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livbowen Yeah, pretty excited about today's plans. 1mon
  •   alecnycla Once you start in cold blood you will literally not be able to put it down and if you have to go to work you'll call in sick until you finish it. 1mon
  •   vanstinger2205 @livbowen If U finish Infinite Jest, tell me how it feels, cuz I've yet to do so. 1mon
  •   livbowen @abigail_esh I like your style! What are you reading now? 1mon
  •   livbowen @jesskamz I haven't read it yet. Eager to hear what you think. What did you read besides Americanah? 1mon
  •   livbowen @alecnycla So, I should wait until vacation in two weeks to dig in? 😕 1mon
  •   livbowen @vanstinger2205 I've only been trying to get through it for a year. About 10% done. Maybe we need weekly check-ins so we can chip away. My goal now is just to finish in 2015. It *might* happen... 1mon
  •   livbowen @susannahlaura I thought you might like this plan! 1mon
  •   jesskamz Liv, read the signature of all things, a book by Milan Kundera that was a bit too political for my taste, and now ATLWCNS (too lazy to spell it out) - really lovely so far !!! 1mon

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book_nerd_girll Finished Palace Walk. Amazing read. Not one dull page in Book1. I enjoyed every single page, every single word, every description, dialog, character, moment... Now on to Palace of Desire #NaguibMahfouz #reading book II PalaceofDesire #TheCairoTrilogy #historicalfiction #bookish #ilovebooks #ilovereading #bookstagram #bookaholic #bookaddict #booklover #booknerd #bookworm 2mon

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book_nerd_girll All day I've been thinking about Khadija and her younger sister Aisha . I feel emotionally involved lol. Like K is my homegirl lol. I need help. But damn this is a great book! #TheCairoTrilogy #PalaceWalk #MuslimFamily #marriage #traditions #sisters #life #love #religion #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaholic 2mon

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sophia_elina 'The truth was that he dreamed of writing a book. But what would he write about? The Qur'an embraced everything, did it not? There was no cause for him to despair. He would find his subject one day. It was enough for him to know the size, shape, and style of annotation for the book. Surely a book that would shake the world was better than a civil service position, even if the latter shook the world too. Every educated person knew about Socrates. Who remembered the judges who had presided at his trial?' |

#tbt exactly a year ago when I was in Cairo, falling in love with the city and becoming completely enthralled with Naguib Mahfouz's writing. I took this photo near Khan al-Khalili and al-Gamaliya, where Mahfouz grew up and where The Cairo Trilogy is set (the quote above is taken from volume two, Palace of Desire). Thanks to @lettreboheme for incidentally triggering my Cairo and Mahfouz memories today. And also a shout-out, as I'm on the topic, to @londoneya, whose photos of Cairo, when she's there, are incredible (her photos of London are great too!)
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  •   sophia_elina @herpickings thanks! And thank you for your other encouraging comment too. 3mon
  •   sophia_elina @on.palacewalk yes, it's so easy to be entranced by the city. And indeed, I always remember that you are a Mahfouz fan too, which is great. Besides, if I do ever forget (which I won't), your instagram name will remind me! 3mon
  •   londoneya Thank you! I'll do that. I must have been 17 when I tried reading it and yes the small print didn't encourage me to carry on! You've encouraged me to give him another go 3mon
  •   bey.86 I recently ordered Mahfouz's Cairo trilogy and can't wait to read it. I grew up with Egyptian cinema and plays and my parents listened to the classic singers often. I am curious to read about Cairo now through the eyes of this writer. I have only experienced Nawal El Saadawi books, which I admire as well. I enjoy your posts very much. 3mon
  •   sophia_elina @bey.86 Mahfouz is the classic Cairene writer, as far as I know, so he's definitely worth reading. That's great that you're getting the trilogy! One warning I'll give is that Mahfouz is dealing with a very male-dominated society so sometimes I found the novels hardgoing because of how women are treated by the male characters. But for their wisdom, philosophy and depictions of the city under British rule, they are really stunning books. I like Nawal el Saadawi too! By the way, have you read Ahdaf Soueif? She's also an incredible Egyptian writer - and much more recent. I highly recommend her (she also writes about Cairo, where she is from). And thanks so much for your kind words; means a lot coming from you! Your gallery is stunning and the quotes always so thoughtfully chosen. 3mon
  •   bey.86 Ah, don't worry, I'm quite familiar with that kind of male-dominant society. I have not read Soueif, but I do own a Dutch version of The Map of Love. You brought it back to my attention. And thank you for your flattering words! 3mon
  •   sophia_elina @bey.86 do read The Map of Love at some point - it's such a beautiful novel. Gives you quite a lot of Egyptian history too (it switches between two time frames). Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts on it as and when you've got time to read it! 3mon
  •   bey.86 Thank you, I'll certainly get back to you once I start with either Soueif or Mahfouz! 3mon

