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يجلس الجبلاوي في بيته الكبير المحاط بالحدائق واﻷسوار العالية ومن حوله أحفاده الذين يتنازعون للحصول على وقفه، ويقوم الفتوات بابعاد هؤلاء عن جنته اﻷرضية، حيث استقرت ذريته خارج أسوار البيت الكبير، وبالرغم من فقرهم الا انهم لم يكفو عن الدعاء بأن ينزل الجبلاوي اليهم ويترك عزلته ويوزع تركته ويخلصهم من بطش الفتوات فيسود الخير على الجميع، ويظهر في كل جيل هذا المخلص والذي
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Paperback, 600 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by دار الشروق (first published 1959)
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Lisa
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, nobels
Oh, the banality of human beliefs!

Some years back, when I introduced Mahfouz to my eager son, who quickly made him one of his favourite authors, I told him that this parable on the development of human beliefs, societies and rituals is a quite simple, yet true tale. After he had read it, he agreed, and claimed other works by this versatile author his preferred reading.

Thinking back though, I am convinced that it is precisely the banality of the cyclical need for revolution, followed by the
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Ahmad Sharabiani
أولاد حارتنا = Children of Our Alley = Children of Gebelawi, Naguib Mahfouz

Children of the Alley, is a novel by the Egyptian writer and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

It is also known by its Egyptian dialectal transliteration, Awlad Haretna, formal Arabic transliteration, Awlaadu Haaratena and by the alternative translated trans-literal Arabic title of Children of Our Alley.

The story recreates the interlinked history of the three monotheistic Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and
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Jibran
Our plague is forgetfulness.

To think that an attempt was made on Naguib Mahfouz's life for writing this book is beyond ridiculous. It shows that those who want to shut up books aren't really bothered with actual offensive material but react to perceptions of insult to their ideology in a world in which they are becoming increasingly outdated and irrelevant, hence all this mindless sensitiveness.

As to the novel itself, I had a hard time with its two-dimensional characterisations and insufficient
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Sue
Initially I was put off by the violence, the foreign-ness of this novel but I'm very glad I persisted. This is a retelling of Biblical and Islamic stories of heroes and villains with the heroes occasionally victorious but the world eventually sinking back into the same mire of brutality and rule of the sword.

The heroes are not equally or identically heroic, each trying a different way to bring peace and equality to the world. None is fully successful. It would appear that mankind is still
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Judy

I have read quite a few novels by Naguib Mahfouz and found this one weaker than what I have read before. The premise is a good one: to cover the spiritual history of mankind in terms of our efforts to improve our existence and society.

Using the framework of key historical moments, he offers tales concerning the inhabitants dwelling in an Egyptian alley. All these people have a common ancestor and indeed exist to greater or lesser degrees by the whim of their patriarch. In each period covered
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Caroline
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: very-good-books
Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, all portrayed as characters in an alley, as Children of their founder Gebelaawi. Fascinating, with some slow parts. But fascinating.
Sidharth Vardhan
This is an allegory on the history of prophets of Abraham religions – Adam, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad represented as far as humanly possible. Gebelaawi, the creator of an alley, favored his son (from a servant) Adham over his other sons of higher birth including Idris (Iblis). Idris walked out on his father and later tricked Adham into the temptation of knowing G’s will causing G to throw him out.

“Your mind stays in the place it's been thrown out of.”

Adham lived on hoping to get back the
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Bettie
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(translated by Philip Stewart)
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Copyright: 1981
Audiobook Copyright: 2006
Genre: Fiction> religion
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Rania
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
"آفة حارتِنا النسيان."
"Our alley is plagued with forgetfulness."
Forgetfulness, what a plague..
And because of this forgetfulness, the same story is repeated over and over again, with different characters and at different times.
We are before an extraordinary novel. Extraordinary in every sense of word. It is a novel that was about to bring its author to his doom after being misinterpreted by a group of fascist Islamists who took it for being blasphemous.
Let's admit, however, that it's not a novel
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Amr Rashad
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Neveen
This book stirred up so much controversy when it was first released. To this day I can't find a serious and objective review of the book in Arabic. Unfortunately, it was judged as blasphemous and no one could get over the similarities between the main characters of the novel and prominent religious figures.

From the begining of the novel it is clear that it is an allegory of the human spiritual experiennce. The parallels between events in the Gabalawy household and the story of creation are
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Ruth
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb on the inside jacket copy says, "neither a parable nor an allegory." I've been puzzling over how they could say that. I thought it was allegory early on when Gabalawi throws Adhem and his wife out of the mansion with the beautiful garden they loved so much. Later in the book there’s a Cain and Abel parallel, too. Allegory all the way. Most Egyptians are not Christian. I kept reading this as almost parallel to many Christian bible stories, and wondering if Islam has similar stories or ...more
Kristen Northrup
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fromlibrary
A really interesting concept, well-executed. (Nobel Prize winner, so go figure.) That concept was also a permanent distraction, however. Especially when the plot would deviate from the 'real' story. Although the deviations did at least keep it all from being totally predictable. For the second-to-last chapter, I know basically nothing about the theme, but even then I kept wondering which bits would be familiar if I did, and just generally felt guilty for knowing so little. Subplots involving ...more
ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos)
'Children of the Alley' is a book worth reading even if not life changing one. (It may elicit stronger emotions from those with strong religious or political beliefs). Reading "Children of the Alley" becomes more enjoyable for the reader, the greater their knowledge of Jewish/Christian/Muslim mythologies. This is an allegory, and as with all allegories, the enjoyment increases with the understanding of the connections. That being said, this is not a difficult book to understand in its basics but ...more
Gohar Khokhar
I liked the idea of relating characters to historical figures of Abrahamic religion, but i felt a lot of repetition is there, gangsters and overseer are in every episode which make it monotonous.

