Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswwany

This is a story of the lives of people living in Cairo, Egypt in a large and and once exclusive, fancy apartment building and those living on the roof of the building in what used to be storage units for the apartments.  It describes the contrast between the newly rich and the desperately poor living in the same space but very different worlds.
I liked learning a little bit about the culture of  contemporary Egypt and the day to day lives of the people.  None of the characters are very likable, all conniving and manipulative and backstabbing.  There are multiple character threads that come together a little too neatly in the end.  The book was made into a movie that I might seek out.  A different read.

Published:  2004 (American version)  Read: November 2015  Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 978-0-06-087813-9

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