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Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz
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" Hearing the drone of falling rain, he glanced at the panes of the window overlooking Palace Walk. He noticed pearly drops clinging to the surface of the glass,which was misty from the humidity in the air.A pearl soon slid to the bottom,tracing on the surface a bright line with a curving path like a shooting star. K-- went to the window and looked up at the raindrops pouring from the heavy clouds. The heavens were united with the earth by these glittering threads.The minarets and domes of the district seemed oblivious to the rain, and the horizon behind them resembled a silver frame. The entire scene was washed with a white blended with a brown teak,a combination suitable for exalted dreams."p387 Naguib Mahfouz doesn't write he paints word scenes to evoke a multigenerational family in Cairo. Listen and watch them fight, fall in love,take sides , switch sides ,fall in love with the same "whore". Marry some, divorce some, move in, move out but always revering the complex family ties that bind them.
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February 19, 2010 – Shelved
February 19, 2010 – Shelved as: muslim
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Mary I also was struck by the imagery of this passage.


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