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Palace Walk

Cairo Trilogy Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Neil Shah
Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Book I of the masterful Cairo Trilogy. A national best seller in both hardcover and paperback, it introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1900s.

©1956 Naguib Mahfouz (P)2019 Tantor

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great book, not so great narration

The book is, of course, wonderful. vintage Mahfouz. one feels like one is there, watching the story unfold.
The narration /performance, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
In Mahfouz's novels, even translated, the Arabic is important. It's messed up when the narrator is unable to pronounce the Arabic words / names correctly.
Furthermore, the voice, tone, accents used when narrating what people said is terrible. It reminds one of 1960s colonial movie, with stereotyped accents, screechy women's voices, etc. It's sad that this is how Mahfouz is narrated.

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  • M. R. Beaumont
  • 02-06-19

Fascinating tapestry of life in Cairo

This wonderful book takes you into a family living in Cairo during the first World War when Egyptian Nationalism was beginning to blossom behind the scenes. The family is ruled by a tyrant father but nevertheless enjoys the full complement of births, marriages and, dramatically, deaths.