Re: Alaa Al Aswany: The Yacoubian Building
Just noticed this thread and must say I'm surprised by the praise this book has got. It was readable--that's the only praise I could give it. Seemed to me to be just a soap opera that happened to be set in Cairo: no depth or richness at all, and the sort of book you'd expect Oprah Winfrey to recommend. A week after I'd read it I was unable to remember much of anything about it.
the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on the dissecting table. . .