Book Review: The Cairo House!

I was in virgin store last Saturday when i saw the Arabic Translation of the Cairo House written by Samia Serageldin. I never read anything for the author before but i liked the cover and the description i read on the back so i bought it.

That night i wanted to read a bit in bed before i fell asleep. I read the first page, nearly three hours later and i am halfway through the book and struggling to put it down! I barely got a wink of sleep that night, and by 2 am the next night the book was regretfully over!

The best thing about this book is that it’s based on the writers true life events… how was is like for an aristocrat living in Egypt during the revolution… the book is beautifully written and very easy read and most importantly gives you a glimpse into how bashawat Egypt lived and thought and interacted… how life can turn around 180 degrees and how not to take anything for granted. It also it paints Jamal Abdulnasser in another light all together… something you barely see anyone daring to do in modern literature. Whether or not you agree with the writer is not the point… the point is that it’s a good book and originally written and published in English and is a very good read!

You can order it from Amazon (here) or you can head for Virgin store marina mall and buy the Arabic Translation (beit el 3ela)…


6 responses to this post.

  1. I’m out of books and really looking for something good to read. Thanks for sharing. I’ll check it out at Virgins 😉


  2. oooh i love hal sowalif, i realy wanna read it


  3. Posted by Nancy A on December 17, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    I read that book a couple years ago and loved it. One of my favorite things to do in Cairo is to walk around Zamalek and try to imagine what it looked like decades ago. My grandmother talks of a different era in Egypt. It sounded so lovely and romantic. I was able to relate to the book because i was pretty young when Kuwait was invaded and when our lives turned upside down. r correct, never take anything for granted.


    • Posted by danderma on December 18, 2010 at 12:03 AM

      But we went through in Q8 was 7 horrible month… afterwards every one lost someone or something but the society pretty much remained the same and so was the way of life… in their case going from the top of the social ladder into social pariahs and losing every thing and being treated like the enemy by your own people must have been pretty harsh especially when you look around and see that most people didn’t suffer the safe fate on the contrary their lives have improved… i think it is a pretty decent book indeed though…


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