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Publisher's Summary

Omar Sharif leads an all-Egyptian cast in this three-part drama, recorded entirely in Egypt's capital. Adapted from Naguib Mahfouz's novels, this is a gripping family saga, with a monstrous father, a loving mother, and four children. It is set in seductive Cairo from 1917 to 1953, against a backdrop of political upheaval.
©2007 Goldhawk Productions Ltd (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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"This is a Sony award-winning production of the late Naguib Mahfouz's saga set in Cairo from 1917 to 1953, during the rise of nationalism and the beginnings of Islamic fundamentalism. A patriarchal family, a mirror of Egypt itself, has monstrous father al-Sayyid Ahmad at its head. His sons rail against the tyrannical love and tradition in the family and ally themselves to the dangerous upheavel outside. Recorded in Cairo and crammed with the tumultous sounds and voices of a city in crisis, the dramatisation is brilliant. Its brightest star is the plangent, soulful voice of Omar Sharif as al-Sayyid Ahmad."( Observer)

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  • Brian Keaney
  • 11-09-2008

Authentic, evocative and moving

Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel prize for this trilogy and I can see why. This trilogy tells the story of three generations of one family against the backdrop of the Egyptian struggle for independence. The remarkable authenticity of the production (it was recorded in Cairo), the quality of the acting, even the evocative background music all make this a really memorable listening experience.

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  • jesjaspers
  • 23-04-2017

ok drama

it is such a pity there is not an unabridged reading of this undoubted
classic.

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  • Richard Brooks
  • 31-03-2018

A rich captivating production

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Recorded and cast in Cairo, there is a real depth and authenticity to this production that charts the fate of three generations of Eygptians in the tumultous interwar period. Great performance, rich production values and a quick paced story that provokes thoughts about the roots of today's Middle East. Would listen again.

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  • TatMummy
  • 14-11-2017

Just sad that it's finished.

Brilliant dramatisation. A shame it's so abridged and this very short. But very enjoyable nonetheless.