Group Read: The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

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Group Read: The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

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Edited: Jul 2, 2012, 9:59am

This thread is for the upcoming group read of The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz, which will run from July 1 to September 30 and coincide with the Middle Eastern Literature third quarter theme. The trilogy consists of three novels, Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street, which are centered on the family of the Cairinese patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad over three generations, starting in 1919, the year of the Egyptian Revolution, and ending in 1944, the end of World War Two's hostilities in Egypt.

Everyone is encouraged to post an introductory message on this thread. I will also create individual threads for discussion of each book. Feel free to read at your own pace; I plan to read one book each month, starting with Palace Walk in mid-July. I own the Everyman's Library edition pictured above, which contains all three books of the trilogy.

Participants and followers:
kidzdoc (Darryl)
The Hibernator (Rachel)
AnneDC (Anne)
SqueakyChu (Madeline)
SandDune (Rhian)
Quailjulia (Julia)
avatiakh (Kerry)
PolarisBeacon (Paul)
brenzi (Bonnie)
Deern (Nathalie)
EBT1002 (Ellen)
Donna828 (Donna)

Jun 27, 2012, 10:20am

Thanks for setting this up. I ordered the same Everyman edition this morning and am looking forward to this.

Jun 27, 2012, 11:19am

>2 SassyLassy: Welcome, SassyLassy!

Here's the opening thread for Palace Walk, the first book in The Cairo Trilogy:

Jun 27, 2012, 12:00pm

Thanks for setting this up Darryl. I won't be able to start Palace Walk until late in July (most likely). Hopefully I can get the book from the library, but they only have ONE copy of each book in the I might end up buying the Everyman edition as well. :)

Jun 28, 2012, 2:02am

>4 The_Hibernator: Welcome, Rachel! I won't start Palace Walk before the second week of July, at the earliest.

Jun 29, 2012, 5:15am

I'd like to join you. Just ordered the Everyman edition. Guess to start reading mid July, maybe a bit earlier. Since this is my first group read, I am very much looking forward to the experience.
(Some years ago I read In an Antique Land, a book which lists on my To Be Reread list)

Jun 29, 2012, 8:04am

>6 marieke54: I'm glad that you'll be joining us! I'll probably get started in mid July as well.

In an Antique Land sounds interesting; I'll add it to my wish list.

Jun 29, 2012, 10:40am

I read the trilogy a few years ago but would like to follow this thread and the discussion. I thought it was a phenomenal piece of literature!

Jun 29, 2012, 3:29pm

I'm planning to join in--I've read the whole trilogy before, but a long time ago, and I have been anticipating a reread. I have a bunch of big books on my plate at the moment so mid-July is probably realistic.

Edited: Jun 29, 2012, 4:49pm

I read 1 1/2 books of the trilogy a long time ago. I'll be lurking! :)

I loved the first book, but I'm not sure why I never finished the second. Due back at the library, perhaps?

Jun 29, 2012, 4:40pm

I've ordered Palace Walk today - it should arrive Tuesday so I'll be joining in.

Jun 29, 2012, 4:46pm

Great! Count me in. I will be joining you and ordered Palace Walk today.

Jun 29, 2012, 4:49pm

I'm in too. My copy should be arriving to the library for pick up any day now.

Jun 29, 2012, 7:44pm

I want to be in, but annoyingly my library (and the whole county system) only has the second volume Palace of Desire. But, there was a very reasonably priced copy of Palace Walk in a used book shop 'fairly' close to here about 50 miles away, bang en route to a place I'm gonna hopefully be working at in the next week or two. So if I'm able to get hold of a copy I'll be joining in with the mid-July gang as well.

Jun 29, 2012, 10:21pm

I'm planning to read the trilogy and will read Palace Walk probably in the middle of July.

Jun 30, 2012, 4:44am

I'll join you as well, but I might start a bit later.

Jun 30, 2012, 9:23am

I think I have read some, but not all, of the trilogy. Anyway, I own Palace Walk so will try and join in with the group read this month.

Jun 30, 2012, 6:51pm

Fabulous! I'm glad to see that so many people have signed up for this group read. I'm that much more eager to get started as soon as I return to Atlanta next week.

Jul 1, 2012, 12:36am

I've set Palace Walk to come available from the library just when I return from vacation, July 11. I'm looking forward to joining in on this trilogy group read.

Jul 1, 2012, 4:41pm

Count me in for Palace Walk. I sat down to read the intro. notes to the Everyman series edition of The Cairo Trilogy this afternoon.

It's hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that there is such a short history to the Arabic novel.

Jul 2, 2012, 9:57am

Another day, another group to join, and another group read! I recently purchased The Cairo Trilogy in three separate books and look forward to reading Palace Walk with this group. I plan to start in mid-July.

Jul 2, 2012, 11:16pm

Thanks for setting this up Darryl. I'll be joining in. I read the first volume many years ago, so I'll be rereading it. Hopefully, I'll follow through this time with the later volumes.

Jul 28, 2012, 10:12pm

I just picked up my copy of the trilogy. Is anyone currently reading it?

Jul 28, 2012, 10:33pm

I just finished Palace Walk, Lisa. I enjoyed it very much, although it is difficult to read about such oppressed women. I put some first impressions on the book's main page. I'll be thinking about this one for awhile and plan to read No. 2 in the trilogy sometime in August.

Jul 29, 2012, 1:42am

I finished Palace Walk last night, and I plan to read Palace of Desire and Sugar Street next month.

Jul 29, 2012, 1:51am

I plan to start Palace Walk in the next few days.

Aug 1, 2012, 8:38am

Just finished the first volume under the wire last night. Thought it was excellent, but if I didn't know there are more volumes, I'm not sure I would have found it as satisfying.