Popular Books on Cairo

 

Fatimid Dynasty in 969 CE founded Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. It is the world’s 15th largest metropolitan city. It is the home to the famous Giza Pyramid Complex and the ancient city of Memphis. The city is situated along the Nile River valley and has a population of 6.67 million. Cairo has a hot-summer climate and has many sky-scrappers and satellite towns.

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and is one of the metropolitan areas. The city is rich in culture and many other things that make this city a hub for travelers all across the world. The city has some of the oldest industries for music and film. Apart from this, the city is known for it Giza Complex.

Here is a list of best books on Modern Egypt, Cairo:

Palace Walk

This is the first book in The Cairo Trilogy. The book is based on the period 1917-1919, just after the World War I., This story is about a Muslim family, whose family head is an alcoholic and their struggles amidst political agitation.

Read it For:
the book has a good characterization of all the family members.
Don't Read it For:
the novel has a slow start to it.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book won the Nobel Prize in literature,1998 and is among best books on Cairo.

Palace of Desire

This is the second book of the Cairo Trilogy and covers the year span of 1925-1927. In this book, we learn that the alcoholic family head has changed himself. The book focuses on three men of the family and how they come out as fools in chase of women who were not fit for them.

Read it For:
we see the changing lives of people in Egypt, and as a modern society we come across the cruelties women have been facing
Don't Read it For:
some may feel that the writing style has changed from the first book, the women of the family were also missing from the book
What makes this book stand out?:
the story told in this book is largely autobiographic.

Sugar Street

This book is the final part of the Cairo Trilogy. This book covers the years 1935-1944. This book is set up against the World War II.

Read it For:
this book gives us a more modernized and westernized account of Egypt.
Don't Read it For:
there are too many characters in this book to support the story
What makes this book stand out?:
The best part of this series is that it leaves you thinking even when you have finished reading.

Cairo: The City Victorious

This book is the best documentation of the city of Cairo. The book is written with a lot of research; true anecdotes and shows the social, political and economic changes in the history of Cairo.

Read it For:
this book will not leave one bored.
Don't Read it For:
the mixture of history and travelogue may not be liked by some.
What makes this book stand out?:
it is the most popular book on Cairo.
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The Yacoubian Building

This book is based on a 10 story building and the intertwining lives of the people having some connection to this building.

Read it For:
it provides a great cultural lesson and provides an insight into the revolution that happened in Egypt.
Don't Read it For:
the way in which women are portrayed creates disgust and agony in readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful descriptions in the book make it stand among the best books on Cairo.

Midaq Alley

This book is based on the World War II and the lives of lower-middle-class people. The author narrates the lives and need of the people, their sexual desires, luxurious fantasies, etc. in this book.

Read it For:
the writing is very simple and keeps you entertained.
Don't Read it For:
the translated version of the book has many typos, and some may not find the characters relatable.
What makes this book stand out?:
it is known as the best book of the author and is among the 10 best-selling books on Cairo.

The Time and the Place: And Other Stories

This book is a collection of short stories, and the stories are based on 20th century Cairo.

Read it For:
The author uses various metaphors, symbols that keep the author interested.
Don't Read it For:
there are some stories where the reader might lose interest and find confusing.
What makes this book stand out?:
the stories are not modern and present a different perspective from other books.

Cairo

This story is set up in Melbourne, Australia and is about an 18-year old boy Tom. He moves to a city apartment named Cairo to fulfill his dream of becoming an author. He crosses paths with a Bohemian group who offer him exactly what he wishes for and then the story takes a U-turn.

Read it For:
the book is based on the famous theft of Picasso's Weeping Woman.
Don't Read it For:
some parts of the may create tenses in the reader.
What makes this book stand out?:
it comes under top 10 books on Cairo.

Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? Changes in Egyptian Society from 1950 to the Present

this book provides both economic and sociological perspective of Egypt, and it is based on the period of 1950’s. The book provides with many specific issues which help in the further understanding of the transition period of Egypt.

Read it For:
this book explains the concurrent rise in living standards, Westernization, and Islamic fundamentalism..
Don't Read it For:
the book is very stereotypical towards the local people.
What makes this book stand out?:
the author is very critical toward the political federations and also talks about the evolution of Arabic language.

Cairo: My City, Our Revolution

This book is the most recent account of the revolution of Cairo and its surrounding places like Tahrir. It is written by women’s perception of 2011-2012 Arab Spring in Egypt

Read it For:
the author also talks about the martyrs who died fighting for Egypt. She gives a detailed account of their lives and personalities
Don't Read it For:
the book gets bogged down in details as it goes on.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book leaves you teary-eyed, and it is a first-hand personal story of the author.

 

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  1. Mahi Wasfy July 6, 2018

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