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Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy (The Cairo Trilogy #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  7,076 ratings  ·  612 reviews
Palace Walk is the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.

The 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-indu
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Anchor (first published 1956)
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Kokeshi
"The Palace Walk" by Naguib Mahfouz is, by far, the best work of fiction that I have read this year and is now one of my top ten favourite novels.

"The Palace Walk" is the first volume of “The Cairo Trilogy.” It centers on the life of an Egyptian Muslim family living through the period between the end of World War I and the beginning of the 1919 revolution against British rule, a time of dramatic change in Egypt.

The novel is an engrossing story of epic proportions. Each character is examined in
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Jonfaith
The way love can disregard fears, however, is an age-old wonder. No fear is able to spoil love's development or keep it from dreaming of its appointed hour.

Palace Walk is a sweeping realist survey of a middle class family in Cairo. The novel covers two years or so from 1917-19, culminating in the Egyptian Revolution which overthrew the British Protectorate. The Abd al-Jawad family is dominated by the father, an ostensibly pious man who forbids his wife and two daughters from being seen, much les
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Jaber
Mar 12, 2013 Jaber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: تستحق القراءة جدا
خلال فترة قراءتي للرواية كان يخطر ببالي سؤال ملح عن التقييم الذي سأمنحه للرواية , ووحتى فترة متقدمة من القراءة كنت مصرا على أنها لا تستحق أكثر من ثلاث نجوم , لكن ومنذ الصفحة 400 وحتى نهاية الرواية حدث ما لم اكن اتوعه , وحصل ما فسر لي سبب كون هذه الرواية السبب الرئيس وراء حصول محفوظ على جائزة نوبل .
هذه الرواية وببساطة سبب إضافي يدعوني إلى زيارة القاهرة, المسرح الذي اختاره محفوظ أو المسرح الذي اختار محفوظ ليكتب عنه روايته
إن كنت تريد قراءة رواية عن الاستبداد فهذه الرواية هي ضالتك
إن كنت تبحث عن ر
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فاروق الفرشيشي
كنت أعتقد أن الكتاب لن ينتهي
أعترف أنني قرأته في ظرف سيء جدا، و أعترف أيضا أنني مدرك أن الرواية بريئة تماما من صورة سي السيد النمطية، لأنها ببساطة أول من صورها، و أعترف أيضا أن الصورة لم تكن قط وليدة الخيال بقدر ماهي انعكاس وفيّ لواقع عربيّ امتد عقودا في الزمن، لكن مع ذلك لا أستطيع أن أبدي امتعاضا من تلك الشخصية و من ذلك المشهد.. ربما لأنه على تغير الزمان و تغير طبيعة المشهد، فلا يزال الكاتب العربي يصر على الصورة التي ابتدعها نجيب محفوظ منذ سنين عنيدة، فلم تحوّر و لم تغيّر..

أما عن الرواية، ففصله
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Ahmed Abdelhafiz
الوصف الدقيق لكل المواقف وكل ما يدور فى الأذهان يدخل بالقاريء إلى ما أبعد من الرواية حتى ليشعر بالشخصيات كأنها حقيقية أمامه يعرفها حق المعرفة يعيش معها ويحزن لفراقها
Abdelhakim Ali
-الجزء الأول من ثُلاثية القاهرة للأديب نجيب محفوظ ،أُصدرت عام ١٩٥٦م ،بعد إنقطاع دام ما يقارب السبع سنوات عن كتابة الأدب وهى أطوّل فترة إنقطاع لنجيب محفوظ .
وهذا التأني في الكتابة واضح جدًا في الرواية ،فهو كأنه يرسم لوحة إنسانيّة كبيرة لتكون بمثال مرشدًا لمن لم ولن يدركوها فكأنه قام بالتحنيط ولكن ليس لشخص أو شيء بل لحياة ،حياة كاملة ،وداخل اللوحة لوحات دقيقة جميلة.


