The author of the highly acclaimed The Yacoubian Building returns with a story of love, sex, friendship, hatred, and ambition set in Chicago, with a cast of. The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Sukhdev Sandhu. AM BST 07 Sep Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel.

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See all 51 reviews. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nagi, expelled from his university in Cairo for his politics, causes another form of strife in Chicago when his credentials and nationality ignite a heated debate among the faculty reviewing his application for admission.

Marvelly rated it liked asawny Nov 11, It may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight.

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The writing is interesting and fast moving. Menna alaa it as to-read Jul 26, To these Egyptians abroad the novelist adds a small group of Americans, mostly professors in the department of histology.


I haven’t read any criticism of it, and it was recommended to me by a trusted reader not on this site This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. The novel is about a group of Egyptians who are doing their laaa studies in University of Illinois at Chicagothey face many obstacles during their stay in Chicago. The Assany of the Spirits: Monday 31 December The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

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Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is aswanh moving target for intolerance.

Danana is the most compelling character in the book – a thug and a bully in the tradition of Chicago mobsters like Al Capone, someone who stands out from the swarming cast whose desperate, transforming lives Al Aswany depicts with wit, passion and moral ardour.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

Lexical obscurities, ambiguities of characterisation, tricksy narrative devices: Some unravel before he can tie them up, some are just abruptly and rather shockingly brought to an endand so this isn’t a satisfyingly rounded-off book. Is this an unreliable narrator as with The Reluctant Fundamentalist?

Sep 15, Meron Semere rated it it was amazing. This was a very nice read. University of Illinois professors on decides which Egyptians to admit into the histology phd department however bicker as there are two Egyptian professors on the predominantly white board. Still, even with the writing as rough as it is, there’s an undeniable vigour here, and it is both readable and, in some ways, illuminating.


An impending visit by the president awany Egypt produces all sorts of plot possibilities, setting off a good deal of subterfuge. Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in Salah left I loved this book! Please try again later. Read more Read less. Mara rated it it was amazing Jan 29, The city saw tragedy again with the fire ofand the subsequent ability of the “Second City” to reinvent itself mirrors the chicaog of many Americans who first arrive from elsewhere.

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The funniest scene in the book is the encounter between A,aa and a prostitute that ends in mutual disappointment: Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Against a blistering backdrop aswaby sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of identity, freedom, and personal integrity.

But the American characters are scarcely believable, being thinly drawn caricatures who speak in a wooden manner, representing competing points of view and nothing more.