Set against the backdrop of the the theater, this novel is a taut psychological drama on and off the stage. First published in 1981, this brilliant novel focuses on how time transforms people and their emotions.
|Publisher:||American University in Cairo Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
About the Author
Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. A student of philosophy and an avid reader, his works range from reimaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Over a career that lasted more than five decades, he wrote 33 novels, 13 short story anthologies, numerous plays, and 30 screenplays. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957), and Sugar Street (1957), which focuses on a Cairo family through three generations, from 1917 until 1952. In 1988, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first writer in Arabic to do so. He died in August 2006.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Four perspectives of seemingly one reality. A powerful tale that drives forward relentlessly - and then back over the same ground as each character's perspective reveals itself. It is a prime example of George Engel's point of view - "Where you think you stand determines what you think you see." Beautifully constructed and executed.
The construction of this novel is what makes it unique and fun to read. It¿s almost like a looking through a window on each side of a square house. What you see differs depending in which direction you¿re standing and whether you¿re looking into or out of each window. Here¿s how this analogy applies to Mahfouz¿s novel. Each chapter is written in the voice of a different person. The first is an actor, the second is the theater¿s prompter, the third is that prompter¿s wife, and last is that couple¿s son. The story is told mostly in conversations from the point of view of each narrator, but what complicates the matter is that Abbas, the son, is a playright who also wrote the story of the story. This play had been performed at the theater to rousing audience approval. Confused? Don¿t be because it¿s all very clear in the story. Because this novel is so cleverly done, you don¿t know which characters to like and which to dislike. You see individuals in a different light as each subsequent narrator takes over. In addition, you will have no idea where the story is headed. I think Mahfouz is playing a bit with his readers here, but that¿s okay. This is a quick read and one sure to entertain. Grab it now!