Palace Walk

Palace Walk : Cairo Trilogy 1

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A sweeping and evocative portrait of both a family and a country struggling to move toward independence in a society that has resisted change for centuries. Set against the backdrop of Britain's occupation of Egypt immediately after World War I, Palace Walk introduces us to the Al Jawad family. Ahmad, a middle-class shopkeeper runs his household strictly according to the Qur'an while at night he explores the pleasures of Cairo. A tyrant at home, Ahmad forces his gentle, oppressed wife and two daughters to live cloistered lives behind the house's latticed windows, while his three very different sons live in fear of his harsh will.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 38mm | 359.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0552995800
  • 9780552995801
  • 32,741

Review quote

"It is Mahfouz's wonderful ability to delineate human beings from their outer appearances which gives Palace Walk its universal appeal. I shall read it again and again" * Guardian * "Naguib Mahfouz's wonderfully readable family saga provides a riveting and accurate portrait of Egyptian society" * Bookseller * "There is nothing in world literature quite like Palace Walk... This is writing worthy of a Tolstoy, a Flaubert or a Proust" * Independent * "A masterpiece" * The Times * "Naguib Mahfouz's CAIRO TRILOGY puts all contemporary writers in the shade. He is the Arab Tolstoy" -- Simon Sebag Montefiore * Twitter *show more

About Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz was most prominent literary figure in the Arab world of the Twentieth Century, best known for his Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Walk), which became an international bestseller. He was born in Cairo in 1911 and lived in the suburb of Agouza with his wife and two daughters for the rest of his life. He published more than thirty novels as well as many collections of short stories, plays and screenplays. In 1988, Mr Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Arab writer to win it. In 1994, after the publication of a novel that led him into trouble with Egypt's religious authorities, an attempt was made on his life, but he died peacefully in 2006, aged 94.show more

Review Text

"Naguib Mahfouz's CAIRO TRILOGY puts all contemporary writers in the shade. He is the Arab Tolstoy"show more

Back cover copy

A sweeping and evocative portrait of both a family and a country struggling to move toward independence in a society that has resisted change for centuries. Set against the backdrop of Britain's occupation of Egypt immediately after World War I, Palace Walk introduces us to the Al Jawad family. Ahmad, a middle-class shopkeeper, runs his household strictly according to the Qur'an while at night he explores the pleasures of Cairo. A tyrant at home, Ahmad forces his gentle, oppressed wife and two daughters to live cloistered lives behind the house's latticed windows, while his three very different sons live in fear of his harsh will. 'Writing worthy of a Tolstoy, a Flaubert or a Proust' Independent 'Luminous...All the magic, mystery and suffering of Egypt in the 1920s are conveyed on a human scale." New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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10,185 ratings
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4 38% (3,837)
3 16% (1,650)
2 4% (406)
1 1% (126)
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