The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Al Aswany
تاريخ النشر 04 Feb 2016

Alhawadeth Archive

 

  Review by Brenda Repland

 

Not since Naguib Mahfouz has an author so captured the very essence of the Egyptian people as Alaa Al Aswany.  In his earlier books, such as the Yacoubian Building, he has shone a light on their culture through fascinating tales.  In his latest, The Automobile Club of Egypt, he takes us to a time of British occupation and a king of less than virtuous behavior.

 

In post-World War II, a time of social and political unrest, the workers at The Automobile Club of Egypt present a microcosm of the situation in the country itself.  Faced with constant abuse, they must decide – for the first time – just how high a price they must pay for their dignity.

 

A once affluent landowner from Upper Egypt, Abd el-Aziz Gaafar, has fallen on hard times necessitating a move to Cairo.  The disaster that befalls him at the Club will, in time, be the spark that sets everything in motion.  His four children will each react in his or her own way, depicting choices facing Egyptians to this day. 

 

Both social and political currents prove dangerous as patriots struggle to achieve the best for their country.  

 

Mr. Al Aswany demonstrates the often conflicting desires and loyalties confronting the average man.  His characters are always intriguing and ring true in their actions.

 

Warning:  You may become so involved that you find yourself talking to the characters! 

 

 

Don’t miss this marvelous book!

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