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Read & Download The Yacoubian Building Read µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Alaa Al Aswany Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download Isting the Koran to justify his desiresThese 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 worl. A soap opera story of the people who live in a Cairo mid rise apartment building We have all walks of life from the super wealthy in suites to the down and out who constitute a mini community of rooftop dwellers and hangers out at a gay bar in the basement of the building The book gives us a wealth of information about life in Cairo We learn of the many foreigners who live in the city many Christians and how almost everyone manages to evade traditional Muslim norms People drink and smoke Young women learn to compromise their strict values to get ahead working for the dirty old men who run businesses and shops Even gays manage to have their own special spots and night clubs The plot follows the lives of a few folks in detail A wealthy homosexual a rich businessman who takes a second wife late in life and earns his sister s undying hate and a few street smart con men A good part of the story follows one young couple he is religious and an idealist and wants to be a police officer she is street smart and is one of those willing to compromise herself to get ahead He ends up falsely accused of ant government activity and is imprisoned and tortured In the ends turns to anti government terrorism A good book with a lot of local color of Cairo in the 1990 s L'Armée du Salut people who live in a Cairo mid rise apartment building We have all walks of life from the super wealthy in suites to the down and out who constitute a mini community of rooftop dwellers and hangers out at a gay bar in the basement of the building The book gives us a wealth of information about life in Cairo We learn of the many foreigners who live in the city many Christians and how almost everyone manages to evade traditional Muslim norms People drink and smoke Young women learn to compromise their strict values to get ahead working for the dirty old men who run businesses and shops Even gays manage to have their own special spots and night clubs The Desolation Angels The Big Empty #3 plot follows the lives of a few folks in detail A wealthy homosexual a rich businessman who takes a second wife late in life and earns his sister s undying hate and a few street smart con men A good Under Fire In The Middle East part of the story follows one young couple he is religious and an idealist and wants to be a LMNO Pea uel police officer she is street smart and is one of those willing to compromise herself to get ahead He ends up falsely accused of ant government activity and is imprisoned and tortured In the ends turns to anti government terrorism A good book with a lot of local color of Cairo in the 1990 s

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Read & Download The Yacoubian Building Read µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Alaa Al Aswany Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption sexual repression religious extremism and modern hopes of Egypt todayAll manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building a once elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying i. 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 husband what do you mean too late HOW DARE YOU I LL HAVE YOUR GUTS FOR GARTERS Old and chunky on the other hand means you re at least allowed to be motherly sorry grandmotherly Even towards men who are older than you So that puts me on a strict regime of chocolate ice cream cream cake and biscuits and NO SPORT There is an awful lot of sex in this book Or should that be a lot of awful sex Well yes Their intercourse on the first night was simple and spontaneous as though she had been his wife for years The rose opened to the touch of his fingers and he watered it than once till it was uenched Cringe Maybe that sounds better in the original But it s not just the ho hum description it s that sex is a marketable commodity That rose uotation describes simple and spontaneous congruence between Taha and the wife chosen for him by the Islamist brotherhood It is uniue in the whole novel that it does not involve the obvious blandishments of money or security or the slightly subtle pretence of a considerate sensual dexterity that fools the young luscious desirable victim into believing that the old lecher actually cares for her on any other level than pleasuring her and proving his amazing ability to do soBut then since I m an old skinny harridan with a couple of brain cells to rub together I began to think about WHY this made me so angry And it was the story of Suad who desperately and fruitlessly tries to take control of her own body who hopes to gain some dignity and human value by producing a child and is so shockingly frustrated in her aim that pointed up to me that in a society where women have no economic or political influence the only thing that s left to them is the power to bestow sexual favours And the portrayal of homosexuality seems cliched in its sordidness but then how can it be anything else in a society that makes something so natural illegal So this is what al Aswany does He uses these rather one dimensional figures to present what was wrong with Egyptian society under Mubarak And it reads a lot like trashy soap opera the rather simplistic causality between poverty despotic rule and abuse on one side and religious radicalisation on the other Aesthetically not a delight But a drastic situation reuires drastic means And if this is your view of the Egyptian people Our Lord created the Egyptians to accept government authority No Egyptian can go against his government Some peoples are excitable and rebellious by nature but the Egyptian keeps his head down his whole life long so he can eat It says so in the history books The Egyptians are the easiest people in the world to rule The moment you take power they submit to you and grovel to you and you can do what you want with themthankfully proved wrong by the events of the Arab Spring then it s drastic means that you need And you know what s really dispiriting The nagging suspicion that Western readers will mistake a version of what s wrong with the system for a proof of what s wrong with the people Dr Hook and Me political corruption sexual repression religious extremism and modern hopes of Egypt todayAll manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building a once elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying i. 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Read & Download The Yacoubian Building Read µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Alaa Al Aswany Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download N 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 tw. 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 democracyI 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 agoI read this novel before visiting Egypt and after my visit I could only marvel at how Aswany has succeeded in bringing the multifaceted country under one roof that of the Yacoubian building Capturing the macrocosm in the microcosm when done by gifted writers produces wondersI am increasing my rating from 3 to 4 stars on second thoughtsI pray the events in Egypt for all the tragedy and angst end on a positive note like the novel


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    Read & Download The Yacoubian Building Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download Read µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Alaa Al Aswany 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: youn

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    Read & Download The Yacoubian Building (PDF/EPUB) [The Yacoubian Building] Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download 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 str

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Yacoubian Building] Read & Download The Yacoubian Building I've read this book twice now. Once before coming to Egypt and again this summer, having lived in Egypt for two years.The

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    Read & Download The Yacoubian Building (PDF/EPUB) [The Yacoubian Building] 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

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    Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download (PDF/EPUB) [The Yacoubian Building] A handful of intertwining stories all passing through The Yacoubian Building in downtown Cairo, I read this in one plane

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Yacoubian Building] Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download Read & Download The Yacoubian Building 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 o

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    Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download Read µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Alaa Al Aswany Read & Download The Yacoubian Building I guess Alaa Al Aswany owes some to Naguib Mahfouz.I could recognize the Cairo I visited many years ago, and even as a stranger in a strange city it gave me a warm feeling.Considering the melting pot Cairo is, it is not at all strange to find a house with a number of so diverse inhabitants but Alaa Al Aswany uses it as an instructor would use the scene; presenting a time when everything you used to know is brea

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    Read & Download The Yacoubian Building (PDF/EPUB) [The Yacoubian Building] Read µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Alaa Al Aswany This book was a lot better than I expected and managed to narrate a lot of extremely difficult and taboo topics (in accordance with Egyptian/Islamic norms), without passing judgement or creating cartoonishly evil characters. Even the characters one finds abhorrent are genuinely sympathetic. It helped me understand views and perspectives comp

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    Read µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Alaa Al Aswany Alaa Al Aswany Æ 9 Read & Download Read & Download The Yacoubian Building A soap opera story of the people who live in a Cairo mid rise apartment building. We have all walks of life from the super wealthy in suites to

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Yacoubian Building] 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 nov

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  • Paperback
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  • The Yacoubian Building
  • Alaa Al Aswany
  • English
  • 06 August 2020
  • 0060878134