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Sugar Street: 2nd volume. Vol.1: Cairo…
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Sugar Street: 2nd volume. Vol.1: Cairo Trilogy 3 (The Cairo Trilogy) (edició 1998)

de Naguib Mahfouz (Autor)

Sèrie: The Cairo Trilogy (3)

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Story of the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad moving into the middle of the twentieth century while the seeds of contemporary Egypt are sown.
Membre:rmdmphilosopher
Títol:Sugar Street: 2nd volume. Vol.1: Cairo Trilogy 3 (The Cairo Trilogy)
Autors:Naguib Mahfouz (Autor)
Informació:Black Swan (1998), 320 pages
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Los nietos de Ahmad Abd el-Gawwad, el anciano comerciante de El Cairo, se distancian de la tutela familiar y se comprometen con diferentes opciones políticas en el convulso Egipto de los años treinta y cuarenta, desde el comunismo al fundamentalismo islámico. Frente al desencanto de la generación anterior, estos jóvenes encarnan la vitalidad de una nación que afronta con valentía su contradictorio futuro. ( )
  BibliotecaUNED | Jun 6, 2018 |
Deaths, disappointments, regrets, these are the driving forces of the novel which now concentrate on the lives of the grandchildren of the bedridden ex-tyrant al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad and Amina whose no longer cares for her newfound freedoms. The roles of the previous main characters are reduced in order to make way for the new generation whose intended freshness and symbolism for the future Egypt struggle against what feels more like an intrusion and hasty sketches.

Just as the first generation is falling under the natural ails of old age, the second generation manages to scrape through more hardships than their parents ever did: Kamal's lack of character development since the second book is eyerolling, sensible considering his childhood and environment, but it makes for a tedious plot; Aisha's arc flips from pretty-girl-who-glides-through-life to how-much-more-miseries-and-catastrophes-can-we-pile-onto-her-character; Khadija's one-note performance of angry and spiteful-yellings (which the author constantly reminds us actually stands for love in Khadija's language) turns her into a caricature. The only one of the second generation to mature and gain some form of normality is surprisingly the dark horse Yasin. Despite lacking the nuances and details of the previous books in the trilogy, it was still bittersweet to find out that even as time goes on, al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad's family will continue to feel the scars inflicted by the original tyrannical hypocrite. ( )
  kitzyl | Oct 23, 2016 |
"What distinguishes a man from all other creatures, if not his ability to condemn himself to death by his own free will?", 28 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Sugar Street (The Cairo Trilogy, Vol .3) (Paperback)
Last book of Mahfouz's 'Cairo Trilogy': this opens some eight years after the cliffhanger end of book 2. Events have taken their toll and the former fearsome patriarch Al-Sayid Ahmad is now a frail elderly man; while his wife now goes out daily, it is her husband who finds himself confined, 'sitting on the balcony...peering out between the spindles.'
This novel focuses on the younger generations: Kamal, a schoolteacher and intellectual, unable to make up his mind to marry - yet craving something more from life: ' "I'm certain that I'm miserable, despite having created a life that assures me both intellectual pleasures and bodily delights." '
Ahmad's grandsons too are interested in politics - one a communist, one a member of the Muslim brotherhood - and politics occupies a great deal of the story. Although the author tries to clarify the events, I found this went on a bit.
I've loved reading this trilogy, which immerses you in the Middle East of yesteryear; the family came to life -( well, maybe not the grandchildren so much) - and I would recommend it. ( )
  starbox | Jul 10, 2016 |
It is the end of an era in the history of the al-Sayyid Ahmad family. The younger generation is taking over as Hitler comes into power raising the question of whether or not life would be better under German rule than it had been under 50+ years of British occupation. The Cairo trilogy focuses on the changes that took place in the years after WWI leading into a more modern era. These changes occurred slowly which Mahfouz mirrors with his slow methodical style of writing.

