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Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz
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I am glad that a friend warned me that this second book in the Cairo trilogy would not live up to the first one (which I loved) -- this one, though well written, wasn't nearly as interesting to me. The women in the family are much more in the background for one thing; another is that Kamal, the youngest son, spends long sections rhapsodizing about his first love Aïda. He didn't seem to know her at all; in fact, it was more that he was in love with being in love. Yasin and his father both continue to behave as they did in the first book, though the father's behaviour towards his family was a little softened.

I do look forward to the final book in this trilogy!
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Reading Progress

November 2, 2016 – Started Reading
November 2, 2016 – Shelved
November 2, 2016 – Shelved as: african
November 2, 2016 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
November 2, 2016 – Shelved as: nobel-winner
November 2, 2016 –
page 60
14.22%
November 3, 2016 –
page 140
33.18%
November 10, 2016 –
page 195
46.21%
November 11, 2016 –
page 273
64.69%
November 12, 2016 –
page 385
91.23%
November 13, 2016 – Finished Reading

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