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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.
Before long, I was engaged with each of the characters, following their lives and feeling I was right there. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nahid Sewell
I know it wasn't the author's intention but this book made me afraid to go to Cairo as a woman. His description of the plight of women was deeply distressing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by zinnia
This book was okay. Slightly predictable. Follows several characters in Cairo trying to make it in a world with a collapsing government full of corrupt characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AJL21
Interesting. The writing is uneven and could have benefited from closer and more careful editing. The individual stories are difficult to integrate into a coherent format but the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by robert b. lane
I loved this book about the current Egypt. Very well written, very interesting descriptions.Published 8 months ago by Helen Shreves
Excellent Novel. al Aswany is one of the best novelist writing today, Arab, Middle Eastern, or otherwise.Published 8 months ago by Kenso
The Yacoubian Building provides a glimpse into the complicated lives of residents of an Egyptian building. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AU