This is Brian's favorite book. Or at least one of them. Written by an Egyptian novelist and set in Cairo during World War I, this novel examines the life of a tyrannical shop merchant, his subservient wife, the exploits of their three sons and two daughters. The chapters follow each of the family members by turn, giving insight into their thoughts and motivations. It was really well written and pretty interesting to get a glimpse at Egyptian society during the revolution against the British occupation. The hard part was adjusting to the names of people and places and trying to remember who was who, especially if I put the book down for more than a few days. It took me a while to read because I got distracted with other things and it was pretty long!
Read: April - September 2011