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Kahe palee vahel

(The Cairo Trilogy #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  13,833 ratings  ·  1,418 reviews
Araabia maailma tuntumaid kirjanikke, egiptlane Nagib Mahfuz pälvis oma loomingu eest Nobeli kirjanduspreemia aastal 1988. Oma loominguga oli ta innustajaks paljudele araabia autoritele, kuid tuntust ja armastust on leidnud tema looming ka laiemas maailmas. Siinsete kaante vahel avaneb huvitatud lugejale Mahfuzi kõige tuntum teos Kahe palee vahel (Bajn al-Qaṣrajn). Selles ...more
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Published 2019 by Eesti Raamat (first published 1956)
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Jim Fonseca
The story of a tyrannical father in Cairo at the time of World War I. He belongs to the ultraconservative Muslim Hanbali sect. His wife sits outside his bedroom door each morning waiting to be called in to help him dress. His four children, two girls, three boys, kiss his hand each morning. He keeps his boys in line by beating them on the soles of their feet. His children and his wife cannot ask him a question unless they first ask his permission to speak. They call him sir, even his wife. And ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel, africa, bestest
The Cairo trilogy by NF is a work of Tolstoyan proportions, drawing a picture of a place during a certain period through its portrayal of a large number of well-developed complex characters. Though mostly it is a story of a joint family, it expands into the political and socio-religious arena of its times. There is a lot more to this book than I will go into this review of its the first instalment of triology, Palace Walk.

The writing in first few and last few chapters is simply beautiful. The
Kee ✦ Queen
Two years ago, I spotted Palace Walk in a bookshelf and thought that this might be an interesting read because the last time I encountered a story that has something to do with Muslim culture was in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and that was it. Still, I always strive to expand my preferences and immerse myself on literature that is more culturally diverse than I'm more used to. In all honesty, I also selected to buy this particular book because of the Nobel Prize Awardee label attached to ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egypt
"The Palace Walk" by Naguib Mahfouz is, by far, the best work of fiction that I have read this year and is now one of my top ten favourite novels.

"The Palace Walk" is the first volume of The Cairo Trilogy. It centers on the life of an Egyptian Muslim family living through the period between the end of World War I and the beginning of the 1919 revolution against British rule, a time of dramatic change in Egypt.

The novel is an engrossing story of epic proportions. Each character is examined
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, africa, egypt
One of the best books I've read.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The way love can disregard fears, however, is an age-old wonder. No fear is able to spoil love's development or keep it from dreaming of its appointed hour.

Palace Walk is a sweeping realist survey of a middle class family in Cairo. The novel covers two years or so from 1917-19, culminating in the Egyptian Revolution which overthrew the British Protectorate. The Abd al-Jawad family is dominated by the father, an ostensibly pious man who forbids his wife and two daughters from being seen, much
Clif Hostetler
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Originally published in Arabic in 1956, this novel was written by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the first book of the Cairo Trilogy that was translated into English in 1990.

The setting of the novel is Cairo during and just after World War I, 1917 to 1919. Most of the story focuses on the life of one family living on a street named "Palace Walk," and toward the end the plot spreads to include demonstrations and protests leading up to the
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its the most read work for me. Which I do not feel bored with it at all, and how can it not be? It is great to my dear: Naguib Mahfouz.

In silence very quiet night, Egyptian woman stood up and the wait for her husband's views on the top corner of the street, stood in Mashrabia eager, and the listener is enjoying the sight of the street neighborhood spring, and which cuts between them and him are many reasons, no longer have only voyeurism between now and then.

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Brown Girl Reading
I started this book in November and then read a little bit in December and finally finished it in January. This novel is best described as an engrossing saga of a Muslim family in the early 1900s. The characters situations and places are described in heavy detail, which make the story very realistic even though it is fiction. The reader can get the full effects of lif in Egypt at this time and the oppressive life for women and for the Egyptian people. Palace Walk is the fir novel of the trilogy ...more
Delicious story of a master storyteller, about a patriarch Ahmed and his family in Cairo, around and shortly after the first world war. The man lives a double life: at home very strict and even cruel, his children and his wife tremble for him, but outdoors he is amiable and he leads a dissolute life, with music, wine and women. But throughout the story some cracks appear in the man's reputation and it ends up dramatically.

