Next Book Club Selection

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Our next book club selection is Palace Walk, the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s “Cairo Trilogy”!  We will probably discuss it in late April/early May.  That may sound like a long way off, but don’t hesitate to get started on the book!  Below is a brief description.

This extraordinary novel provides a close look into Cairo society at the end of World War I. Mahfouz’s vehicle for this examination is the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad, a middle-class merchant who runs his family strictly according to the Qur’an and directs his own behavior according to his desires. Consequently, while his wife and two daughters remain cloistered at home, and his three sons live in fear of his harsh will, al-Sayyid Ahmad nightly explores the pleasures of Cairo. Written by the first Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize, Palace Walk begins Mahfouz’s highly acclaimed “Cairo Trilogy,” which follows Egypt’s development from 1917 to nationalism and Nasser in the 1950s.

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