Beer in the Snooker Club

Beer in the Snooker Club

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Behind the bar at Jameel?s in Cairo hang two mugs engraved with the names of Ram and Font. During their years together in London, they drank many a pint of Bass from these mugs. But there is no Bass in Nasser?s Egypt ? so Ram and Font have to make do with a heady mixture of beer, vodka and whisky. Yearning for Bass they long to be far from a revolution that neither serves the people nor allows their rich aunts to live the life of leisure they are accustomed to. Stranded between two cultures, Ram and Font must choose between dangerous political opposition and reluctant acquiescence. First published in 1964, Beer in the Snooker Club is a classic of the literature of emigration.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 124 x 192 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852421088
  • 9781852421083

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?Beer in the Snooker Club is one of the best novels about Egypt ever written. In the protagonist, Ram, a passionate nationalist who is nonetheless an anglophile, Waguih Ghali creates a hero who is tragic, funny and sympathetic. Through him we are presented with an authentic and acutely observed account of Egyptian society at a time of great upheaval. It is marvellously cheering that this novel is available again after twenty years? Ahdaf Soueif ?This is a wonderful book. Quiet, understated, seemingly without any artistic or formal pretentions. Yet quite devastating in its human and political insights... if you want to convey to someone what Egypt was like in the forties and fifties, and why it is impossible for Europeans or Americans to understand, give them this book. It makes The Alexandria Quartet look like the travel brochure it is? Gabriel Josipovici
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About Waguih Ghali

Born and brought up in Cairo, Waguih Ghali spent much of his adult life in Europe. His stay in London and his tragic suicide in 1969 were described in After a Funeral, by Diana Athill, (Cape, 1986). Beer in the Snooker Club is his only novel.
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