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قصر الشوق❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ قصر الشوق Author Naguib Mahfouz – Oaklandjobs.co.uk بعد وفاة فهمى ابن السيد أحمد عبدالجواد، تمر خمس سنوات، ويخرج الأب إلى الحياة لقد انتقلت بناته بعد زواجهن إلى ح بعد وفاة فهمى ابن السيد أحمد عبدالجواد، تمر خمس سنوات، ويخرج الأب إلى الحياة لقد انتقلت بناته بعد زواجهن إلى حى قصر الشوق بالجمالية خلال العشرينات من هذا القرن، حيث ولدت زنوبة فى بيت العالمة زبيدة ولم يلتفت إليها السيد عبد الجواد وقد ترك حياة الليل، يقرر عبد الجواد العودة إلى منزل زبيدة العالمة ويفاجأ بأن طفلة الأمس زنوبة قد كبرت وأصبحت فتاة توقع زنوبة السيد عبد الجواد فى حبها وتقنعه بشراء عوامة لها، ولكنها فى نفس الوقت تحب ياسين ابنه دون ان تعرف حقيقة الصلة بينهما وتتزوجه بعد أن تهجر السيد أحمد وتدخل أسرتهم كزوجة محترمة لابنه أما كمال، فيحب عايدة أخت صديقه لكنها ترفض الزواج منه وتتركه يكفر بالمبادئ والمثل التى لطالما آمن بها، بعد أن تعايره بفقره وتتزوج من أحد أصدقائهم الأثرياء. Volume two,

We are moving further into the 20th Century, seeing the English massacre and dominate Egypt and the resulting hatred of the Egyptians to the British. I have to say I have no idea why we felt it our right to blast into other countries, especially at this time and attempt to rule them. I personally feel from reading the second book that we as a country were truly arrogant at this stage and perhaps we still are.

The family story becomes stronger, the differences even greater, but I loved it.

I think as a Western woman its made me more aware of how much liberty and freedom we enjoy living here.

Again this book created debate on this issue, therefore have found it a useful read with interesting results.

I divorce you , I divorce you, I divorce you is all that is required for a man to get rid of what he believes to be tiresome wife. The woman cannot, she has to get her Father to convince the Father of the husband and if he fails the wife must legally return.

A MUST read.

This is the second book of the Cairo Trilogy, that picks up approximately five years after the end of Palace Walk , the previous book, and covers the approximate time span from 1925 to 1927 of the life of a family living in old Cairo, Egypt. The previous book had ended with the tragic death of one of the sons who had shown great potential as a political leader. At the beginning of this book we learn that the father of the family (al-Sayyid Ahmad) had modified his profligate ways during the intervening five years and had abstained from adultery—but continued with partying into the night. At the beginning of this book he slips back into his old ways—after all one can't live a penitent life forever.

The oldest son (Yasin) leaves the family home to move to the house of his deceased biological mother located on Palace of Desire Alley. This move is forced because he married a woman unacceptable to the family, his step mother in particular. This second marriage of his soon fails like the first and he ends up marrying for a third time to an entertainer, which is more scandalous to the family's honor than the previous second marriage.

The love sick yearnings of the youngest son (Kamal) are thoroughly explored by the book. The account of his obsessive pinning for her love provides an account of the internal thoughts of a young man infatuated with a young lady. He is in his upper teens, his friends are headed in different directions, some to school, others to travel and work. In the end his unrequited love pushes him into sampling the life styles of his older brother and father.

I'm convinced that the story being told in this trilogy is largely autobiographic, and that the author sees himself in the character of Kamal. There are many pieces of evidence for this conclusion, and the final giveaway is the fact that Kamal in this story aspires to be a writer of novels. He dreams of writing a big long novel. This trilogy fits those aspirations. Mahfouz, the author, won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The political happenings in Egypt during this time period are mentioned but are very much peripheral to the story. The consequences of a fast-modernizing society with differing expectations and possibilities are implicit throughout the story.

The book ends with simultaneous pending death and pending birth. Near the end the aging father has some health problems leading the reader to expect perhaps he will die. Instead the ending goes in another direction. This second book in The Cairo Trilogy follows the family and friends of Al Sayyid Ahmad as they pick up the pieces of personal disaster and move on. The grip of the patriarch over his family loosens, and Egypt’s brittle social structure begins to demonstrate unexpected strengths. The action starts in 1924; seven years have passed since the first book ended.

