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5.0 out of 5 stars Distilled Genius, 23 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Karnak Cafe: A Modern Arabic Novel (Hardcover)
This is a book that can be read in a couple of hours, but which resonates for far longer. The four chapters recount a series of events from the perspectives of four different characters, each speaking to the same narrator. As such, the plot slowly unravels and moral expectations aren't always fulfilled as first expected. The setting for the novel is the fallout of the disastrous, for the Egyptians, 1967 war, hence the mood is dark. Nevertheless, this book provides an excellent introduction to the work of one of the twentieth century's finest novelists.
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