Palace Walk (Bayn al-qasrayn) by Naguib Mahfouz

For our April discussion we re-read the classic Palace Walk (Bayn al-qasrayn) by Naguib Mahfouz.

While this was an October 2006 Kutub selection, it is a classic and worth returning to read again – plus many readers missed it the first time. The Palace Walk (note the original Arabic title literally translates to Between the Two Palaces) is the first of a trilogy titled The Cairo Trilogy (written 1956-1957), which goes on to include Palace of Desire and Sugar Street. Through the story of an Egyptian family from the WWI to the independence of Egypt, it explores traditions in a changing world. It is a superb book and an essential read for anyone curious about Egyptian history or Arab culture.

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