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Taxi Paperback – 29 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Aflame Books (29 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190630002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906300029
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,807,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Taxi plucks startling beauty and poetry out of the cacophony of everyday life. It arranges it for us to contemplate and appreciate, not as a way to elide the injustices and indignities that permeate life, but as a necessary yet all too rare counterpoint. Khaled Al Khamissi reawakens our dulled sense of wonder, outrage, and sorrow, and that is an awesome achievement." - Baheyya.blogspot.com

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A best-selling modern masterpiece set in the author's home country of Egypt. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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By Maria on 17 April 2012
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I found this book very interesting, because it shows the story from an unusual angle. It really made me curious to know more about Egypt, but also showed how Egypt is. It get under the skin of the revolution and the country's state. You get the opinions of the people, (here of course fictional) - so it really gave me a great impression of how Egypt is.
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