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cairofornia Look what I got from #Cairo!!! I get to read #TheCairoTrilogy by #NaguibMahfouz in Arabic while on my daily train rides Thank you Bolbol @1polpol1 3mon
  •   lziq One of the greatest! 3mon

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on.palacewalk So......I've changed names. No longer foreverabooknerd but now on.palacewalk in honour of the first book in what is possibly my favorite trilogy 'The Cairo Trilogy' by Naguib Mahfouz. Such a brilliant, epic saga by an outstanding author.

#naguibmahfouz #thecairotrilogy #books #bookstagram #bibliophile #literature #greatreads #igbooks #booklover #booksofinstagram #classic #greatauthors
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  •   sophia_elina Love this! (and the name change). Completely forgot to respond to your question on my pic, sorry! No I haven't read any of his other novels but definitely intend to. One or my friends is doing her PhD on Mahfouz and her favourite is The Beginning and the End and so she gave me a copy of that. Am aiming to read it soon! Oh, and I'm also very s l o w l y learning Arabic and would love to one day be able to read his work as he wrote it... 4mon
  •   on.palacewalk @sophia_elina my arabic study is so sporadic it will take me a lifetime to get there, but he's so good in translation he must be amazing in arabic. I've just ordered Midaq Alley, so I'm looking forward to that. 😀 4mon
  •   booksandbeans One of my favorites! Thanks for sharing 4mon
  •   shelfieapp Nicely done! Would love for you to check out our app. It allows you to get the ebook for free if you own the print version - http://Shelfie.com 3mon

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  •   trikatykid Have you read it yet? We just got done reading A Tale For the Time Being & making quilts based on the book! 4mon
  •   noelice Ozeki's book is great!!! 4mon
  •   bookinmyeyes @trikatykid I just started it, and I'm loving it so far! Aw quilts are a great idea! 4mon
  •   bookinmyeyes @noelice started it last night and I'm hooked:) 4mon
  •   noelice I finished today... I didnt want to finish 4mon
  •   trikatykid @bookinmyeyes every year in Bend the library chooses a book to read. The program is called A Novel Idea — one of the local quilt shops then holds a quilt gallery based on the book. It's so fun! This year was Ruth Ozeki. I got to hear her speak. So inspiring! 4mon
  •   serenity_kitapkurdu I read "the tale of the time being" and it is great @bookinmyeyes .. 4mon
  •   bookinmyeyes @serenity_kitapkurdu I'm about half way done and I am absolutely loving it too!:) 4mon

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sophia_elina Having now finished Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy, I'm going to miss the Abd al-Jawad family, who have, over the course of three novels, alternately entertained and exasperated me (like any family). In Europe, Mahfouz invariably gets compared to Balzac, Flaubert and Tolstoy, which I guess is fair as there is plenty of philosophical debate, constant attention paid to both the small details of daily life and its broader social and political context, as well as a reliance on realist techniques. But what impressed me about Mahfouz was his urge to explore and critique life through the prism of faith; what it means to be religious, what it means to belong to a spiritual community, but also what it means to lose faith - in religion but in one's self as well, which introduced existential themes that I hadn't considered since my undergrad studies in philosophy. Added to all of this, is the exploration of Egypt's nascent nationalist movement as it developed and fought against the British colonisation of the country. Mahfouz's scope is vast.

If anyone else has read Mahfouz, either the trilogy or his other works, I'd love to hear what you think.
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sophia_elina "You have a low opinion of art. My only consolation is that there's nothing on earth that escapes your doubts. We understand with our minds but live with our hearts. Despite your sceptical stance, you love, work together with other people, and share in the political life of your nation. Whether we are conscious of it or not, behind each of these initiatives there is a principle that is no less powerful than faith. Art is the interpreter of the human world." |

In Manhattan and indulging in sugar with Sugar Street.
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sophia_elina On the way to New York from London; immersed in Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo.
Cities | cities | cities
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jhoannap On to the next one. #NaguibMahfouz #theCairoTrilogy 9mon

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mocko_ Back to #thecairotrilogy with some fancy #nails 1y
  •   potkica Love your nails and your bookmark! 1y

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