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she0019 Enjoying the #cairo #sunlight with a #coffee and a #book while my friends in #newjersey brace themselves for a #blizzard! #naguibmahfouz #thecairotrilogy 3w

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amabbooks The Cairo Trilogy by the Nobel Prize Winner Naguib Mahfouz. #thecairotrilogy #naguibmahfouz #ordernow #amabbooks #nationwidedelivery 3w

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innacaruso Perhaps a little too ambitious but the first page was too intriguing for me to not try it. #literature #reading #librarybooks #classic #thecairotrilogy 3w

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beth.bonini #shelfie #Januaryshelfieproject This oak bookshelf is wedged into a narrow hallway, just outside my bedroom. Unlike some of my bookshelves, it tends to stay fairly tidy. Call this one 20th century contemporary literature, with a good balance of male and female authors. I've read about 80% of the books on this shelf, with a few longstanding TBR books. I still haven't read the classic #CallItSleep by #henryroth (purchased in 1993). Nor I have read #TheCairoTrilogy by #naguibmahfouz (bought in 2000 when I thought we were moving to Cairo). For some reason, the Canadians have clustered here: #carolshields, #alicemunro and #margaretatwood. It has just occurred to me that when I was in my 20s, I spent a lot of time reading about middle-aged women, and now that I am middle-aged, I read loads of #YA. The older I get, the more diverse my taste -- which goes for food as well as books. #bookworm #books #bookstagram #booksharing 1mon
  •   spuddlette I love this. Dreamy! I read much more widely as I've got older also. Many of the books are inspired by your reviews on Goodreads. Thank you x 1mon
  •   beth.bonini @spuddlette I'm about to go onto Goodreads and write my first reviews of the year. I still need to set my reading goal, too. I can already tell there is going to be a #bookstagram paradox: reading about books will leave less time to actually read books. Reminds me of blogging days... 1mon
  •   _10000reasons Would it be odd to say I love your house?? You have SO many bookshelves/cupboards, stocked and stacked full with books. Sounds like a true book lover's paradise! x 3w
  •   beth.bonini Well of course not! It is a book lover's paradise, although 'some' people think I'm crazy. 3w
  •   marielovesdan I was just thinking about 'Call It Sleep' the other day. Insomnia often means just lying down to let the body rest even if I don't always sleep. It makes me think of that Roth book, but I've never gotten round to reading it, either. I've heard it's very good. 2w
  •   beth.bonini @marielovesdan I actually heard about it in graduate school, more than 20 years ago! That's how long I've owned this book. Let's both read it in 2016. Interested? 2w
  •   marielovesdan That's a great idea! I don't have a copy now ( many moves, selling books when broke—that always hurts) but we've got a good used bookstore nearby. And there's a Trader Joes practically next door, so a good excuse to pop in there, too. Do you have Trader Joes grocery stores where you are? 2w
  •   beth.bonini @marielovesdan No, we don't. Do they sell books? I didn't realise that. 2w

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bronwyn_sees we had a snowstorm last night and i have the day off work today, so...also, i got an espresso machine for christmas and now my life is like that episode of seinfeld where kramer can't stop drinking free cafe lattes. 😬 1mon

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sukoonmag "Home is not where you were born. Home is where all your attempts to escape cease." -Egyptian writer and novelist Naguib Mahfouz, in a lost interview. 2mon

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booksonmycouch Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz, 1957.
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"Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad closed the door behind him and crossed the courtyard of his house by the pale light of the stars. His step was lethargic, and his walking stick sank into the dusty earth whenever he leaned on it wearily."
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musingsofabookaholic “I have passionate messages I won't mention,
But if we weren't being watched,
I would have shared them with your mouth,"
Have you read anything by the #nobelprizewinner #naguibmahfouz ? A while ago I read this beauty which is the first volume of “The Cairo Trilogy ". It tells the story of a Muslim middle-class family during the Britain's occupation of Egypt. It's masterfully written. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd volume.
Thanks to dear @catrionareads for tagging me to do #booktrilogy #booktag
#bookstagram #book #joyofreading #bookaholic #booklover #bookaddict #thecairotrilogy #palacewalk #nobelprizeforliterature #booksandcoffee #egyptianliterature
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livbowen Yeah, pretty excited about today's plans. 7mon
  •   vanstinger2205 @livbowen If U finish Infinite Jest, tell me how it feels, cuz I've yet to do so. 7mon
  •   livbowen @abigail_esh I like your style! What are you reading now? 7mon
  •   livbowen @jesskamz I haven't read it yet. Eager to hear what you think. What did you read besides Americanah? 7mon
  •   livbowen @alecnycla So, I should wait until vacation in two weeks to dig in? 😕 7mon
  •   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... 7mon
  •   livbowen @susannahlaura I thought you might like this plan! 7mon
  •   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 !!! 7mon
  •   themikesalter Dig it 3mon

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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 7mon

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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 7mon

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sophia_stories '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_stories @herpickings thanks! And thank you for your other encouraging comment too. 9mon
  •   sophia_stories @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! 9mon
  •   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 9mon
  •   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. 8mon
  •   sophia_stories @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. 8mon
  •   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! 8mon
  •   sophia_stories @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! 8mon
  •   bey.86 Thank you, I'll certainly get back to you once I start with either Soueif or Mahfouz! 8mon

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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 9mon
  •   lziq One of the greatest! 9mon

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