Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz

On September 7th, 2009 we met to discuss Palace of Desire, the second in Naguib Mahfouz’s famous Cairo Trilogy.

We read the first volume from the trilogy – The Palace Walk – in April 2009 and the final volume – Sugar Street in October 2009.  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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