This has to be one of my favorites! I don’t usually have the patience for trilogies and they hardly hold my interest through all the 900+ pages, but seriously, this one is something else. It literally creates a world around you and you feel like you are living a parallel life as you go along… the Islamic, cultural references and Arabic history just makes it all too real – a bit too relevant.
The Cairo trilogy is really the best in historical fiction, the best in literature, a depiction of patriarchy and the way it affects the whole family, their relationships, their decisions in life and their destiny. It’s based the lives of a fictional Egyptian family in the 1950s, that are super loveable and in an twisted way even relatable…hands up if you have read it and love it! Or would like to… 😊
GoodReads Rating: 5/5
The Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons–the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. Al-Sayyid Ahmad’s rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination in Palace of Desire, as the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s. Sugar Street brings Mahfouz’s vivid tapestry of an evolving Egypt to a dramatic climax as the aging patriarch sees one grandson become a Communist, one a Muslim fundamentalist, and one the lover of a powerful politician.
Throughout the trilogy, the family’s trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two World Wars, as change comes to a society that has resisted it for centuries. Filled with compelling drama, earthy humor, and remarkable insight, The Cairo Trilogy is the achievement of a master storyteller.