Tharwat Abaza
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Naguib Mahfouz read and my second Arabic read in general. I think this is one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read. The beautiful harmony between real life places and people and fiction and the very-well-thought-out use of symbolism in this piece is astonishing. I got absorbed into the pages and the more I read the more I wanted to read.
I think everyone should read this book at some point in their lives. You just have to.
Hassan G
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.56
It was gripping, archetypal, yet the characters felt two dimensional and unconvincing. Initially, I felt that the story was somewhat enjoyable, and easy to breeze through.
Tyler
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Allegory
Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy was so good that I found myself let down after reading this book. The idea had seemed just like something I might like: A series of stories bear an eerie parallel to those found in the Bible and the Koran. Ah, the controversy! I can just hear it now! Or ... maybe not.

What Mahfouz is trying to do here is introduce existentialism to an Arabic-speaking readership. The book came out in 1958, after all, during the heyday of the genre. Anyone missing this point can be
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Imane
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The whole idea of the story is genius . Najib Mahfuz has perfectly crafted his story by including characters similar to prophets , and how they were all striving to make their land a better place.I don't think this book was meant to attack religion at any rate.The whole opposition it received from religious authorities was solely based on the idea that anything which criticises religion,either directly or indirectly,is doomed to be banned and rejected.
Zahraa
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I don't see what's the big deal about this book for it to win its author a Nobel Prize. It clearly was a re telling of adam&eve/Moses/Jesus/Mohamed stories, which I don't have a problem with, but it became very predictable and it couldn't keep me interested.
Zainab Mirah
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finally met my favorite book.
Rami Hamze
One of my all-time favorites, this book is a masterpiece of symbolism. where do I start, I could write a thesis on this not a review. I had to read it with google by my side, every sentence held a hidden meaning. Just as Orwell used animals in a farm to denote a “higher form of life” i.e. humans and tackle their taboos, Mahfouz used humans to symbolize prophets and religious figures. Novel starts with Gebalawi (God) the owner of the alley whose son Adham (Adam) was kicked out of the castle ...more
Karn Kher
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life goes on in the Alley. Story of an alley in Middle East/Egypt across generations, this is a simple tale that encompasses many religions. In a way it's the story of humanity, of our frailty, our weaknesses, the occasional bursts of strengths and our instinct to survive. One might compare it with 100 years of solitude and realize how similar situations can be so distinctly written. Read it if you want to read something grand yet simple.
Jay Bobman
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for a middle-eastern literature class, and it was far my favorite story/novel we have read in class! I felt like the allegories throughout the story were just distant enough from the stories/myths they derived from that it made it feel almost like a series of new stories at first. My favorite story was probably Adham, however, I got really frustrated with him as his story went on. Throughout the book, before the estate starts expanding and sharing some of its wealth, it ...more
Nour Samir
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
a masterpiece !
what i like the most that he insisted that it is a novel not a real story characters.
Menna
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Truly captivating and euphoric read. I would recommend familiarizing yourself with the religious fracas following the publishing of the novel. Also Mahfouz's documented responses.
Mohamed Salama
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am not able to complete it. Out of novels techniques, i can’t go through such issues.
Hager
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although the characters in the story are somehow related to our prophets, but I'm convinced with the author's saying "this was just a symbol". The story is great, it's so realistic, and the symbolic writing has added a highlight on how we should deal with our troubles with the men in power, who abuse their authorities, and abuse those who are more weak than them.
Highly recommended story, must read :)
Howard
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a recognised literary classic from the Egyptian author Mahfouz first published in Arabic in 1959. The novel went unnoticed until the author became a Nobel prize winner in 1988 when it attracted the attention of Islamic radicals for its content and much like Satanic Verses the author was condemned and Mahfouz ended up being knifed in 1994 (surviving). I’m not sure but I think the first English translation is by Stewart and the second (overcoming copyright issues?) is by Theroux. The title ...more
Einschrein
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by Paul Theroux, translation by Peter Theroux. I wish the translator had prepared an introduction to this novel because the story of the author, Naguib Mahfouz (why is the author's name written in Arabic on this site? I don't know), profoundly informs the reader. At the time of his death, Mahfouz was the single Arabic-language recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature - I assume Orhan Pumak joined his good company in 2006. The Children of the Alley seems like a simple allegorical ...more
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ولد في 11 ديسمبر 1911. حصل على ليسانس الآداب قسم الفلسفة عام 1934. أمضى طفولته في حي الجمالية حيث ولد، ثم انتقل إلى العباسية والحسين والغورية، وهي أحياء القاهرة القديمة التي أثارت اهتمامه في أعماله الأدبية وفي حايته الخاصة. حصل على إجازة في الفلسفة عام 1934 وأثناء إعداده لرسالة الماجستير وقع فريسة لصراع حاد بين
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“و من عجب ان اهل حارتنا يضحكون, علام يضحكوون ؟ انهم يهتفون للمنتصر ايا كان المنتصر, و يهللون للقوي ايا كان القوي, و يسجدون امام النبابيت يداوون بذلك كله الرعب الكامن في اعماقهم.” 681 likes
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