-"عندما أريد أن أبحث عن الحقائق الأولى في حياة أي بلد، وعن القواعد السياسية القادرة على تفسير توجهاته، فإني لا أعتمد كتب التاريخ الموثق
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Jen
I was frustrated with this book...I was expecting more...
I struggled through the first 150 pages, just trying to become interested in the characters and see where the story was headed. The family was so far outside of my experience that I found them difficult to relate to.

The father was overbearing, cruel, distant, prideful and hypocritical. He saved his best and most pleasant traits for his friends and his family was left with a far-removed disciplinarian. And he never changed. Amina, the moth
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Lisa Vegan
I loathed the father and was incredibly frustrated with the mother. I had a difficult time understanding most of the characters. Sometimes, especially when there are the cultural and era differences there are here, I have tremendous interest in a book; here it made it very difficult for me to read it. I’m not sure why as I’ve adored plenty of books with evil or unappealing characters. I did begin to enjoy it a bit more toward the end and I should probably give the next two books in the trilogy a ...more
AHMED ADEL SALAMA
بين القصرين:

هنا يكتب نجيب محفوظ عما شهده من ثورة 1919 ضد الإنجليز -حيث كان في الثامنة من عمره وقتذاك- من خلال حكـايته عن عائلة السيد أحمد عبد الجواد.

- اللغة: عربية فصيحة بليغة ببعض المصطلحات العامية التي زادتها واقعية و حلاوة , مثل:(كاللو و كونصول و ترابزين و الكنبة ).

- الحبكة: مسلية مادمت تقرأها بخلو بال (( و أوصي بقرائة الرواية في الصيف )).

# تفوق محفوظ على نفسه في عمودي الكتابة الروائية: السرد و الحوار. فكتب سردا استمر صفحات متتابعات بدون ملل و لا كلل. و اختار جملا حوارية أعطت للشخصيات واقعية
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انتهيت ..
واجهة مشكله طواااااال القراءه ان انزع صورة الممثل يحي شاهين و اصنع ملامح شخصية سي السيد الخاصه بي .. و ان انزع كل اشكال الممثليين و اصنع الخاص بي ..

ازعجتني و حيرتني شخصية امينه ..لا اعرف .. احيانا ( و بناء علي خلفيه شرقيه ) اشعر ان لديها حق ..اليس للزوج الطاعه ..الم يخبرنا الرسول انه لو امر الزوجه لتسجد لشخص لامرها ان تسجد لزوجها بعد الله .. ثم اعود و تنازعني قضية المرأه .. و ان انوثتي و كبريائي ..ثم اجد ان شخص مثل السيد احمد .. ببغاءه لا يستحق احد مثلها ..ثم اعود ان هذا زمن و نحن زمن .
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James
Sitting in the garden of my friend Jim yesterday with several other readers we were discussing this novel by the Nobel-prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz. Everyone agreed that it was a good read and perhaps even a great book. The reasons center on the characters Mahfouz has created and their relationships--their story. he story is one which takes you back to Cairo, Egypt during the Great War. Palace Walk is set in Cairo, and covers the time between 1917 and the Egyptian revolution of 1919. Most of the ...more
Darryl
The first novel in The Cairo Trilogy is set in a Cairene neighborhood in October 1917, just after the death of Husayn Kamal, the Sultan of Egypt. Kamal was chosen three years earlier as the figurehead of the land that was a part the Ottoman Empire but had been ruled by Great Britain since 1882. The previous leader, Abbas II, was deposed by the British at the onset of World War I, once the Ottoman Empire sided with the Central Powers and against Great Britain. Egypt was declared a British protect ...more
Bruce
Mahfouz is the only Arab writer to my knowledge to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. This particular novel is the first of three in his Cairo Trilogy, published in 1956 and translated into English in 1990. I am unsure what I expected when I began reading it. Within the past few months I had completed Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, and I suppose I expected something similar. I could not have been more mistaken.

This work takes place in Cairo between 1917 and 1919, from the y
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Shane
“Men have the right to anything they want and women have a duty to obey” is the philosophy upon which this cast of characters operates, and it sets the stage for moral outrage on the part of western readers, and self destruction on the part of some characters as their world is torn asunder with change.

Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, a successful shopkeeper living in the Cairo neighbourhood of Palace Walk, is literally the king of his domain, ruling his family with a fundamentalist fist, while living a profl
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Isabelle
This is the first installment of Mahfouz's Cairo trilogy. This first novel serves as an introduction to the Al-Jawad family, centered around its tyrannical patriarch Mr Ahmad. He rules his family with an iron fist, but luckily his family obligations do not stand in the way of his libertine nightlife. As daily life unfolds in Palace Walk, with its retinue of weddings, births, deaths, divorces, so does History in this Cairo of 1919, where the British rule starts to fray at the seams.

I was absolute
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Laura
Jun 07, 2011 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chrissie, you MUST read this book.
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Jeruen
This is perhaps my first venture into Arabic literature. I haven't read anything that was written by writers hailing from the Middle East, and so when I figured I should change that, I decided to look first into the works of Nagīb Maḥfūẓ, who was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. And with that in mind, I selected the first book of his Cairo Trilogy, entitled Palace Walk (Arabic: بين القصرين Bayn al-qasrayn).

So what is this about?

This book tells the story of the al-J
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Neetha Philip
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Trish Elizabeth
Found this trilogy in Waterstones almost by accident. Naguib Mahfouz was the first ever Arab writer to win a Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. HIs work feels of the now, and yet he was born in 1911 and died in 2006.

I wasn't sure what to expect but there was something about the crit comments, by various newspapers that I respect, that made me want to buy all three and I am so very pleased I did, as they are exceptionally well written.

What you could describe as an ordinary Egyptian Muslim family
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Qamar
هي الجزء الأول من ثلاثية القاهرة كما سميت ،، اخترتها لوجودها في المركز الأول في قائمة أفضل مئة رواية عربية في القرن الماضي.
وأيضا أولى قراءاتي للكاتب العظيم نجيب محفوظ . قبل أن أقرأها بحثت لأستزيد عنه فأذهلني ماوجدت ،، بالرغم من معرفتي به منذ الصغر إلا أنني لم أعرف عنه سوى اسمه فقط ،، وحين قرأت شيئا من سيرته فوجئت أن كل كتاباته حولت إما لفيلم سنمائي أو مسلسل مصري.. أكثر من عشرين رواية كلها وبلا استثناء ،، فلا عجب أن يحصد بعد أربعين سنة من الإبداع جائزة نوبل في الأدب.. فما قدمه لم يكن بالشيئ اليس
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Faez
I have read the original Arabic of Mahfouz's Trilogy twice. The first time when I was 15 and it shaped my mind and won me for ever to literature. The second time was thirty years later and I discovered much richer layers in the book. Now reading the English translation I was curious to see how Mahfouz feels in English. It is a wonderful translation, accurate and fluent. However, I felt that Mahfouz the stylist, the master of fascinating Arabic is absent and the fact that the book retains its app ...more
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
This series was the first example of Egyptian literature I've read and I was amazed by it. Through the story of one traditional egyptian family's three generations, we go through an important era of the Egypt's history. Not only was I able to have an idea of the ideology of the Egyptian people and the country's history, but also able to experience a fine example of writing.

I wasn't completely sure if I would be able to connect with the story but the beautiful writing and believable real characte
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Amany  A A
ملحها كمال
وذروتها فهمي
أحببت ذاك الزمن ، أحببته جداً !
ولربماذهبت إلى يوتيوب بحثاً عن أغانيه التي ربما أطلت من بين ثنيات الكتاب أو على لسان الشقي كمال
ثم تأبى إلا أن تعلق بذاكرتي فأرددها في الذهاب والمجيء على مسمع من ماما...ودهشتها !
* أسمع الكاتب يروي ما حدث في مصر في مطلع عام 1919 فكأني به يتحدث عما حصل مؤخراً فيها
حماس شبابي وروح وطنية و مظاهرات لمت الكل وجمعت الشمل وهي _ وإن أختلف العدو بين الآن وحينها _ رواية لذاك الزمن
أو وصف بتفصيل دقيق لأحداث اليوم و لشباب 25 يناير !


