In the middle is a rich exposition of Egyptian culture of the time Simmering beneath is the growing political discontent and a national desire to cast off the yoke of British domination, just waiting to disrupt their lives and change their family irrevocably.Mahfouz has the gift of creating memorable characters Characters who evoke a whole range of emotions, from admiration to exasperation, from empathy to despisement.Al Sayyid is the patriarch and the centre of the family universe He is parochial, pigheaded, hypocritical and has double standards He seems modest yet thrives on adulation He somehow manages to strike an odd balance between licentiousness and religiosity He is a bully at home, but when confronted by the enemy, he is a coward.Amina, his second wife, is totally subservient, yet she has an inner strength which makes her the pillar of the family, rather than her husband.Yasin, his eldest son from his first marriage, is shallow and an idiot He is ruled by his bestial instincts rather than by intellect.Khadijah, his elder daughter, is most like Amina and her second in command She suffers because of her lack of physical beauty and is rather bitter and caustic She, too, has an inner strength and a selfless trait.Fahmy, his middle son, is intellectual and perhaps the most alienated in the family.Aisha, his younger daughter, is pretty and coquettish.Kamal, his youngest son, is striking in his innocence and naivety.The introduction to the culture of the time is fascinating Four aspects stand out the intricacies of family life with its hierarchy, the central role of religion in the family, arranged marriages and the status of women.A key theme cutting across all these is the need for order and control The most obvious is the tyrannical Al Sayyid iron fisted rule over his family There is zero tolerance for disobedience Ironically, his harsh way of raising his children has made them weak and timorous, his sons especially His children long for control over their own lives and destinies, but they cower in deference to Al Sayyid s will They lead imperfect but safe, secure, comfortable lives They have their moments of contentment, as well as moments of disillusionment There are parallels in Egypt s subjection to foreign powers, as a protectorate of the British The people desire to wrestle themselves free but there are high costs.The writing of each character is psychological, almost reminiscent of Stefan Zweig Each character lives within his or her own microcosm, clashing with each other at points But ultimately they are all swept away by the irresistible flow of history.Although long, the novel is not draggy It is broken up into digestible episodes, with almost fable like forms and lessons, rather than one continuous drama.Palace of DesireDrama It is difficult to discuss this book without revealing a whole lot of spoilers This middle book of the trilogy focuses on development of the characters and relationships.It picks up from view spoiler the tragedy of Fahmy s death in the first book hide spoiler

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    At the level of sheer storytelling, The Cairo Trilogy comprised of Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street is remarkable in its depth and scope of chronicling various individuals over three generations in the al Jawad family For me, the most satisfying aspect of the three books is the cerebral insight in which Mahfouz investigates each major character throughout the successive generations The result is a family saga immensely rich in its range of personalities Readers feel as though they are experiencing emotions through a kaleidoscope Mahfouz is astonishing with his ability to channel the intimate thoughts of each character in order to unveil their deepest secrets and trace the source of their actions and behavior Moreover, Mahfouz penetrates the tantalizing matters of the heart He gives us characters in their most human form We see them experience pain and joy, hope and despair, and also the perils of love and loss.The central figure spanning all three volumes is the imposing patriarch, Ahmad Abd al Jawad He dominates over his household with the authority of a tyrannical king He presents himself as a man living up to the highest standards of religion and morality Among his family by day, he acts like a man of stern principles and devout prayer Yet his hypocrisy is dually noted early on in the narrative, as he is also a man of uninhibited indulgence By night, he carouses, drinks, and engages in adultery He represents Mahfouz s quintessential literary focus on allegory, which is prevalent throughout most of the trilogy Al Sayyid Ahmad embodies someone who thinks he is free to do anything he wants without consequence, while at the same time he forbids others from the same behavior In other words, Ahmad portrays himself as everything he is not, just as the historical backdrop of the trilogy shows how the free reign of British colonialism to do whatever it wants is anything but free of guilt Palace Walk, volume 1 of the trilogy, shifts gears from a family saga to a historical drama when Mahfouz begins to highlight the forces and events surrounding the Egyptian revolution against the British occupation With extraordinary realism and visceral affect, he brings to life the sights, sounds, and motives of the populace to confront the injustices of colonialism He inserts the al Jawad family into the center of this maelstrom Of the five children of al Sayyid Ahmad, it is the middle son, the idealist and erudite Fahmy, who falls victim to martyrdom, even as his father defies him not to pledge the rebellion of 1919 The oldest son, Yasin, is from Ahmad s first marriage, and he portrays the second generation figure whose misguidance perpetuates the same sins of debauchery as his father Ahmad s two daughters are diametrical opposites both in appearance and demeanor The older daughter, Khadjia, has unflattering features, yet she is full of energy and seemingly cursed with a flair for sarcasm Her younger sister, Aisha, is a radiant blonde with a voice like a songbird, yet