Description: Once a respected landowner, Abd el-Aziz Gaafar has fallen into penury and has moved his family to Cairo. He is forced into menial work at the Automobile Club, a refuge of colonial luxury and privilege for its European members.
A vibrant and moving story of a family swept up by social unrest in post-War Cairo, written by Alaa Al Aswany, the internationally best-selling author of The Yacoubian Building and Chicago.
1/10 Once a wealthy man, Abd el-Aziz has fallen into penuary
2/10: Wages are barely covering cost
3/10: A new job with tragic repercussions
4/10: Abd el-Aziz’s death triggers strong emotions at the Automobile Club
5/10: Kamel takes over his father’s job in the storeroom where he makes a powerful contact.
6/10: Mitsy meets the King of Egypt. But the outcome does not please her father.
7/10: Kamel’s relationship with Mitsy is deepening. But relations with Alku continue to deteriorate as more staff question his treatment of them.
8/10: Kamel meets his fellow revolutionaries and a daring plot is hatched.
9/10: Reprisal is brutal after the King is publically shamed.
10/10: Events build to a violent climax after which nothing will be the same again.
Had previously marked this as ‘looked into, decided against, because I was less than enthralled with The Yacoubian Building, yet the beeb aired it so gave this a twirl.