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The Yacoubian Building This Controversial Bestselling Novel In The Arab World Reveals The Political Corruption, Sexual Repression, Religious Extremism, And Modern Hopes Of Egypt TodayAll Manner Of Flawed And Fragile Humanity Reside In The Yacoubian Building, A Once Elegant Temple Of Art Deco Splendor Now Slowly Decaying In The Smog And Bustle Of Downtown Cairo A Fading Aristocrat And Self Proclaimed Scientist Of Women A Sultry, Voluptuous Siren A Devout Young Student, Feeling The Irresistible Pull Toward Fundamentalism A Newspaper Editor Helplessly In Love With A Policeman A Corrupt And Corpulent Politician, Twisting The Koran To Justify His DesiresThese Disparate Lives Careen Toward An Explosive Conclusion In Alaa Al Aswany S Remarkable International Bestseller Teeming With Frank Sexuality And Heartfelt Compassion, This Book Is An Important Window On To The Experience Of Loss And Love In The Arab World


About the Author: Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa al Aswany Arabic , Egyptian Arabic Masri born 1957 is an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya.Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, it took him 9 years to earn his degree from Chicago National University where he spent 17 years in his life, al Aswany has contributed numerous articles to Egyptian newspapers on literature, politics, and social issues His second novel, The Yacoubian Building, an ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East It has been translated into English, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Greek and Dutch, and was adapted into a film 2006 and a television series 2007 of the same name.Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January 2007.Al Aswany participated in the Blue Metropolis in Montreal, June 2008, and was featured in interviews with the CBC programme Writers and Company.Other forms of name Alaa al Aswani, Alaa El Aswany, Ala Aswani, Ala El Aswani



10 thoughts on “The Yacoubian Building

  1. says:

    Dispiriting I nearly tossed this into the nearest patch of long grass, as I got so thoroughly sick of the descriptions of boobs and buttocks, so impatient with the fact that ALL the women fell into only two categories young and therefore luscious and desirable, or old, and therefore no longer desirable Worst of all is old and skinny and yes, it says a LOT about me that I m particularly sensitive to this because old and skinny means you turn into a screeching termagant Som


  2. says:

    Narrators tell stories protagonists tell them characters in novels do, too But in The Yacoubian Building, an apartment complex on a downtown street tells the story of a whole nation This ten story structure, I found, has a lot to say.The building doesn t talk, of course, but it shelters the many people whose lives the book recounts Brought together only by their place of residence, these very different people are, by the end, brought together in a second way, by the common exper


  3. says:

    I ve read this book twice now Once before coming to Egypt and again this summer, having lived in Egypt for two years.The first time I read it, I truly believed that the situations that happened within it were exaggerated for artistic license Now It s all true No artistic license needed Just straight forward truth I see so many of these things happening, and manybesides.Al Aswany s depiction of Egyptian life, his clever way of writing about Egypt s elite and corrupt, making sure reade I


  4. says:

    It reminded me of Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz in the sense that the author takes an area an alley in Cairo in the case of Mahfouz, a building in al Aswani s book and portrays the lives and souls of the varied characters connected to it But the author didn t feel as a cheap imitator of Mahfouz he had his own talent and originality.It is funny that I read it while the Egyptian revolution of February 2011 was going on The book gave me an insight into the contemporary Egyptians lives and pr It


  5. says:

    A handful of intertwining stories all passing through The Yacoubian Building in downtown Cairo, I read this in one plane trip from Texas to SC I couldn t put it down And not just for the sexual content, which I m sure is the reason half the people who read this pick it up Controversial in Egypt Oh my It has interesting insight into relationships of all kinds homosexual men in a society that may look the other way if they like you enough, women who marry to support their families, and the A handful o


  6. says:

    Egypt is in the news today for all the wrong reasons But when I witness the turmoil there, I perceive a silver lining this is the birth pain of a true democracy.I have had a lifelong love affair with Egypt, ever since I studied about pharaohs and the pyramids and hieroglyphics in middle school I have seen the similarity with India, the paradox of being immensely rich culturally and dirt poor monetarily Visiting the country had been my secret dream, which was realised three years ago.I read t Egypt is in th


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    I guess Alaa Al Aswany owes some to Naguib Mahfouz.I could recognize the Cairo I visited many years ago, and even as a stranger in a strange city it gave me a warm feeling.Considering the melting pot Cairo is, it is not at all strange to find a house with a number of so diverse inhabitants but Alaa Al Aswany uses it as an instructor would use the scene presenting a time when everything you used to know is breaking up and yet unchanged.There is a lot of love for his countrymen, but also poli I guess Alaa Al Aswany


  8. says:

    This book was a lot better than I expected and managed to narrate a lot of extremely difficult and taboo topics in accordance with Egyptian Islamic norms , without passing judgement or creating cartoonishly evil characters Even the characters one finds abhorrent are genuinely sympathetic It helped me understand views and perspectives completely alien to me and gave me a slightly better understanding of Egyptian society Also, somewhat entertaining.


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I enjoyed reading The Yacoubian Building but I can t resist analyzing its weaknesses.The premise of The Yacoubian Building is a credible one I did not sense that the setting of the story, the placement of a varied selection of individuals in close proximity with one another, all residents in one building is merely fictional license The novel is a frank representative depiction of contemporary Egyptian urban settings, with enough historical and cult


  10. says:

    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 mini community of rooftop dwellers, and hangers out at a gay bar in the basement of the building The book gives us a wealth of information about life in Cairo We learn of the many foreigners who live in the city, many Christians, and how almost everyone manages to evade traditional Muslim norms People drink and smoke A soap opera story of the people who live i


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