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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  24,900 ratings  ·  1,727 reviews
Ahmed, a society photographer in a celebrated Cairo nightclub, witnesses a friend horrifically killed in a fight between young business rivals. Forced to escape the scene of the crime and go into hiding, Ahmed is ensnared in a web of cover-ups and crimes whose perpetrators stop at nothing to hide. In this sprawling political thriller, Ahmed is forced to confront ruthless p ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA (first published August 2007)
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Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
very ordinary story like all the common stories in our Egyptian Drama, it shows the hero of the story as a so freaking smart such that he can beat all his enemies and the enemies of the county who are, as usual, corrupted, frankly, nothing is new about this book that will urge me to read for the same writer again.

beside, the way, the writer took the Muslims picture with, is the same way that we always see in our movies and series nowadays, he shed light only on the narrow minded people who belon
Because Political thrillers are not the kind of genre I usually read, I'm surprised I ended up liking this book as much as I did. The many different characters with long detailed histories was confusing and made it hard to get into, as well as the fact that there are almost all male characters, however once I got into the story it became quite compelling.
This book is about corruption in Egypt, so of course is very relevant. The author actually worked for the former president Mubarak and has an
Sonya Serial Reader
3.5/5 stars! Very enjoyable, real page-turner, and very very fun! I loved it!
Bobbi Steele
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Vertigo is a political book that plays on the corrupt power structures of egyptian society by placing them on figures that are slightly removed from a directly political environment.

The novel follows the story of Achmed (I read the German version, so the names might be slightly different), who tries to make a societal difference. What this difference is becomes the main plot of the novel that might remind the readers of the Arab Spring movements. It’s a step towards a country no longer ruled by
Amro Osman
Things I love: the characters are deep and profound, really well thought out. The setting of all the scenes is just amazing, i really connected with Ahmed and felt I was there at times.

Things I hate: I can let the political innuendos by, other than that I can't find any real plot and a couple of writing cliches were present which really got on my nerves. Not to mention the lame puppy love story

Overall I'm impressed with the author's writing style, but not this specific book. I got more than I ex
Engi Amin
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking into consideration that Ahmed Mourad was actually Mubarak's personal photographer and had the guts back then to publish something like that is just epic. It's the kind of story that you just sink into.. So real to the extent that its reality condemns you.. Ahmed Mourad deserves kudos for having to put up with this dual life. One final note: the resemblance between the author and the protagonist was just cute (:
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's alright :D . finished it in two days credits goes to the three hours company-bus-riding daily .
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
unfortunately I read it after Torab El Mass which is way better than Vertigo.. but generally it's good.
Nahlata Osman
Apr 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Not bad at all for a first novel. I think we can expect more mature trials from this tallented writer in the near future. His writing style is kinda funny although it sometimes lacks structure. Unfortunaly, there are a lot of typos in the novel which should have been caught and corrected in revision.

As for the content of the novel, I believe the characters are very real ... there are quite some characters you can totally relate to a real-life person in a way that makes writers always claim that
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
For a young Egyptian author, Ahmed Mourad has not disappointed with his debut novel. The novel opens with a decent plot and keeps one on the edge through to the end.
There are several unconvincing stuffs here and there.
Why do the politicians and the society big wigs likes to be photographed in a notorious bar which shall compromise their career?
Why the Egyptian security police or the perpetrators couldn't nail the main protagonist Ahmed, but his associate Alla in spite of both Ahmed and Alla co
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book is that the author was able to portray all the corruption of Egypt in a novel written in 2007, predicting all the circumstances that made the 2011 revolution explode. Ahmed Morad's realism made me feel I am a part of the story, longing to have a new revolution again. Like Ahmed Kamel we should fight, we should try to erase all the corruption we are surrounded by, even if in an anonymous way, like the way his revolt was made. Chapeau Ahmed Morad
الشيماء السيوفي
this novel is good , but anyone who read تراب الماس would know that they're almost the same , as if the writer uses some kind of template to fill , i agree it's a good template , but still , تراب الماس is a more advanced copy of فرتيجو .
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It could work as a well-written script for a movie, nothing impressive. The imagery is void and subtle,It also lacks most of the elements of a good-structured novel. Given implications and depth in meaning, none of which were found. Only the simulated-realistic incidents are the only good turnout.
Youssef Mamdouh
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
film 3araby yenfa3 yemasello mostafa sha3ban masalan :D. A good writing way but a very poor and traditional story with some missing dramatic links.
Amr Tarek
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So accurate ! so true so Egyptian
Nada Mostafa
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end could be somehow a little bit different or more thrilling (It doesn't mean that it was dull though) but I loved it, anyway :)
Amany Elzarka
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
enjoyed reading it for the second time, loved the main character 'Ahmed Kmal' even more, it was too real that i made friends with the characters.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arabic-novels
Showing some of egypt's dirty secrets in journalism , politians & B-men.
Great humor between the main two characters in un-expected true ways.
Disappointing ending , really disappointing
Elemo Green
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: droped
I didn't like the author's method in writing, I think it reminds me of Yousif Zedan, so I dropped the story and didn't finish it.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Youssra by: Hanan Elsayed
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Of the Greatest ,,,, Honored to read =D
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endings are always difficult...
This one was rushed and did not match well with the overall thrilling atmosphere of the story.
Not quite sure I understood correctly the point behind creating the G guy...
I love this book very much.
It was full of characters but last 100 pages were so interesting and so intense
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly great
Abderrahmane El
EMM! Not bad, but not thaat goood
Ayah Shehata
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ahmad Gamal
I believe I am not the best to provide a review for novels -as I am not that much into them-, specially Arabic ones. However, I feel the urge to write one for this novel as:

It is one of the best novels I have ever read, in Arabic at least. I find it better than his latest: "الفيل الأزرق". That does not necessarily mean that it is not good, however, I like the Politics and social corruption reflected in this one. Or maybe just because I could feel that I am part of it.

Ahmad's refusal to give in t
Mostafa Elshaier
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really hard to find an author who writes about society's problems, standards and political corruption without boring you to death, especially when the reader is part of that society and knows/lives what is happening around him. But, Ahmad Mourad's Vertigo is an exception. Vertigo takes the society's double standards and old regime's corruption to a whole 'other level. Mourad's perspective and way of looking and analyzing the pre-Jan25 Egypt deserves a look at. He really knows how to tell a ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahmed Mourad is a talented writer. I read all of his books and fell in love with each and everyone of them except for the last 2.
Vertigo is a crime thriller. It’s about a young photographer who witness the death of his friend who happens to be in the right place at the wrong time. He vows to find the killer and avenge the death of his best friend.
Mourad has a way of making his characters so vivid and real and that’s due to his obsession with minute details. The only flaw in the story is the us
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book ... I wasn't as interested as when I reached the middle of the book ...suddenly I couldn't put the book down ....I loved the book ...i loved the ending ...i felt happy and proud .....loved Ahmed morad's way of writing's really interesting how he can let you in the soul of the main character "Ahmed " and you feel like you're in his place ...there's no way you can compare between the tv series and the book ...cause the book is much better :) looking forward t ...more
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