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ﻳﺼﻒ ﻟﻨﺎ ﻧﺠﻴﺐ ﻣﺤﻔﻮﻅ ﺳﻌﻲ ﺍﻟﻨﻔﺲ ﺍﻟﺒﺸﺮﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺪﺍﺋﻢ ﺍﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﺨﻼﺹ ﻭﺗﻤﺮﺩﻫﺎ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻧﻔﺴﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺍﺭﺗﻀﺖ ﺑﺎﻟﻮﺍﻗﻊ ﺍﻟﻤﺮﻳﺮ، ﻓﺘﺤﺜﻬﺎ ﺩﺍﺋﻤﺎ ﺍﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﺨﻼﺹ، ﻭﺍﻟﺨﺮﻭﺝ ﻣﻦ ﻧﻔﻖ ﺍﻟﻨﻔﺲ ﺍﻟﻤﻈﻠﻢ، ﻭﻟﻜﻨﻬﺎ ﺗﺼﻄﺪﻡ ﺩﺍﺋﻤﺎ ﺑﺤﺐ ﺍﻟﺪﻧﻴﺎ ﻭﺍﻏﻮﺍﺋﺎﺗﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻼﻣﺤﺪﻭﺩﺓ ﻭﻫﻨﺎ ﻳﻜﻮﻥ ﻣﻔﺘﺮﻕ ﺍﻟﻄﺮﻕ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺗﺨﺘﺎﺭ ﻓﻴﻪ ﺍﻟﻨﻔﺲ ﺍﻣﺎ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺮ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺧﻄﻰ ﺍﻟﺼﺎﻟﺤﻴﻦ ﺍﻷﻭﺍﺋﻞ ﺃﻭ ﺍﻟﺤﻴﺎﺩ ﻋﻦ ﻃﺮﻳﻘﻬﻢ ﻭﺍﻳﺜﺎﺭ ﺷﻬﻮﺍﺗﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﺪﺍﺧﻠﻴﺔ، ﻛﻤﺎ ﻳﺼﻒ ﻟﻨﺎ ﺍﻟﺨﻨﻮﻉ ﻭﺍﻟﺬﻝ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻳﺼﻴﺐ ﺍﻟﻨﻔﺲ ﻣﻦ ﺟﺮﺍﺀ ...more
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Published 2006 by دار الشروق (first published 1977)
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Huda Aweys
My review in English first then in Arabic-مراجعتي بالإنجليزية تليها مراجعة بالعربية
One of the most beautiful novels that Mahfouz (God's mercy) wrote ..
physical and psychological conflict between good and evil, virtue and vice ... right and wrong, embodied in literary epic interesting and profound, Take us to Egypt in the early twentieth century .. to its streets and palaces ..
Make us live in the midst of its people..traders, dervishes and Mandarins
من أجمل ما كتب محفوظ رحمه الله .. ، الصراع
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Sue
Enjoyed this depiction of life in the "alley" over 10 generations of a family in Egypt, as various men, and occasional women, in a family struggle to become chief, or powers, of the alley or decide to (or are forced) live a "lower" life among the harafish, the common people. The tale is similar in some ways to the author's Children of the Alley, being set in the same streets, and showing the rise and fall of men over years. But here, the writing is more lyrical, the ebb and flow of the family is ...more
Daren
I was looking forward to this novel, having enjoyed immensely the Cairo Trilogy, the masterpiece by the same author. I looked forward to the sweeping narrative, the complex twists & turns of the generations of the al-Nagi family. However the depth with which Mahfouz wrote the Cairo Trilogy isn't present here. This is a much more superficial overview - it moves very quickly. Perhaps not less successful, but a very different model.

This book is separated into ten chapters or ten 'epics' as they
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Ensiform
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arabic
Translated by Catherine Cobham. The sprawling saga of a Cairo family, the al-Nagis, starting with the first and greatest, who rose from a foundling into a benevolent clan chief who fought for the people (the harafish), and continuing for a dozen generations. After the first, however, the Nagis sink gradually into vice, oppression and madness; lust for power makes them rue the old days, while it precludes them from reconstructing them.

This is a confusing but rich novel. The number of minor
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Ngiannotti
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is more lyrical than the Cairo trilogy, so in that respect it sticks in my mind. But, then again the historical events weren't the mainstage. The language of this novel was extremely eloquent though and really I wished the trilogy was written like this. Although it might just be the translator. . .immerse yourself in this tale. . .eloquent, educational, amen. a Mahfouz fan for life because of this book
Sara
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-novels
This isn't actually one story, but rather a collection of 10 tales. I didn't like it because it was almost all exposition, description and getting from A to B. As soon as I was interested in a character and his or her story, it was quickly wrapped up to make way for the next tale, usually about the previous tale's character's child. It felt a lot like the book of Genesis: "A begat B, who married C and D and begat E, F and G..." I also didn't like that there was no sense of the passage of time or ...more
Tyler
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Mahfouz; Fans of Literature
The Harafish, which translates as “the common people,” traces an Egyptian family’s progress over ten generations in ten chapters. The point is to find out whether good character traits in a family can be handed down, or if they can even recur to the same effect, in later generations. This is a good idea for a book.

