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Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
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Apr 10, 2008

bookshelves: middle-eastern-fiction
Read in February, 2008

Really effing gorgeous. Islamic literature is so permeated with this sort of transcendent beauty that it's hard to hate, even if you're a bitter, cynical agnostic like me. I'm a real sucker for parables, and this is a phenomenal one, encapsulating the Book of Genesis and the stories of Moses, Christ, and Muhammad into a novel ending in the rise of rationalism. Good for the profoundly spiritual and the angrily atheist alike. Just a note: apparently there are two translations available, and I have the older (and apparently better) one, translated as "Children of Gebelawi."

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