The Beginning and the End

The Beginning and the End

by Naguib Mahfouz, Najib Mahfuz


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The Beginning and the End 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
triminieshelton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Story of a Cairo family in the 1930s suddenly plunged into a life of poverty after the unexpected death of their father. Who among this family of mother, three sons and one daughter survives this reversal of fortune and who succumbs, and the effect societal expectations and mores on their fates, makes this a psychological page-turner.
mare-nyc More than 1 year ago
Unbelievably great read. Mahfouz deconstructs Middle Eastern culture with a stirring insight that will stay with you long after you complete this book. The family dynamics is a journey onto itself and it manifests itself in a truly shocking ending. The characters are engrossing and the unfolding of their everyday lives will tug at your heartstrings. One of the most original and stimulating book I've read in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a college course as well, and the cover through me off, I thought it was going to be a boring, confusing story. It turned out to be the complete opposite. I couldn't put it down, it was a good read.. scratch that, a GREAT read. Private life vs Public life and the mixture of the two. I enjoyed every page, but the first chapter really put tears in my eyes, the rest was captivating. Very easy to read, very interesting, and gets straight to the point. Felt like I was reading a play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mahfouz, is one of the contemporary Egyptian writers who creates a book that is moving and page turning. I had to read this book for my history class at the University of Pennsylvania, and it depicts the life and role of men and women in the Egyptian culture. It also depicts the class strife that emerged and provides an insightful view into Egyptian society. Not only does it provide such a deep analysis, but it also is a page turning book that keeps you in suspense of the conclusion. A masterpiece by all accounts