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A fascinating glimpse into another culture and another time. From the opening sentences, describing Amina's nightly ritual, I was hooked. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Claire Bendix
This is an important novel written by the only author writing in Arabic to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. A Newman
I wanted to enjoy this book but found it disappointing for several reasons: (Caveat: I only read the first 160 pages of this book before quitting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by AC
Mahfouz is a true storyteller. This is such a complete picture of Egyptian life at the turn of the century, when "liberated" family life is infecting the old traditions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ander
The culture of that time was so different that it was very difficult to empathize with the characters. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cecelia McCall
I will read the rest of the triology since I became so volved in the lives of the first book. It is hard to believe te lives of these people except for the time frame and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Egramone Golden