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The Trench (The Cities of Salt Trilology) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1991

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books (Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394576721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394576725
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,227,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A roman a clef of the Saudi government--featuring Awali, Sultan Khureybit, Sultan Khazael, and Prince Fanar--indicts Arab monarchies and pleads for the Arab masses. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Theroux was educated at Harvard University and the American University of Cairo. He has lived and traveled in Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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"The Trench" is the second book in a trilogy commencing with Cities of Salt: A Novel Munif's novels are thinly disguised accounts of events in Saudi Arabia, commencing with the discovery of oil by the Americans in the Eastern Provence, and its impact on the inhabitants. This book spans a decade, roughly corresponding to the rule of King Saud (Khazael in the novel), from 1953, with the death of the nation's founder, King Abdul Aziz (Khureybit) to 1962, when Faisal (Fanar) assumed active control of the government. Whereas "Cities of Salt" was largely set in Dhahran (Harran), "The Trench" is set in the capital, Riyadh (Mooran).

It is a great novel, rich with insights into the human condition that transcends the Saudi setting. The rush of modernization, coupled with the nostalgic loss of traditional values. There is the corruption and scheming that money can inspire. Munif might present it in a satirical, even tongue-in-check way, but there are numerous lessons in "statecraft" that are worthy of "The Prince." Munif displays a full palette of characters, major and minor, most, plausibly developed. I could almost hear Munif chuckling to himself as he wrote about Dr. Subhi Al Mahmilji evolving his "Square Theory." Clearly Munif possessed visceral contempt for at least one person who had wormed himself into the King's inner court. There are the dynamic complexities of family relationships, and there is some love, and much lust and sex. I found the appointment and evolution of the first head of intelligence, Hammad Al-Mutawa particularly well done, and fascinating.
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One of the most important trilogies for our time. Excellently written, each book is a self contained gem in its own right offering a rare ground view insight into Gulf life and politics. The book feels as if it has been translated precisely from the origional Arabia- no mean trick I'm sure!
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I love the writings of this man .. His philosophical sense and foresight, between his writings you will gain better understanding for our modern SA Society..
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