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.
The book, set in Cairo, Egypt, before the turn of this century, is based in the large, impressive Yacoubian Building, which houses several quality shops and business offices, plus... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Tom Bruce
a great description of life in Cairo, especially since I lived there!!! I wish we have the film made from this bookPublished 17 days ago by Helene Cooper
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... Read morePublished 18 days ago by James W. Fonseca
Great character development and descriptions in the writing of this novel. This is a good book f you're looking for some insight into Egyptian social and cultural mores. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl Larson
I didn't find it "controversional" or "compelling" or "captivating". It wasn't boring, but it wasn't particularly interesting either. Read morePublished 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by sangha sister