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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Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, Chicago is a novel about Egyptian expatriates living in Chicago, mostly either attending medical school or working in the medical professions. A modern Arabic Novel. He is both a great patriot and a great author.

Their storylines are xl through the Department of Histology at the University of Illinois, and histology—the microscopic study of cross-sections of biological tissues—offers a fitting analogy for Al Aswany’s narrative technique: As the end gets nearer it takes a dive; becomes very predictable, gets almost boring.

It has been translated into English, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Greek and Dutch, and was adapted into a film and a television series of the ak name.

On campus at the University of Illinois medical centre, Egyptian and American lives cross over; slide alongside, and eventually collide – in spectacular fashion. Particularly appealing about the novel is the forthrightness with which Aswany addresses the issue of Egypt’s contemporary political corruption and decay; the name of the leader that’s at the rotting head of this administration, Hosni Mubarak, is never mentioned, but he is often and unmistakably referred to, and one of the central occurrences in the book is a state aaa that takes him to Chicago.

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Her story is told with special poignancy. Sep 15, Meron Semere rated it it was amazing. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. Retrieved from ” https: The author drew each portrait with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun.


The focus on women’s pleasure, seen most clearly in a long ode to the political value of using a vibrator, challenges the authority of a patriarch such as Danana, who not only distorts the Koran the more cruelly to lord it over his wife, but is willing chicaago pimp her out to an Egyptian state torturer.

Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, This is cihcago shrewdly conceived novel: I haven’t read any criticism of it, and it was recommended aawany me by a trusted reader not on this site Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, zl and occasionally asswany novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers. Return to Book Page. Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, The novel was criticized by many Arab readers due to intensive description of the sexual life of nearly every character.

As in The Yacoubian Building Aswany juggles a number of fates, presenting their ups and downs in short chapters which tend to leave the reader dangling until he returns to them a few chapters later. Farouk Abdel Wahab Mustafa.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. English Choose a language for shopping. Particularly interesting are the older characters, in some cases completely Americanized — and yet still not free of their Egyptian roots.

I just don’t like the narrator voice But if he were destined, just once, to cross to the other side and to walk among them, he would see one of them writing letters to his wife, another looking at his children’s photos, and a third shaving and humming a tune.


Chicago – Alaa Al Aswany

Books by Alaa Al Aswany. Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: Vicki rated it liked it Oct 24, 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.

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See 1 question about chicago…. Is this an unreliable narrator as with The Reluctant Fundamentalist? Al Aswany seems to see the novelist’s role as being close to that of a schoolteacher.

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Magdalena added it Oct 15, No trivia or quizzes yet. He writes, in the style of a Wikipedia entry by Howard Zinn or Noam Chomsky, about the wretched fates of the Native American peoples who once flourished in Chicago. Sometimes, though, the exchanges of dialogue that he stages, such as that between Nagi and a professor about whether the present-day persecution of Christian Copts is motivated by religious or by political concerns, are so passionate and interesting that his pedagogic inclinations don’t grate.

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