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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)
Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel prize for this trilogy and I can see why. This trilogy tells the story of three generations of one family against the backdrop of the Egyptian struggle for independence. The remarkable authenticity of the production (it was recorded in Cairo), the quality of the acting, even the evocative background music all make this a really memorable listening experience.
It was very interesting. I really enjoyed it
The sounds are very good, and the novel itself is amazing how the writer draws every character.
I loved it and I sure will recommend it to friends. I hope to find more Naguib Mahfouz audio books soon :)
"Abridged Story Ages Badly"
No, it was not worth my time. The material selected left out the most important parts of the story.
Think I will stick with complete readings.
Over melodramatic had the quality of a soap opera.
"A pleasant abridged version with a cast of stars."
I would not, since this version reduces each book to an hour long dramatized version. But this is still great work in my opinion.
There were many, it was particularly enjoyable how the Egyptian cast of voice actors would throw in Egyptian words in their conversations aside of the English script. And it was also enjoyable how there was always famous music playing the background, and it was always different, and sometimes they would sing it.
Omar Sharif only played the narrator, which although was excellently played, he did not dominate the scene. However, the cast was still fun to listen to, many of them famous Egyptian stars.
Omar Sharif's character was the most sincere and relatable. Romantic, wise and educated, and with age he gained wisdom.
Summary: Although this is no replacement for the original texts, which I would love to have available on Audible, this is still a fun, short and enjoyable listen.
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