Alaa Al Aswany is the internationally bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building and Chicago. A journalist who writes a controversial opposition column, Al Aswany makes his living as a dentist in Cairo.
I didn't find it "controversional" or "compelling" or "captivating". It wasn't boring, but it wasn't particularly interesting either. Read morePublished 9 days ago by jyw
I was bought this as a gift by a colleague as my job involves a lot of work with Egypt.
I found it a fascinating insight into Egyptian society. Read more
This was an impeccably well-written book, yet one of the most depressing I've read for quite some time.Published 13 days ago by Andy O'Hara
Historical novels are my favorite genre, but this book didn't do it for me. I had never read a book set in Egypt, present time. I was not impressed. This was a forgettable book. Read morePublished 29 days ago by sangha sister
Interesting book. I enjoyed all the different character storylines and how they were all connected by a shared place in the Yacoubian building. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicole
Fascinating description of the society, characters and their development. And not the least it gives a fine impression the konservative 'reformed' political nepotistic structure... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Simon Sonnichsen
I read this book several years ago and decided to re-read it recently. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Matusow