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The Yacoubian Building By Alaa Al Aswany علاء الأسواني,

  • Title: The Yacoubian Building
  • Author: Alaa Al Aswany علاء الأسواني
  • ISBN: 9780060878139
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo a fading aristocrat and self procThis controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo a fading aristocrat and self proclaimed scientist of women a sultry, voluptuous siren a devout young student, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism a newspaper editor helplessly in love with a policeman a corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify his desires.These disparate lives careen toward an explosive conclusion in Alaa Al Aswany s remarkable international bestseller Teeming with frank sexuality and heartfelt compassion, this book is an important window on to the experience of loss and love in the Arab world.
    The Yacoubian Building This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption sexual repression religious extremism and modern hopes of Egypt today All manner of flawed and fragile humani

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    1. Dispiriting I nearly tossed this into the nearest patch of long grass, as I got so thoroughly sick of the descriptions of boobs and buttocks, so impatient with the fact that ALL the women fell into only two categories young and therefore luscious and desirable, or old, and therefore no longer desirable Worst of all is old and skinny and yes, it says a LOT about me that I m particularly sensitive to this because old and skinny means you turn into a screeching termagant Somebody better warn my hus [...]

    2. Knjiga je divna, ako jos i odgledate egipatski film snimljen po istoimenom romanu onda je to pun pogodak Pravo osvezenje

    3. Narrators tell stories protagonists tell them characters in novels do, too But in The Yacoubian Building, an apartment complex on a downtown street tells the story of a whole nation This ten story structure, I found, has a lot to say.The building doesn t talk, of course, but it shelters the many people whose lives the book recounts Brought together only by their place of residence, these very different people are, by the end, brought together in a second way, by the common experience of life in [...]

    4. I ve read this book twice now Once before coming to Egypt and again this summer, having lived in Egypt for two years.The first time I read it, I truly believed that the situations that happened within it were exaggerated for artistic license Now It s all true No artistic license needed Just straight forward truth I see so many of these things happening, and many besides.Al Aswany s depiction of Egyptian life, his clever way of writing about Egypt s elite and corrupt, making sure readers in the [...]

    5. It reminded me of Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz in the sense that the author takes an area an alley in Cairo in the case of Mahfouz, a building in al Aswani s book and portrays the lives and souls of the varied characters connected to it But the author didn t feel as a cheap imitator of Mahfouz he had his own talent and originality.It is funny that I read it while the Egyptian revolution of February 2011 was going on The book gave me an insight into the contemporary Egyptians lives and problems [...]

    6. A handful of intertwining stories all passing through The Yacoubian Building in downtown Cairo, I read this in one plane trip from Texas to SC I couldn t put it down And not just for the sexual content, which I m sure is the reason half the people who read this pick it up Controversial in Egypt Oh my It has interesting insight into relationships of all kinds homosexual men in a society that may look the other way if they like you enough, women who marry to support their families, and the rights [...]

    7. Egypt is in the news today for all the wrong reasons But when I witness the turmoil there, I perceive a silver lining this is the birth pain of a true democracy.I have had a lifelong love affair with Egypt, ever since I studied about pharaohs and the pyramids and hieroglyphics in middle school I have seen the similarity with India, the paradox of being immensely rich culturally and dirt poor monetarily Visiting the country had been my secret dream, which was realised three years ago.I read this [...]

    8. I enjoyed reading The Yacoubian Building but I can t resist analyzing its weaknesses.The premise of The Yacoubian Building is a credible one I did not sense that the setting of the story, the placement of a varied selection of individuals in close proximity with one another, all residents in one building is merely fictional license The novel is a frank representative depiction of contemporary Egyptian urban settings, with enough historical and cultural background to explain the finer details of [...]

    9. Corruzione e fallimento lettura agosto 2016 La lettura condivisa di Palazzo Yacoubian apre il mese di agosto e quindi quello che per la maggior parte di connazionali il periodo delle agognate ferie.Anch io ho deciso di viaggiare optando per mete letterarie che mi faranno conoscere territori e culture extra europee.Comincio, dunque, dall Egitto che Ala Al Aswani concentra tra le mura di uno storico stabile situato nel centro cairota Palazzo Yacoubian, per l appunto, cos chiamato per il nome del s [...]

    10. I read this novel, received as a Christmas gift, shortly after returning from a business trip in the Mideast I was moved by its poignant sense of perspective, the elegant beauty of both the writing and the translation and the heart wrenching grief that I found within its modest number of pages The words leapt off every page as the tragedies emerged of characters whose chief links among each other had to do with their various and sundry connections to their dwelling place, an old building in Cair [...]

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