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Children of the Alley: A Novel (original 1959; edition 1996)

by Naguib Mahfouz

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Title:Children of the Alley: A Novel
Authors:Naguib Mahfouz
Info:Anchor (1996), Edition: 1st Anchor Books Ed, Paperback, 464 pages
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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 ريف​يو...قريتها زمان و هى محتاجة بالتاكيد لقراءة ثانية​

و بما ان كل كتب نجيب محفوظ متوفرة فى المكتبة العام​ة الا دى طبعالاسباب سياسية ...فالحل الوحيد هو الشر​
  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 |
One of the most impressive books I have ever read. ( )
  brusselsbook | Dec 11, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385264739, Paperback)

There are nineteen works of fiction currently available in paperback from Anchor. Because of the many universal themes of Mahfouz's work, and the variety of titles from which one can choose, this guide has been designed to provide you with questions that can apply to any or all of the books by Mahfouz which you choose to read.   The questions offer new perspectives and context for your conversations. Although each of Mahfouz's novels is a unique reading experience, in an effort to guide you in making a selection, it is suggested that you might particularly be interested in one of the four following titles, each of which represents a different decade of his career: Palace Walk (1956), Midaq Alley (1966), The Harafish (1977), and The Journey of Ibn Fattouma (1983).

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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)

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