The number of characters in this epic means that readers gain in-depth knowledge of only a few. This is not a novel for people looking for character development. The plot has no time,
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Beth
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the passionate dark of dawn, on the path between death and life, within view of the watchful stars and within earshot of the beautiful, obscure anthems, a voice told of the trials and joys promised to our alley. In The Harafish, Nobelist Naguib Mahfouz spins out an epic tale of many generations of a single family living in an Egyptian city. The tale begins with an abandoned infant, taken in by a local man and raised as his own. The family is poor, but the child is raised with love and taught ...more
Mariam
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naguib Mahfouz is one of my favorite authors, and this is among my favorite books of all time.
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Tasneemali
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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To start with I am in love with the novel.

The main theme of the novel is seeking and struggling for justice.

It’s written in a poetic way that touches your soul and filled with all these philosophical questions. This whole anatomy of the character and its psychological depth I think is Naguib’s brilliant and one of a kind style!

Secondly, the novel totally made me relive “Hundred Years of Solitude” .Naguib did write the novel after ten years from Gabriel but I’m not saying Naguib is repeating him
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Wafia
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was originally introduced to this book in a non-western lit class and i had to do a paper on it. I only read an excerpt and that seemed reasonably ok. I year later, my mom unknowingly bought it for me. The book was not really the type that i am used to reading but injoyed it.
Its about generations of the Nagi family. It takes place in Cairo, Egypt. The book is seperated into short parts and each part is a generation from the Nagi family. The family starts off in glory and become legend. And as
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تماضر المهدي
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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J. k. Rowling has once said: "It's our choices that show who we really are, far more than our abilities."
Naguib Mahfouz's brilliance is really obvious here. He basically summed up life with all it's perks and sin and karma. I don't think i'll ever get over his ability to write a novel of almost 600 pages discussing 10 generations. Each generation has it's own different story but somehow they're all connected. I tried to read it as slow as possible so i could feel everything and enjoy everything.
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Maggie Ayau
I needed to read this quickly because I recently remembered that I’ve been borrowing it from a friend for over two years now. (Sorry Kyler.)

Another mark in my interest in reading storylines that diverge from a typical arc. This one is more like an actual line. The epic starts at the specific point of discovery of the newborn Ashur al-Nagi outside of a Cairo monestery. Ashur grows up to be a noble and just leader of the clan that rules the alley, respected by the harafish, or the working and
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Mohamed
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feels weird to review an Arabic book in English, but I feel like I wouldn't be able to give this book its fair dues otherwise. Having only recently gotten back to reading Arabic books, a thing I am woefully behind on, I am blown away by everything in this novel. The marriage of fantasy and reality, in a very specific Egyptian flavor that feels like I'm being told an age-old myth. The sensation of time being cyclical, generations of the same family going through the same events - or a variation ...more
mohamad Shibly
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One hundred years of solitude???
One hundred times better
Jennifer
The Harafish begins with the story of Ashur al-Nagi, an abandoned baby who grows up to bring justice to his Cairo alley as clan chief. Rather than use his position to enrich himself as other chiefs do, Ashur raises up the harafish--or the common people--of the alley while continuing his simple life as a cart driver.

It's also the story of many of his decendants, who aspire to live up to his legendary greatness (greatness through modesty, that is) but mostly fail due to greed, ambition and
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Laura
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read this years ago and couldn't get into it, but when I read it again now, I was hooked. The story moves fast, as in decades fly by with one sentence. It is the epic story of a family descended from a hero, Ashur, who stars in the first story. The subsequent nine stories detail the various downfalls and wild tales of the nine or so (I lost count) generations after him. Like Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude," this story has a mythic and surreal feel to it. Unlike Garcia ...more
Nour Al-Ali
I did not like it. I was shocked that I couldn't stand a storyline written by the great Mahfouz. I hated how women were always the cause of "great" men falling. I hated how women were constantly cursed. The only way a man was cursed was if it was due to his mother's ill reputation or something she did. Bad luck was an omen associated with only women, sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. Though the language was beautifully translated. Probably the only thing that made reading it bearable. I really did not ...more
Azmi Ashour
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to live for 300 years try to read this novel
Sara Khairy
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book :))
أحمد فريد
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All time Masterpiece.
Chris G
Dec 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On par with a great benchmark, "One Hundred Years of Solitude."
mireille
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a bit slow to start but once i settled into it i couldn't put it down. aesop meets arabian nights in a tale about the trappings of life as a human being that is centuries long and timeless.
Parikhit
Naguib Mahfouz, without a doubt, is an author I admire for his observation and philosophy. I mustn't be comparing him with authors of the yore but I cannot help draw a resemblance between Mafouz, Dostoyevsky and Charles Dickens; unlike the latter authors Mahfouz keeps his descriptions short, does not ramble much but ensures an effect so profound that you find yourself drawn into the whirlwinds of despondency and questioning the very cores of life as we know it.

'The Harafish' was no different.
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Willy
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me three days to devour this book with its extraordinary characters and exquisite storytelling of Naguib Mahfouz who overdid it in describing how complex and simple his characters were.
Naguib Mahfouz never fails to shock me with the malicious and avaricious reality of some people and the benevolent reality of others.
Mohamed Araby
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mahfouz is a genius & Elharafish is a miracle. The amount of beauty in this novel is indescribable , every page every sentence & every character is a piece of art in it's own. Whenever I finished a page I felt like rereading it because of how well it was written. I honestly can't understand how can a human being write something that good.
Harris
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as good as The Cairo Trilogy. This book goes through so many generations over a relatively short page span that there wasn't enough character development.
Ahmed
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Novels I've ever read in my life!
Assil Ksiksi
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arabic
A truly amazing tale set in Cairo spanning generations of a single family.
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