This book seems to offer a beautiful introduction to the Arab culture,
Beautifully written, gently flowing story of a Muslim family in Cairo in the early part of the 1900's. Wonderful characterisation of all the family members from the despotic father who enjoyed the best of both worlds, his peace making but submissive wife Amina and his very different offspring. My favourite being Kamal in his quest for knowledge and his wide eyed innocence.

Will hopefully get to the other two novels in the series very soon. A different way of life, a different culture but at heart
Sitting in the garden of my friend Jim yesterday with several other readers we were discussing this novel by the Nobel-prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz. Everyone agreed that it was a good read and perhaps even a great book. The reasons center on the characters Mahfouz has created and their relationships--their story. he story is one which takes you back to Cairo, Egypt during the Great War. Palace Walk is set in Cairo, and covers the time between 1917 and the Egyptian revolution of 1919. Most of the ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Men have the right to anything they want and women have a duty to obey is the philosophy upon which this cast of characters operates, and it sets the stage for moral outrage on the part of western readers, and self destruction on the part of some characters as their world is torn asunder with change.

Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, a successful shopkeeper living in the Cairo neighbourhood of Palace Walk, is literally the king of his domain, ruling his family with a fundamentalist fist, while living a
Despite the fact that the father irritated me intensely with his hypocrisy, I loved this family saga set in 1900 (?) up to 1919 Cairo! I got involved with all the family members and learned a bit more about Anglo-Egyptian relations post-WW1 as well. I can see why Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize!
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-egypt
The reader follows the everyday life of the Abd al-Jawad family, living in Cairo, from early 1900 under British protectorate to the revolution of 1919. There isn't only the interesting historical background, but what I found more fascinating were the habits and customs of everyday life in this Egyptian family.
There is the despotic father, Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who terrorized the other members of the family; nice, friendly and a perfect buddy outside the household, but an unbearable
Missy J

I have wanted to read this classic for a very long time, but was always hesitant to pick it up. What if I don't get it, the way I didn't enjoy and understand Doctor Zhivago or Midnight Children? Palace Walk is also quite a big book, so I kept putting it off. Until I made it a priority to read it before 2018 ends.

Wow, how mistaken I was! This book is so readable, the characters are so vivid and the plot was easy to follow. I love family sagas that are juxtaposed to the development of a
May 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was frustrated with this book...I was expecting more...
I struggled through the first 150 pages, just trying to become interested in the characters and see where the story was headed. The family was so far outside of my experience that I found them difficult to relate to.

The father was overbearing, cruel, distant, prideful and hypocritical. He saved his best and most pleasant traits for his friends and his family was left with a far-removed disciplinarian. And he never changed. Amina, the
Lisa Vegan
I loathed the father and was incredibly frustrated with the mother. I had a difficult time understanding most of the characters. Sometimes, especially when there are the cultural and era differences there are here, I have tremendous interest in a book; here it made it very difficult for me to read it. Im not sure why as Ive adored plenty of books with evil or unappealing characters. I did begin to enjoy it a bit more toward the end and I should probably give the next two books in the trilogy a ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mahfouz is the only Arab writer to my knowledge to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. This particular novel is the first of three in his Cairo Trilogy, published in 1956 and translated into English in 1990. I am unsure what I expected when I began reading it. Within the past few months I had completed Lawrence Durrells Alexandria Quartet, and I suppose I expected something similar. I could not have been more mistaken.

This work takes place in Cairo between 1917 and 1919, from the
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first installment of Mahfouz's Cairo trilogy. This first novel serves as an introduction to the Al-Jawad family, centered around its tyrannical patriarch Mr Ahmad. He rules his family with an iron fist, but luckily his family obligations do not stand in the way of his libertine nightlife. As daily life unfolds in Palace Walk, with its retinue of weddings, births, deaths, divorces, so does History in this Cairo of 1919, where the British rule starts to fray at the seams.