This continuation I thought to be as good as Palace Walk. Here Mahfouz exerts the same masterful control over the narrative. Character development is delectable, and the author knows exactly what and how much to say to give readers an engaging picture of each person. A more humorous side shows in this volume than in the first. One typical gem comes to us when the Theory of Evolution suddenly takes center stage in the plot. On the other hand, this family and its friends need little help from theories to entertain readers with their ordinary antics. Such is the mirthfulness that even people who don’t usually smile while reading might find themselves making a concession to these pages.

Like the first, this second book in The Cairo Trilogy is exceptional literature. Anyone who likes the first book will do well to take up this one, too. Palace of Desire will extend a special appeal to older readers, who will relate warmly to many of the characters who animate the saga. As with its predecessor, I gave this book the highest rating because I saw no way the author could have improved on what he actually wrote. Opening some years after Palace Walk, this second book charts the loosening of patriarchal control in the central family, even as Egypt has nominally been given independence though the British are still in control behind the scenes.

The focus is mainly on the men of the family: Khadija and Aisha are both married with children and play only small roles though it's striking that Khadija seems to have inherited her father's will to control in her household (there are some lovely comic scenes around her clashes with her mother-in-law!).

Desire is central and works as a chaotic force as Ahmad returns to his socialising, Yasin manages to get through a couple more marriages, and Kamal, now 17, falls in love. The latter strand is particularly reminiscent of Proust, bringing together issues of love, memory and writing.

The waning powers of Ahmad become ever more poignant as he ages: his grandchildren feel none of the respect and fear his own children had, Kamal asserts his own will over choice of study and career, and Ahmad is increasingly overshadowed by Yasin whose potency grows as that of his father retreats.

There's less of overt Egyptian politics than in the first book, but I feel that this strand will emerge more strongly in the final part of the trilogy.

It pales out when compared to the first volume of the trilogy. The narrator spends far lesser time with the female characters. And the three male characters are all obsessed with desire (love or list as the case may be). There are some beautiful lines all around though the only point of interest is Kamal's troubles as he discovers Darwin's evolution theory and struggles to find a place for his religious beliefs. Kamal is author's alter ego and Mahfouz did go through a similar crisis (which gave birth to 'Children of Alley') upon discovery that Darwin's discoveries didn't agree with Islamic theory about how the world was created. I liked this less respect to Palace Walk, the first book of the Cairo Trilogy.
Events start again five years after the end of Palace Walk. We meet again all the members of the Al-Sayyid Ahmad family (except Fahmy, of course) and kids are grown-up: the two daughters are married and have children, Yasin continues his dissolute life marrying and divorcing, Kamal is now a teen, has to decide what he wants to study, falls in love for the first time and starts to compare religion and science.
The whole story talks above all about the male characters; Amina and her daughters are only in the background. We know also about their lives, but pretty the whole book is dedicated to Kamal, Yasin and their father.
Some parts were dragging, above all the part dedicated to Kamal's platonic love and his inner monologues. I had a hard time with this part because I couldn't relate to this perfect (or naive) love and his inner struggle. I liked a bit more when he starts to struggle about his beliefs and turns from believer to agnostic though this part was too quick. The author doesn't investigate it in details and so I had the impression that Kamal changed from one day to the other.
What I found interesting, is that through Kamal's life we could see how things were changing in Egypt. The youth starts to question religion and they want more freedom. We can see this slow change also with some other characters: Amina, who had lived till now as a recluse in her own house, is now free to go to her daughters or to the mosque; Khadija and Aisha have both a more relaxed marriage compared to that of their mother because their husbands are more openminded.
Another part I didn't like (and it was the other half of the book) were all the illicit relationships of Yasin and Al-Sayyid Ahmad: Yasin divorced, then he wants to marry again but in the meantime he has a sexual relationship with the mother of his bride. This same woman was in the past a lover of his father. Al-Sayyid Ahmad starts a relationship with Zanuba who had been a lover of his son, but at the end Zanuba marries Yasin. It was really too much and unbelievable that father and son had often sexual relations with the same women though in different times.
All in all I liked it, but it was less enthralling compared to the first book and some parts were dragging and not believable.

