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Yacoubians hus (original 2002; edition 2007)

by Ala Aswani

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Title:Yacoubians hus
Authors:Ala Aswani
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The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany (2002)

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ביקורת חריפה ונועזת על המשטר והחברה במצריים של מוב​אראק. אבל כספרות חלש מאוד. מתוך רצון להציג גלריה ש​ל טיפוסים ובעיות יותר מדי גיבורים וסיפורים נפרדים ​שלא באמת מצטרפים לספר ושאף אחד מהם לא באמת נוגע לל​ ( )
  amoskovacs | Aug 24, 2016 |
Good, sad depiction of a cross-section of Egyptian society. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
what a story! the plot lines of a soap opera, action, sex, violence, good pace, and all brushed with the exotic flavor of the different world of Egyptian life. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
My book club selected this book. It's an interesting look at modern-day Egyptian culture / society. The confusing case of characters made it difficult for me to read, though. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 16, 2016 |
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany - good

This is the book that has delayed my review writing as I'm just not sure what to say about it and I've been dithering for a month or so.

This is kind of like an Egyptian Soap Opera well not an Egyptian style Soap opera but a British style soap opera set in Cairo (two very different styles of soap iykwim).

The Yacoubian building is divided into apartments that the well-to-do and middle class rent, but on the roof there are a number of storage areas that have been steadily converted into shanty style dwellings for their servants and various lower class people. The book follows the intertwining lives of these inhabitants.

The reason I'm struggling to put my thoughts to 'paper' is that although I think the book is well written and interesting - the convoluted plot kept me entertained - I became quite uncomfortable with various plot lines. I love Egypt and all the people I've met on my travels there have been lovely. This Egypt I didn't like. The oppression of the poor, the corruption, the treatment of women - and as for a women who is poor.... This was published in 2002 and I would love to think that 12 years later this might have changed but, sad to say, I think it may have improved for men but for women it is probably worse.

I've been meaning to read Cairo by Ahdaf Soueif, I need to do so soon - maybe that will give me more hope!
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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
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The distance between Baehler Passage, where Zaki Bey el Dessouki lives, and his office in the Yacoubian Building is not more than a hundred meters, but it takes him an hour to cover it each morning as he is obliged to greet his friends on the street.
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This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.

All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo: a fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed "scientist of women"; a sultry, voluptuous siren; a devout young student, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism; a newspaper editor helplessly in love with a policeman; a corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify his desires.

These disparate lives careen toward an explosive conclusion in Alaa Al Aswany's remarkable international bestseller. Teeming with frank sexuality and heartfelt compassion, this book is an important window on to the experience of loss and love in the Arab world.

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The lives and fortunes of the inhabitants of the Yacoubian Building, a once elegant, Art Deco apartment building in the heart of downtown Cairo, intertwine as the destinies of a fading aristocrat, voluptuous siren, devout young doorman, secretly gay newspaper editor, roof- squatting tailor, and corrupt politician come together.… (more)

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