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The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
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This book has as much sex and blow as Blow and Scarface. It is an epoch work spanning three generations of a family, and taking up an epic 1300+ pages. I don't think the Brother's Karamazov could ever be fairly compared to the Cairo Trilogy without insulting Dostoevsky, but Mahfouz attempts something just as ambitious. Worth a read if you have hours and hours of nothing to do, and are interested in having your preconceptions (if you even had any)of early 20th century life in Egypt blown away...by blow. Lots and lots of it. Also worth reading if you enjoy seeing a very detailed portrayal of a family struggling to make it in a highly Islamic culture when the patriarch likes to sin, but expects his family to be perfect, and the eldest son is struggling with his faith.
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