Will now start Sugar Street, the third book of the Cairo Trilogy. The second of the Cairo Trilogy, picks up around 7 years after the end of Palace Walk, [review here]in 1924. The Al Jawad family is moving on from the death of Fahmy, and the ageing patriarch Ahmad is slowly losing control over his family as they move into adulthood.

These books are named for the street where the action mostly occurs - book one for the family home on Palace Walk, this book is named for the house of Yasin on Palace of Desire Alley. The third book is named for Sugar Street, where the families of Khadija and Aisha live.

This book largely focusses on the three male members of the family - Ahmad, the hidden and hedonistic lifestyle having to slow with his age also being discovered slowly by his sons; eldest Yasin, who furthers his 'pursuit, marriage and divorce' cycle; and youngest Kamal the young scholar who is in pursuit of his beloved Aida, seeking to determine his career choices, and growing from boy to man. The central plot themed by the fact that each of these men make fools of themselves in their pursuit of women who were not good for them. I have tried not to illustrate the plot more than general themes, as there is no reason to spoil it for future readers.

There is enough side story and background to keep us up to date with the progress of Khadija and Aisha, who are both married and have children, and the ever subservient Amina, trying to keep her family together, and at peace.

The writing style changes a little from Palace Walk in that the quick-fire short chapters I enjoyed so much, swapping from character to character are gone. The chapters are longer, and sometime subsequent chapters stick with the same character. With Kamal in particular we are subjected (on purpose, to demonstrate his torment) to his long, torturous inner monologues on his unrequited love, his religious thoughts, and his changed philosophical viewpoint. These changes make this book a little less readable for me, interrupted as my reading time often is by an 8 month old baby competing for my attention/supervision.

As with the first book, there are dramatic events left open in the last few pages to whet the appetite for more.

Overall, I still really enjoyed the second in this trilogy, and I look forward to getting to the third. Four stars for me, the same as Palace Walk although perhaps that should have been five stars, as it is still slightly superior to this one. Real Rating: 3.5* of five

About thirty years ago, I worked in the Production department of Delacorte Books for Young Readers. One of the many lovely side benefits of the job was the endless supply of books that floated around the place. I vacuumed the Cairo Trilogy up as it appeared in the halls, outside the doors of the various production managers.

This story was very, very dramatic. Lots happens. The nastiness of Ahmad to his wife Amina, which we'd grown accustomed to, enters a more virulent phase with cold, calculating musician/mistress Zanuba's appearance. Barely grown son Kamal sows the seeds of his separate, Westernized, science- and socialism-based future with an act of public disobedience that I was astounded he found the courage to perform. Oldest son Yasin, divorced and falling into the sensual traps that a repressed hedonist isn't equipped to resist, spends the book hoping and praying for an end to his hated father's tyranny; be careful what you wish for.

And then there's Khadija. Hers is the lot I found myself most empathetic with. She's married
a woman must be
and locked in constant battle with her vicious, evil mother-in-law. She does everything she knows how to do to make the place she is better
for herself. In the end, she's her father's daughter.

The ending of the book is a bit too lovingly lingered over. It felt cruel and prurient in equal measure. So we lost that half-star, and I went warily to the next installment. I am glad that a friend warned me that this second book in the Cairo trilogy would not live up to the first one (which I loved) -- this one, though well written, wasn't nearly as interesting to me. The women in the family are much more in the background for one thing; another is that Kamal, the youngest son, spends long sections rhapsodizing about his first love Aïda. He didn't seem to know her at all; in fact, it was more that he was in love with being in love. Yasin and his father both continue to behave as they did in the first book, though the father's behaviour towards his family was a little softened.

I do look forward to the final book in this trilogy! The second in the Cairo Trilogy, Palace of Desire is set six or seven years after the first book. In this book, Ahmad is still the patriarch of the family but gradually sees his control slipping away, Amina (his wife) is still subservient to her husband but has found some freedom, Yasin (eldest son) has remained unchanged to a large extent but he gets remarried, Fahmy (second son) is dead, Khadija (elder daughter) and Aisha (younger daughter) are already married with children, while Kamal (youngest son) has grown up from an irritating little boy to an irritating teenager.

