The author of the highly acclaimed The Yacoubian Building returns with a story of love, sex, friendship, hatred, and ambition set in Chicago, with a cast of. The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Sukhdev Sandhu. AM BST 07 Sep Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel.

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Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in One doctor still regrets having failed even to take futile steps decades earlier, akaa one student now takes some risks in trying to at ao send a message to the present-day regime. Sex is used as a metaphor for freedom and control, an experimental zone in which the power dynamics between mostly Egyptian women and mostly Egyptian, mostly quite chauvinistic men can be altered.

He is the only first-person narrator in the novel and therefore takes on roles of author and xl, mirroring the multitasking of Al Aswany, who is himself also a practicing dentist in Cairo. This novel is intensely political and is constantly rehearsing chicagi political oppression in Egypt. Vicki rated it liked it Oct 24, A literary triumph and tour de force.


The issues covered in the personal problems of the character include everything from the treatment of the Coptic minority in Egypt which forced one character to abandon the career he originally had hoped to pursue and the expectations of female virtue outside of marriage to the long reach of the Egyptian secret police.

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That compulsively readable book, which became a massive bestseller in Arabic, focused on a chicavo grand but now decaying building in central Cairo; it was set during the Gulf war and offered a microcosm of Egyptian society. Political activism also crops up repeatedly, from the cruelly powerful representatives of the government who try to pressure all into quiet obeisance to those who look for opportunities to oppose the Egyptian powers that be.

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Just a moment chocago we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Alnajjar Latifa added it Jun 26, Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, Thank you for your feedback. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Moreover, the writer doesn’t understand America at all, and gets it and his American characters completely wrong. As the end gets nearer it takes a dive; becomes very predictable, gets almost boring.


Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, I can provide proof of that from jurisprudence. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Obviously, you cannot expect the English dialogue to be idiomatically correct. Retrieved from ” https: Aswany spins a decent story, most of the way, and he spins and juggles quite a few here. Al Aswany was a student in Chicago in the eighties, and there are times when his descriptions are somewhat dated.

Aswany really excels in his novels. Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, About Alaa Al Aswany. Marvelly rated it liked it Nov 11,