A Story of a Wall (Egypt)

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A Story of a Wall (Egypt)

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1thebeadden
Feb 5, 2011, 4:21pm

I came across this article about books in Egypt. I hope it doesn't get destroyed in wake of what has been happening in Egypt.

Here is a quote:
"If you are looking for a particular book in the Egyptian capital, head for the Azbakia Wall. But it is not just a place where books are bought and sold. Over the past 70 years or so, it has become a focal point for those in pursuit of culture and knowledge."

Link to article:
http://archive.arabnews.com/?page=21&section=0&article=35920&d=9&amp...

2AnnieMod
Feb 5, 2011, 5:49pm

That is what I am missing a lot from back home. There is a square in Sofia (plus a few of the adjacent streets) where they sell books -- a table upon a table of books. New books, old books, comics, magazines - if it is paper, it is there. Some of the sellers are there for the money but there are a lot of people that genuinely love books so you can talk and discuss anything. I've spent so many hours there - just chatting, looking at old (and new) books and having great time...

http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/17057651.jpg
http://literaturatadnes.com/wp-content/bookstallsslaveykov.jpg

Unfortunately they started talking about removing it... and the owner increased the rent so much that some of the real book lovers had to move and were replaced by the ones that don't even read... but that's another story.

I know it is a bit of an off-topic but that is what I thought of when I saw your message...

3thebeadden
Feb 5, 2011, 6:15pm

Hi, Annie. Your post wasn't off topic, (outdoor book sales) ;)
I am never one to stay on topic. I try but it doesn't come easy for me.
Thanks for sharing the photographs. I can see how you would miss it.

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