The Yacoubian Building

by Alaa Al Aswany | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0007243626 Global Overview for this book
Registered by taavina of Raahe, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on 3/27/2013
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by taavina from Raahe, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Some live in squalor on its rooftop, others inhabit the faded glory of its apartments and offices - here a womanizing aristocrat, there the secretly gay editor of Le Caire newspaper.Religious fervour jostles with promiscuity; bribery and exploitation with joy and elation; modern life with ancient culture. Taha, the son of the building's doorman, has aspirations and dreams for himself and his childhood sweetheart Busayna. But when those dreams are dashed on the rocks of corruption, hope turns to bitterness - with devastating consequences...

Journal Entry 2 by Joika at Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Saturday, April 27, 2013
A few years ago this novel was on the headlines of literal news. I gladly take this to my bookshelf to wait for its turn. Thanks taavina.

Journal Entry 3 by Joika at Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Tuesday, April 07, 2015
This is definitely worth reading. Sometimes when you come across novels that are eye-openers or touch some inner part of your understanding, it is difficult to use words to describe what it is that makes you feel the writing profound. I think this novel acts like that towards me. There's something very interesting in this. I need time to figure it out and the reading experience is too closer to think about it now. Once I read Monica Ali's Brick Lane and I have thought about the novel many times since then. There's something similar with The Yacoubian Building although they are very different in style. Both deal with cultural matters although in this novel there's not any comparison point. Anyhow, interesting things and characters in this novel. A lot to think about. I hope someone will grab this from the book buffet in bc convention!

Journal Entry 4 by Joika at Bookcrossing Convention 2015 in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (4/11/2015 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention 2015 in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom


To the BC Convention.

Journal Entry 5 by lunacia at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 10, 2015
What happened to "I am not going to take any books with me back home!"? *cough* Riiiight... As if that's likely to happen at a bookcrossing convention?! So, this book will have to come back to Norway with me, after being persuaded by Haugtussa that I SHOULD have it, because it's set in Egypt... (Bellydancers and Egypt...)

Must admit I don't know when I will get around to read it, but which bookcrosser don't have a huge Mount TBR? ;-)

Journal Entry 6 by lunacia at Grünerløkka bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Not sure if the sexism in the book reflects the opinions of the author or not, because I couldn't quite tell, but it was clear from the language that the homophobia was.

In many ways an interesting read, but I surely struggled with the homophobia.

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