لا تخبر أحداً بما تق
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JJ
Originally I couldn't get past page 56. I put this book aside for almost a month. At some point I became determined to see it through and got past the first 100 pages when something unbelievable happened...I became so wrapped up in the story and it's characters, that I couldn't put the book down. The story/ies are told in great detail and the characters and culture was so hard to relate to, but in the end I found myself relating to them on some level. The book even had me in tears in many parts. ...more
Mahmoud Hassan
رواية رائعة جدا ، أكثر ما أعجبني فيها هو المونولوج الداخلي، الحوار الذي يدور في نفس أشخاص الرواية أكثر من رائع ، نجيب محفوظ عبقري فعلا ،.
Alaa Karem
قبل ما اكتب نقد للرواية فيه حاجتين عاوزة أقولهم:
1- تحمست جدا لقراءة الثلاثية وده لأن سمعت عنها كتير جدا وعن الجوايز وما الى ذلك اللى أغرانى بقراءتها وكان حماس أصبح فى موضع شك اذا كان فى محله أم لا ..

2- نظرا لقرب عهدي بنجيب محفوظ ولأن ما وصلتش للدرجة اللى تسمحلى بكشف افكاره وقدرتى المتواضعة جداا فى فهم القصد وتحليل الاسقاط فالكلام قابل للمناقشة وانا هحاول أقتنع ..

بين القصرين بتصوّر فترة من فترات الاحتلال البريطانى لمصر وما قبل ثورة 1919 والفترة دى لا اعلم عن اجتماعياتها
شيء فالرواية كانت فرصة انى
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شريف ثابت
لا أتصور أن جديداً يمكن كتابته عن "بين القصرين" أو عن الثلاثية بشكل عام، لذا فلن أكتب سوى انطباعات شخصيّة لا نقديّة

أذكر أن عَرِض إعداد تليفزيونى لـ "بين القصرين" فى أوائل أو أواسط التسعينات يحمل توقيع المخرج أحمد النحاس، ومن بطولة أسماء لها وزنها كالعملاق محمود مرسى وهدى سلطان وصلاح السعدنى ومعالى زايد وكمال ابو ريّة والطفل الجميل -آنذاك- وسام حمدى فى دور كمال عبد الجواد :) وطبعاً عانى المسلسل وجزئه الثانى "قصر الشوق" من المقارنة الطبيعيّة بينهما وبين الإعداد السنيمائى الشهير الّذى قدمه الراحل ح
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Ron
At 512 pages, "Palace Walk" is a carefully detailed domestic drama that proceeds at a leisurely pace, exploring the day-to-day life of a WWI-era family and eventually the impact of larger political events as Egypt struggles for independence from British rule. Much of the novel concerns the conflicts between an authoritarian family patriarch, his submissive wife, and his young sons and daughters, whose own struggles for independence mirror the rise of nationalistic spirit that erupts in street de ...more
Emily
Naguib Mahfouz's Palace Walk was, for me, a slow burn. While I ended up drawn into the domestic turmoil of the al Jawad family, its relation to the Egyptian revolution of 1919, and the author's comments on power dynamics in early twentieth-century Egyptian society, both the subject matter and the writing style (or possibly the style of translation from the Arabic by Maynard Hutchins and Olive E. Kenny) made the first 200 pages in particular into an awkward and sometimes suffocating reading exper ...more
Mallory
Jul 04, 2011 Mallory rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallory by: Maryanne Mazzola
It took me a while to review this one because it was a book club read, and then the book club never actually met to discuss it. Which is too bad, because while not an easy read, it probably would've given our group a lot to talk about.

I didn't particularly like this novel, but I'm glad I read it. There are some very interesting depictions of Egyptian life, and it transported me to a place and time that are completely foreign from my own experiences. It gave me a lot to think about, especially du
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  • In the Eye of the Sun
  • دعاء الكروان
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  • الزيني بركات
  • الأرض
  • الحرام
  • لا أحد ينام في الإسكندرية
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  • مالك الحزين
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Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic author profile: نجيب محفوظ) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He published over 50 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films.
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