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"This is a Sony award-winning production of the late Naguib Mahfouz's saga set in Cairo from 1917 to 1953, during the rise of nationalism and the beginnings of Islamic fundamentalism. A patriarchal family, a mirror of Egypt itself, has monstrous father al-Sayyid Ahmad at its head. His sons rail against the tyrannical love and tradition in the family and ally themselves to the dangerous upheavel outside. Recorded in Cairo and crammed with the tumultous sounds and voices of a city in crisis, the dramatisation is brilliant. Its brightest star is the plangent, soulful voice of Omar Sharif as al-Sayyid Ahmad."(Observer)
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"it was boring"
all 3 episodes in the cairo trilogy are so-so recordings of a radio program. it's not always clear who is speaking. if i hadn't paid for it i would have turned it off. maybe a recording of the book being read would be more interesting.
This one is pretty unique because it's rather an Egyptian performance than a regular audiobook.
Since I'm originally from Cairo, Egypt, it was quite nostalgic to hear the street noise, background arabic speaking and the 1919 Egyptian revolution which reminds us a lot of what is happening nowadays.
Having Omar Sharif as the narrator makes this Mahfouz masterpiece even more valuable. The Cairo Trilogy is a must-read for anyone that was born in the region. Happy to see it published on Audible.
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