I thought this book was a strong ending to an excellent trilogy. I gained a better sense of the social, religious, and political ramifications in this part of the Muslim world. "The teachings and precepts of Islam provide a comprehensive answer to the problems people confront in reference to this world and the next. Those who assume that its doctrines apply only to the spiritual and devotional aspects of life are mistaken. Islam is a creed, a way of worship, a nation and a nationality, a religion, a state, a form of spirituality, a Holy Book, and a sword." (275)

It is good to know that human nature is much the same no matter what country one lives in. Parents care about their children and wish the best for them, love and marriage is challenging, people get old and die, but life goes on. Mahfouz pulls off an almost-perfect ending which isn't an easy feat after 1,000 pages and three decades of the inner workings of one extended family experiencing problems and changes in their personal lives and political and societal changes in their country. ( )
1 vota Donna828 | Oct 1, 2012 |
The final book in The Cairo Trilogy begins about eight years after the close of the previous volume and provides, somewhat, an end to the story begun many pages ago in Palace Walk. My initial enthusiasm for the trilogy has been somewhat dimmed as the author tried espousing the opposing political views at that time, which did not provide for a driving narrative. The tyrannical patriarch of the first volume, al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, is now an old man, sick and confined to his bed for the most part, his lively band of friends, either dead or soon to be. As vile a character as he initially was, he’s now a shell of his former self and I actually missed the stories of his antics that had provided so much of the interest of the previous books.

His son Kamal is no live wire either. Although it has been years since the love of his life (who never returned his affection) has been married and living in Europe, he still dwells on thoughts of her and ends up actually stalking her younger sister, unable to actually make an advance to her that might result in an actual relationship. She eventually gives up on him and marries another. And Amina, the humble, untiring wife of Ahmad, who wanted only to be able to visit the shrine and pray has also changed:

”Visits to the al-Husayn and to the other saints and their shrines were the only relief she found. Thanks to al-Sayid Ahmad, who no longer restricted her movements, she was allowed to hurry off to God’s sanctuaries whenever she felt the need. Amina herself was no longer the same woman she has once been. Grief and ill-health had changed her considerably. With the passing years she had lost her amazing diligence and her extraordinary capacity for tidying up, cleaning and running her home.” (Page 6)

Most of the narrative focuses on Kamal’s sister Khadija’s sons, their generation and the political upheaval occurring in Egypt in the waning years of WWII. Abd al-Muni'm and Ahmad choose entirely different paths in life, Ahmad becoming a journalist with Marxist ties and, much to his mother’s chagrin, he chooses to marry a working woman who holds the same views. Abd al-Munim, on the other hand, is a fundamentalist Muslim who joins the Muslim Brethren and marries a very traditional choice---his Uncle Yasin’s daughter. Yasin’s son, Ridwan, rises quickly in the ranks of the bureaucracy, quickly surpassing his father and Uncle Kamal, not because of his skills but, rather, because of his inclusion in a homosexual faction that he happily becomes a part of.

With the emphasis on this new generation, which we learn about very quickly over a couple hundred pages, and the demise of the old generation, which dominated the narrative in the first two books, I found it difficult to embrace characters that hadn’t already been firmly in place in my subconscious. That brings up another important point: the speed with which the narrative flows in this volume compared to the slow unwinding of the story in the first two volumes. I’m sure Mahfouz meant this to be a reflection of the changes Egypt was also undergoing, but the sacrifice was a brief introduction to characters you don’t really get to know very well. Kamal seems to be a part of an older generation and his plodding ways, in both romance and his journal articles, separate him completely from the precocious, lively child we were introduced to in Palace Walk.

Taken as a whole, the trilogy provided an appealing look at Egyptian family life, surrounded by the political atmosphere in Egypt during the early to mid-twentieth century but it seems that the story told, really wasn’t complete and probably could have used a longer narrative to address the imprisonment of Ahmad and his brother Abd al-Munim, as well as the ongoing hostilities occurring in Egypt in the late 1940s. Still, an amazing accomplishment and highly recommended. ( )
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