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Children of Gebelawi by Naguib Mahfouz

Children of Gebelawi (original 1959; edition 1988)

by Naguib Mahfouz

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The tale of a Mafia-like don in Egypt. He lives in a mansion in Cairo, uphill at the end of an alley whose inhabitants he exploits. He is the patriarch of a large family whose wealth comes from dealing in drugs and various protection rackets. While family members jockey for power, the people below live in squalor, dreaming of the revolutionary heroes their poverty produced. An expose of injustice in Egypt by a Nobel Prize winner and author of 30 novels.… (more)
Title:Children of Gebelawi
Authors:Naguib Mahfouz
Info:Three Continents Press (1988), Paperback, 355 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:africa, Egypt, fiction

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Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz (1959)

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This is a challenging, complex novel set in Cairo. It follows one generation after another, descendants of a feudal lord, who are in constant, violent conflict. Saviors arrive in different time periods, trying to put an end to the brutality, but each is defeated or before long the violence returns. It would be seen as the endless struggle between good and evil, but the odds usually seem to be with evil. Sometimes the unfamiliar names and the constant references to those in the past made it difficult to follow. Sometimes, I suspect, the translation was a bit awkward. Interesting concept - but felt like it was work to stick with it. ( )
  bookfest | Aug 21, 2016 |
a great book for a great Author, definitely a must read "IF" you have an open mind.

BTW a very interesting choice for the name "Qasem". And yes this novel is all about personalizing prophets, God, devil and man ( )
  MohammedMamdouhKamel | May 27, 2016 |
الرواية دى بذات مش عارفه اقييمها ولا اكتب عنها ريفيو...قريتها زمان و هى محتاجة بالتاكيد لقراءة ثانية و ربما ثالثة

و بما ان كل كتب نجيب محفوظ متوفرة فى المكتبة العامة الا دى طبعالاسباب سياسية ...فالحل الوحيد هو الشراء
  Dina_Nabil | Mar 23, 2014 |
A really interesting concept, well-executed. (Nobel Prize winner, so go figure.) That concept was also a permanent distraction, however. Especially when the plot would deviate from the 'real' story. Although the deviations did at least keep it all from being totally predictable. For the second-to-last chapter, I know basically nothing about the theme, but even then I kept wondering which bits would be familiar if I did, and just generally felt guilty for knowing so little. Subplots involving supporting characters in that second-to-last section were clear just from current events, though. Really interesting look at another culture as well, since the issues of modern Egypt bled through. Brings up thoughts about how the story would go if written by someone in another -- any other -- country. ( )
  kristenn | Jan 10, 2010 |
See my review at Fiction Readings: Children of Gebelawi. ( )
  gefox | Jun 20, 2009 |
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