I was
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Palace Walk is the first novel in the Cairo Trilogy by the winner of 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, from Egypt - Naguib Mahfouz. First published in 1956, the novel started in 1917 in the midst of WWI. Egypt was occupied by the British, and after the war was over, talks of independence were rampant.

We see Egypt through the viewpoint of a single family: the patriarch Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, his submissive wife Amina, and
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In fact, I read this book as part of the trilogy published as a hardcover by Everyman's Library. I'm sorry I don't have it nearby to consult. In brief, I think this book is readable, understandable and inspiring since the author's written so well with wonderful narratives as well as lively dialogs among characters. It's a pity I can't read Arabic, its original version. Therefore, I've to be content with its translated one into English. Moreover, it subtly guides/helps us understand more on ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps my first venture into Arabic literature. I haven't read anything that was written by writers hailing from the Middle East, and so when I figured I should change that, I decided to look first into the works of Nagīb Maḥfūẓ, who was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. And with that in mind, I selected the first book of his Cairo Trilogy, entitled Palace Walk (Arabic: بين القصرين Bayn al-qasrayn).

So what is this about?

This book tells the story of the
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, realism
He was staring into space, and the expression on his face suggested that he felt relaxed and contented. He was obviously pleased to feel the love and affection people harbored for him. If he could have discerned some sign of their love every day, that would have made each day happy and splendid in a way no amount of repetition could blunt.

Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad is the bedrock of this novel, if not quite the center of it. Mahfouz's real subject is al-Sayyid Ahmad's family--his devout and
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cairo, 1917.

The "great" nations are fighting their "great" war with their great weapons and foreign ways. Cairo is flooded by the hated English/Australian soldiers. While most of the Egyptian people would like the Germans and Turks to win the war, it is not happening and the English seem to be there for ever.

Ahmad Abd al-Jawad lives in his house with his wife Amina and his 5 children (two girls and two boys all around 20 years old, and a ten year old boy)

He runs his house as a tyrant.

None of
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first novel in The Cairo Trilogy is set in a Cairene neighborhood in October 1917, just after the death of Husayn Kamal, the Sultan of Egypt. Kamal was chosen three years earlier as the figurehead of the land that was a part the Ottoman Empire but had been ruled by Great Britain since 1882. The previous leader, Abbas II, was deposed by the British at the onset of World War I, once the Ottoman Empire sided with the Central Powers and against Great Britain. Egypt was declared a British ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy translated literature
Shelves: books-from-1956

(Palace Walk is the first volume of the Cairo Trilogy. It was originally published in Arabic in 1956; translated by William M Hutchins and Olive E Kenny, then released in English by Doubleday in 1990)

Naguib Mahfouz is a Nobel prize winner from 1988. He is credited as the first Egyptian to write modern novels. Palace Walk follows a middle class family through two years in the early 1900s. World War I is ending, leaving Egypt under occupation by British forces, their leaders sent into exile and
Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book comes across as well written even in translation. The prose is easy to read and the level of detail is very high so you can picture what everything looks like perfectly. The book (at least as far as I've gotten) has no plot, it's all about the characterisation and unfortunately the characterisation is the most regrettable thing I've read in a LONG time. Imagine if you will a book written less than a century after slavery ended, written by a white man, where one of the central ...more
Book one of The Cairo Trilogy, authored by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1988).

This is the story of the life of an Egyptian Muslim family living through the period between the end of World War I and the beginning of the 1919 revolution against British rule, a time of dramatic change in Egypt.

It isn't short book, but it is a relatively easy read. The chapters are short and loosely change from character to character. The character depth is engrossing and each characters story gets
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the original Arabic of Mahfouz's Trilogy twice. The first time when I was 15 and it shaped my mind and won me for ever to literature. The second time was thirty years later and I discovered much richer layers in the book. Now reading the English translation I was curious to see how Mahfouz feels in English. It is a wonderful translation, accurate and fluent. However, I felt that Mahfouz the stylist, the master of fascinating Arabic is absent and the fact that the book retains its ...more
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Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic author profile: نجيب محفوظ) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He published over 50 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films.

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