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Taxi (English edition) [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

Khaled Al Khamissi , Jonathan Wright
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5 Sep 2011
A best-selling modern masterpiece in the author's home country of Egypt, Taxi consists of fifty-eight fictional monologues with Cairo taxi drivers that have been recreated from the author's own experience, taking the reader on a roller-coaster of emotions as bumpy and noisy as the city's potholed and chaotic streets. Described as an urban sociology, an ethnography, a classic of oral history - and a work of poetry in motion - it tells Herculean tales of the struggle for survival and dignity among Greater Cairo's 80,000 cab drivers.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing; 1st edition (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 999217871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9992178713
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A frank, funny and sometimes heartbreaking blast of jokes, anecdotes and revelations (The Independent, UK)

'Prior to Egypt's revolution, Taxi would have told you more than a thousand

Twitter feeds about what was coming down the road beside the Nile

(Boyd Tonkin, The Independent, UK)

This democratic cacophony transforms into a fresh and fast crash course not just in the backdrop to the Arab spring, but in all aspects of contemporary North African culture and people, from ever-present convenience foods to extreme hunger, and from economic migrants to avant-garde artists. We are all the richer for it. (Chris Ross The Guardian)

A book to make you feel guilty you ever tried to bargain down a cab fare in any poor country (Chicago Tribune, US)

The novel that predicted the uprising (France 24)

'Taxi's brilliance is that it captures the point at which cabs cease to be just a means of transportation' (Foreign Policy Magazine)

Illustrates the revolution (Le Monde, France)

The new literary star from the Arab world (Deutsche Welle, Germany)

The ultimate book on the Egyptian Revolution (Süddeutsche Zeitung,Germany)

Unlike some of the bleaker tales from the region, Taxi is a whirlwind of jokes and anecdotes and a commentary on the diversity, the hopes and the struggles that permeated this immense and teeming city in the years leading up to the protests of 2011. (Lin Noueihed NPR (National Public Radio) USA)

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A best-selling modern masterpiece set in the author's home country of Egypt.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Window on the world 16 May 2008
Taxi is a window on the world. This amazing collection of stories from the back seats of Cairo's 100,000 or so cabs takes the reader on a journey through the ups and downs of life, let alone the winding streets of Egypt's capital. Chosen by the Independent as one of the six best books to have come out of the Arabic-language market ever, it is, quite simply, unmissable. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who wants to know what makes modern Egypt - and the Middle East in general - tick like the meters in the cabs themselves. Khaled al Khamissi is a genius -- listen to him.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A very missable book! 16 Aug 2009
I bought Taxi after having read the three reviews on this website and cannot see why it was so highly rated. I am still wading through this book in an effort to find one good story. I have found this a most disappointing book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Jan 2009
This is a truly excellent book. On one level, it's a wonderful series of short shorts about Cairo; on another, it's possibly the best introduction to that city, and to Egypt, that you coulod hope to read. I go to Cairo regularly on business and I cannot imagine any other way for someone who does not know the place, and knows Egypt either not at all or only from tourism, to learn what makes Egyptians tick. Most of all, though, it's a great read.
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