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تاكسي: حواديت المشاوير

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  14,865 ratings  ·  1,352 reviews
تاكسي: حواديت المشاوير الذي لاقى نجاحا نقديا وجماهيريا كبيرا وغير متوقع، فأثنى عليه الكثير من الكتاب والنقاد واستضافت مؤلفه عدد من البرامج التلفزيونية مثل العاشرة مساء والبيت بيتك والقاهرة اليوم، ووصفه د. عبد الوهاب المسيري بأنه "عمل إبداعي أصيل ومتعة فكرية حقيقية"، وقال عنه د. جلال أمين أنه من أجمل ما قرأ من كتب في وصف المجتمع المصري كما كتب عنه صفحة كاملة بجريدة المصري ا ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2009 by دار الشروق (first published December 2006)
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Ron
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
In conversations with 58 Cairo cab drivers, this entertaining novel is a street-level and street-smart portrait of the City on the Nile. Each chapter is a character sketch, no two alike, though there is a theme that runs through most of them - the near impossibility of making a living driving a taxi in this crowded and chaotic metropolis. Each man has a story to tell, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious. Taken together they are a lament for the country's economic problems, the undependa ...more
Maryam A 240511
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taxi is a title of a book that written by Khaled ALKhamissi and translated by Jonathan Wright. Its include 179 pages and contain 58 different conversation stories that face the author with the taxi drivers in Cairo. These number of stories talk about the life of Egyptian people especially the taxi drivers because they really suffer from the hard economic life and government problems in Egypt. However, in this book the author concentrate on how the life was during the authority of Mubarak and how ...more
حسين مهران
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
this book re-triggered my appetite to reading after years of boycott, Khaled El Khamissi has a really wonderful ability of noticing tiny details and creating interesting tales out of them, the idea itself is also brilliant and unique.
Cheryl
Taxi is a collection of over 50 descriptions of fictional encounters with taxi drivers in Cairo. It was published originally in Arabic in 2006 and was a bestseller in Egypt. Imagine the kinds of conversations you might have with a taxi driver, here in Canada. Depending on the news and sports cycles, you might be chatting about an upcoming election and how all the candidates are about the same anyway, or perhaps you might discuss how the price of gas is always going up just before the long weeken ...more
Dani
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very interesting introspection into the everyday life of modern Egyptians. While it's not particularly scholastic or riveting, it does have a wonderful 1001 nights feel to it, almost like every little story tells you something more about what these people are like. Fully recommend it.
Muamer
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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Anthony
Jan 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I read this book two weeks after the protests started in Egypt in early 2011 and the 58 short taxi driver stories put a modern country I know little about into perspective. Through these experiences the reader can understand how all of the animosities and frustrations of common, everyday Egyptians toward their government ran by Mubarak for 30 years have festered, built up, and finally boiled over. Unlike many government officials sitting in their office, the taxi drivers drive the streets all da ...more
Amaani
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amaani by: Antastesia
‘Taxi’ by Khaled AlKhamissi

The collection of small snippets of the conversations and happenings of taxi drivers in Cairo creates a wider portrayal of Egyptian society. Revealing political sentiments (although the author has to be extremely careful about what he actually says and how he says – there are numerous footnotes that the author has added to reinforce his neutrality towards different political opinions in the book). We are given characters who feel immense love for Egypt, and others who
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Alia A 240511
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taxi is a book that written by Khaled Alkhamissi and translated by Jonathan Wright. This book contains fifty eight short stories about different Egyptian drivers’ stories. It talks about how the life of Egyptians people is hard and how they are suffering from bad government and poor economic life. I like this book because I felt excited and interested when I started to read it and as I am a person who hates reading I had to find interesting book to motivates me to read and this book has succeede ...more
Rania
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that serves as a critique of the Egyptian society through the eyes of a particular social class, namely taxi drivers. As the writer says in his introduction, those drivers have even deeper insights than some politicians. Taxi drivers literally "live" on the street and meet all kinds of people, so they have very insightful opinions concerning the problems we suffer from in our Egyptian society. They constitute a very poor social class, so they serve as a representation long-suff ...more
Jason
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about taxi drivers in Cairo. If you think being a taxi driver is easy, think again. Driving in NY or Chicago is a piece of cake compared to Cairo. I only saw 2 spotlights the whole time I was in the city.

The book is good because: 1) it gives personal stories of Cairo drivers, 2) there is a lot of social commentary on life in Egypt, 3) there is lots of commentary on politics in Egypt, 4) all this is put inside interesting anecdotes.

Although this isn't the "best" book in the world,
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Lauren (wallflowerstories)
3/5 stars.

I didn't finish this book. I ended it on page 85. I really really like what I did read but I'm not in the mood for nonfiction and can't see myself finishing this any time soon. I will return to this book very soon because learning about middle eastern (or particularly Egyptian life) is so different and interesting.
Nourhan Sharaf
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
absolutely loved this book! I kept reading it and reading and reading. I just couldn't put it down.
Zahraa Waly
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire the capability of the writer to make a novel out of nowhere, very interesting.
Fatine Hamza
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
lovely book , simple and enjoyable to read
ALEF Bookstores
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read book to explore the Egyptian society.
Realistically touching...
Shatterlings
This is an interesting idea but without any sort of prior knowledge of Egypt’s politics it didn’t mean much to me. The chapters where the taxi drivers talked about their personal lives meant more, some themes are universal, having enough money, dealing with bureaucracy and educating their children. But there was a lot of politics.
Abanob Maher
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
different types of stories most of it are funny, take you on a journey that shows you many people experiences in life and how they are seeing life and interact with it, I enjoyed imaging the life of these people and the things that had not been written.
Hosam Shalash
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Rate : 3/5
Hashem Wali
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good read I enjoyed the book but took some time to finish the book love it recommend it for anyone
Elisabeth Sepulveda
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humanity, middle-east

While taxis are present in many locations, and a walk through New York City brings hundreds into view, the descriptions in “Taxi” by al-Khamissi reflect interesting aspects of Egyptian culture, particularly in the stories and responses of the drivers themselves.