she is prone to reveries The most compelling child is the youngest, Kamal Prone to playfulness and lies, he is mischievous with inquiry about the world and fascinated with religious studies The same as all the siblings, Kamal is terrified of his father Then there is the matriarch, Amina, a paragon of nurturing and caring She does for her family what any ideal mother would do, and yet she suffers the duality of pretending to turn a blind eye on her husband s transgressions Palace Walk takes readers through the daily struggles and joys of the family up until the 1919 nationalist revolution in which Fahmy loses his life.In volume 2, Palace of Desire, the saga of the al Jawad family recommences in 1924 with the British reaching a rapprochement with the widely popular Wafd leader, Sa d Zaghlul In this second volume, the fate of the next generation plays out After several affairs and scandals, Yasin attempts to find monogamy with his second wife Zaynab, but again he fails to do so Although Aisha is the younger sister, she is wed off to Khalil Shawkat, and shortly thereafter her older sister Khadija follows suit by having her marriage arranged to Khalil s much older brother, Ibrahim The children of both these couples are in their infancy as this novel proceeds, but the most compelling figure in volume 2 is Kamal, the youngest sibling of al Sayyid Ahmad and Amina Now seventeen, Kamal has passed his exams to earn his baccalaureate Against the wishes of his father, he insists on pursuing philosophical truths and the search for meaning in an existential world Kamal s disavowal of religion places him in conflict with his father, who pledges the fundamentalist tenets of Islam As a free thinker catapulted into the field of modern science s quest for meaning and understanding, Kamal falls victim to despondency after he suffers from the agony of unrequited love Palace of Desire focuses on Kamal s plight as the central figure of the second generation His modernist vision of the world, with its reliance on science and reason, reflects the Wafd Party s nationalist ideology of governing the nation free from the constraints of Islam as a political system When the second book ends with the passing of the leader Sa d, one sees the parallel between the painful end of an era and the pain Kamal feels with his own lofty hopes for love shattering around him.By volume 3, Sugar Street, it is now 1935, and the third generation has become the focal point This generation is most aptly depicted through the two polarizing figures of Abd al Muni m and Ahmad, the two headstrong sons of Khadija and Ibrahim Abd al Muni m grafts himself to the fanaticism preached by Shaykh Ali al Munufi, a religious zealot devoted to the budding philosophy that the Quran s teachings should be implemented as a political system and code, even in the modern world As leader of the Muslim Brethren, al Munufi ensnares vulnerable young minds such as Abd al Muni m during a time in Egypt s history when the country s political turmoil continues to consume everyday society On the opposing side of these ideologies is Ahmad He finds solace in following AdliKarim, the open minded Editor in Chief of The New Man magazine Karim views the Wafdists as the starting point of Egypt s national movement towards independence and democracy He, however, believes the nation must go beyond developing social freedom Ahmad latches onto Karim s ideas and supports the mission of The New Man to confront the fanatics, while at the same time promoting scientific mentality Both brothers heed the patriotic call for revolution and independence, yet both see entirely different ways of achieving liberation from British rule With a host of other family characters, friends, and acquaintances to supplement the differences of the brothers philosophies, Mahfouz ultimately brings this grand trilogy to a summation during the government s mass crackdown on political activists on each side of the divide The arrests of both Abd al Muni m and Ahmad bring this monumental work to a close.In its totality, Mahfouz uses the three novels of The Cairo Trilogy to chart Egypt s tumultuous history through the meditations of various family members with distinctively different perceptions on life He achieves this by also exposing and confronting the ideologies of both repressive colonialism and radical Islam What he creates in the process is a breathtaking work of vivacity and bustle The trilogy is allegorical and literal in his depictions of the al Jawad family as a microcosm for the subsequent historical eras that three generations of the family endure With everything that Mahfouz accomplishes, what stands out most is how he offers us great insight into the hearts and minds of a vast array of characters He reveals to us the essence of their souls so that we might seek to turn a mirror on ourselves and examine what it is in each of us that yearns for a better understanding of humanity and what it means to be human.Having read the trilogy as a singular work, I believe in order to gain the full appreciation of the novels, it is important to read them together as one book So much transpires and reading the books separately or out of sequence may prevent one from experiencing the significance Mahfouz assigns to certain characters in each generation For example, the patriarch al Sayyid Ahmad is unyielding in his authority over his family at the beginning of volume 1 However, with his aging and with the influence of modernity on his beliefs, he is shown as capable of changing What is uniquely notable is that his grandson Ahmad one of the prominent figures of volume 3 clearly symbolizes tolerance and open mindedness To gain the full effect of this fascinating generational dichotomy, it requires an understanding of Ahmad the grandfather from volume 1 This type of symbolic contrast between characters occurs throughout the three novels, but without knowledge of what certain characters are like early in their lives, the effect of who they are in different volumes may not be as impactful.

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