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Children of the Alley: A Novel

Children of the Alley: A Novel
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
ISBN 13: 9780385264730
ISBN 10: 385264739
Edition: 1st Anchor Books Ed
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 1996-10-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: $16.00

Naguib Mahfouz guides us on a journey through the history of the tumultuous alley belonging to a delightful - and sometimes diabolical - Egyptian family: the descendants of a man named Gabalawi. We accompany them in their struggles to right their wrongs, to eke out a better existence for themselves and their cohorts - and we discover a second, hidden, and daring narrative: the spiritual history of humankind. From the supreme feudal lord who disowns one son for cruel pride and puts another to the test, to the savior of a succeeding generation who frees his people from bondage, we find the men and women of a modern Cairo neighborhood unwittingly reenacting the lives of their holy ancestors: the "children of the alley."