Most of the individuals driving the taxis do so, not out of personal interest in the occupation, but through economic pressure. They need to put food on the table, and without an alternative for work, begin driving routes. As one driver s
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Henry Watts
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The accreditation on the front cover that this is ‘the novel that predicted the [Arab] uprising’ is an accurate one. Alkhamissi depicts an Egyptian society, disparate, but more or less unified in its frustration for Hosni Mubarak’s 25-year-long state monopoly before his downfall in 2011. It is a recording from the backseats of Cairo’s taxis of the whispers of a nascent revolution – the moment that Egypt’s cynicism began to turn much more visceral.

But the novel is prescient not only for revealing
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Nicole Cunningham
easily the best book i have read in a very very long time

a really good commuting book as each chapter is only a few pages long, so this book is easy to pick up and put down.
Steve Porter
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book I really love – informative fiction that makes you feel you know a place better than you would had you read a historical account or travel guide. Taxi is based around 58 conversations with cab drivers in Cairo and throughout the reader is given an insight into the minds of the people. The English translation is by Jonathan Wright and it reads very well.

The overriding impression you get of the people is that they have a serious mistrust of anything to do with the Egyptian
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jhldjfau
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows that the real way to get to know any country is to hail a cab, jump in, and let the driver rant and rave at will. This is the starting premise of Taxi, by Khaled Alkhamissi, whose narrator in the novel we never come to know. Instead, the central character relays the conversations, verbatim, that he has with any number of taxi drivers in Cairo over the course of perhaps a year. Published in 2006 prior to the Arab spring, it has been described by critics as "The novel that predicted ...more
Asma I 240511
This book is based around 58 conversations with drivers in Cairo written by Khaled Alkhamissi and translated by Jonathan Wright. The stories in the book show the life of poor people in Egypt during the last years of Mubarak’s reign and how they are suffering from country's economic problems and the undependability of government. I like the Author’s approach in writing because he explain for us what is happening in the street by giving personal stories of Cairo drivers that contain a lot of socia ...more
Nouran Gamal
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I really liked this book, it's light and a very good representative of the Egyptian society during Mubarak's reign (an era i wish it would NEVER repeat.. أيام الله لا يرجعها) In a brief and easy (smart) way the writer was able to discuss many aspects and many problems that the average citizens come across (in Egypt's case the average citizen is the very poor barely living citizen) it's heartbreaking, realistic, funny, and honest tales which left me with so many mixed up emotions like how i feel ...more
Ashley Placek
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compiled of stories from over 50 taxi drivers in Cairo, this book offers a unique and important look into the lives of taxi drivers and their diverse, yet common beliefs regarding the government. Reading this book (which is set in around 2008) in 2016 has offered a glance into political conditions within Egypt at that time and parallel conditions today. The lack of the fifth star was due to the at times repetitive nature of the book (which I could also see as being a tactic to drive the author's ...more
Moses Hetfield
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is a fascinating way to explore modern Cairo. Khamissi beautifully crafts 58 micro-stories (1-4 pages each) involving conversations with taxi drivers there, inspired by real conversations he has had with his cab drivers. Each taxi driver focuses on a different aspect of Egypt or of his life, providing a diverse set of unique perspectives throughout the book. Taxi seems like a brilliant commentary on Egyptian life. I say "seems like" because (full disclosure) I have never been t ...more
Mohamed Abdo
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
* I didnt expect the the egyptian driver is very professional to analyze every thing or event occurs in a way better than any political analyst that appears every hour at the television.
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* Thanks my god about my financial status that is better than many people in the life and i wish all standard living of all egyptian citizens improve after 25 revolution especially this drivers.

* I Wish the author make another book (part 2) about the opinions of the drivers about the revolution I think that the
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Khaled Al Khamissi was born to Egyptian actress Faten El Choubachi and poet Abdel Rahman Al Khamissi Lenin Peace Prize (1979) is an Egyptian novelist, columnist, lecturer, writer and cultural activist.

Upon his mother's death when he was five, Al Khamissi was raised by his maternal grandfather Moufid El Choubachi, also a poet, writer and critic. He grew up in a book-lined home, where politics, lit
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“اعمل الخير هيرجعلك خير .. عامل زى الصوت و صدى الصوت لو ماطلعتش صوت عالي من قلبك مش هتسمع صداه .. و كمان الخير لو ما عملتش خير من قلبك للناس عمر ما هيرجعلك خير” 214 likes
“الواحد من غير حلم ميقدرش يعيش ، يلاقي نفسه عنده " وخم " على طول ، مش قادر يتحرك من على السرير ، يكتئب ، يبقى عايز يموت، انما بالحلم تلاقي الواحد يتحرك رهوان ، يبقى فريرة ، نار قايدة متطفيش” 170 likes
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