The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Al Aswany

bookshelves: winter-20152016, afr-egypt, trains-planes-automobiles, pecuniarilly-challenged, published-2013, translation, contemporary, recreational-homicide, bullies

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from January 11 to 30, 2016



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.


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