I disliked Kamal. I would avoid this person if I knew him in real life, both as a child and as a teen. Self centred and living in his own little world, this dogmatic idiot spends hours pontificating about religion, politics and love to his friends. There are pages and pages of him going on and on about his love for Aida, and after a few pages, I just skipped them all. I don’t care about Kamal’s stupid love or his stupid political ideas. As time progresses and he becomes more scientific minded, he has endless thoughts on evolution and science as well. Ugh! Why couldn’t have Mahfouz killed Kamal off instead of Fahmy in the previous book? Editing out most of Kamal would have just made this book a much better one.

The politics in this book was nothing but mere conversations and could easily have been dispensed with. Unlike in the first book, interesting events were not shown. Perhaps there was nothing to show during this period but in that case, just desist from boring readers with endless conversations by Kamal & Co. Politics was the strength of the first book, it was the weakness in this one. The political angle was nothing but Kamal mindlessly pontificating about Saad Zaghlul and his friends pontificating about their chosen political views. Nothing actually happens, and this could have been reduced to two paragraphs instead of taking up a quarter of the book.

Just HATED the love angles. Ahmad’s inane love for some lute player was boring enough, but Kamal’s endless ponderings on how lovely his love is simply drags on interminably. I don’t want to know about his silly sufferings and ‘love’ for a girl he hasn’t even spoken to properly. I don’t really give a damn. Kamal can just go jump in a lake and take Aida in with him. Yasin’s affair with all the different women just ran to the same old pattern and there was nothing new. It was only at the end with the big discovery of father and son that things really got interesting.

Reading this book would easily make you believe that it is set in a village with a population of twenty instead of in a large, bustling, crowded capital city of Cairo. Did the father and sons and friends have to sleep with the same women every time? It was interesting and shocking when it happened once but just boring when the same things happens again and again. Maryam’s mother (Ahmad’s neighbour) and Ahmad had an affair in the first book, then Yasin ends up having a brief affair with her. Fahmy was in love with Maryam before he died, and then Yasin marries Maryam here. Ahmad is in love with Zaynab and Yasin ends up marrying her as well. Kamal is in love with Aida, but his friend, Hasan, marries her. Kamal has sex with a prostitute called Ayusha and they discover that Yasin too visits the same prostitute
I found all this quasi incest stuff really nauseating!

It was surprising that once Ahmad’s shenanigans come to light, his children love and admire him even more instead of being angry or upset about his hypocrisy. I really don’t understand this mentality at all. Why would his children, who have chafed under his tyrannical rule, admire him for having mistresses and being a drunkard? This is especially strange when you consider that all these children love their mother greatly and don’t want to see wrong done to her. This angle was not very believable, especially as Amina’s thoughts and feelings were not put forward.

The women of the family were largely absent from this book. All the less interesting characters like Zaynab and Zubeida got plots but the interesting Khadija and Aisha did not. Aisha was completely non-existent in this book, though Khadija does get a side plot. Her story is very compelling and here, we again get to see her sharp tongue wrecking havoc wherever she goes. Khadija, Aisha and Amina are the most interesting characters in the series and it was sad to see them relegated to a supporting role while the men explored their beyond boring love lives. Mahfouz also missed an opportunity to show some character development for Amina, who does get an interesting character arc, but unfortunately, it remains unexplored.

I would have loved to read more about the Shakawat family. Khalil and Ismail – the men married to the two sisters were from a different culture than the patriarchal household of Ahmed. I loved the glimpse into their contented and progressive lives where the women too gained a bit of freedom. It would have been interesting to have seen more of this duo and to contrast with the male members of Ahmed’s family. It would have been definitely more interesting than Ahmad’s mid-age crisis and Kamal’s idiotic calf love.

I have great hopes of Sugar Street, the final book of the series as the name itself implies that it would be about Aisha and Khadija. Keeping fingers crossed for a lot more of Aisha and Khadija in the final book as well as some really interesting political events taking place in the background, affecting the entire family.

قصر الشوق PDF/EPUB ¼ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 548 pages
  • قصر الشوق
  • Naguib Mahfouz
  • Arabic
  • 24 October 2019
  • 9789770914984