Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. A student of philosophy and an avid reader, his works range from reimaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Over a career that lasted more than five decades, he wrote 33 novels, 13 short story anthologies, numerous plays, and 30 screenplays. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957), and Sugar Street (1957), which focuses on a Cairo family through three generations, from 1917 until 1952. In 1988, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first writer in Arabic to do so. He died in August 2006.
Children of the Alleyby Naguib Mahfouz, Peter Theroux, Najib Mahfuz
The tumultuous "alley" of this rich and intricate novel (first published in Arabic in 1959) tells the story of a delightful Egyptian family, but also reveals a second, hidden, and daring narrative: the spiritual history of humankind. From the supreme fuedal lord who disowns one son for diabolical pride and puts another to the test, to the savior of a succeeding
The tumultuous "alley" of this rich and intricate novel (first published in Arabic in 1959) tells the story of a delightful Egyptian family, but also reveals a second, hidden, and daring narrative: the spiritual history of humankind. From the supreme fuedal lord who disowns one son for diabolical pride and puts another to the test, to the savior of a succeeding generation who frees his people from bondage, we find the men and women of a modern Cairo neighborood unwittingly reenacting the lives of their holy ancestors: the "children of the alley." This powerful, self-contained novel confirms again the richness and variety of Mahfouz's storytelling and his status as "the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature" (Newsweek).
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This is great book from a great writer. After Kazanzakis tragedies, based on religious stories like "Christ Crossified", Naguib Mahfouz rewrite the religious history of mankind in an Egyptian setting. He showes that human nature will never change no matter what religion says. There are three major monotheistic religions in addition of atheistic old ones but our lives never changed. The world is still full of pain, suffering, killing, immoralities, hatered, injustice and predojices. Even we dispense of religion and God and take up science as our guiding star, still no chang happend and we still unhappy and discontent as ever. Our problem is due to our moral composition of our character that contains god and evil amalgmated together. The children of our allyes is a story about God, Adam, Moses, Christ, Mohammad and modern science depicted as a big family spaning over many generations. The book is a masterpiece of litrature yet very easy-read and laced with philosophy and the auther's take on our tragicomedy that we have to perform. I highly recommend this book and give it five stars.
this book is really amazing. the story is really well written. it's worth reading.I believe Naguib Mahfouz received the Nobel prize for this book. I hope you enjoy it as i did.
This book is ostensibly the story of a neighborhood in Cairo over several generations, but it is really a fable about the development of the Abrahamic religions and the rise of modernity. It is not an optimistic work, but it is honest and vibrant. The author got into a lot of trouble for this book, but I think it will survive his persecutors by many, many years. The translation is superb.