The Automobile Club of Egypt

The Automobile Club of Egypt

eBook - 2015
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In British-occupied Egypt, on the eve of the 1952 revolution, respected landowner Abd el-Aziz Gaafar has fallen on hard times. Bankrupt, he moves his family to Cairo and takes a menial job at the Automobile Club, a luxurious lodge for its European members, where Egyptians appear only as fearful servants. When Abd el-Aziz’s pride gets the better of him and he stands up for himself, he is subjected to a corporal punishment that ultimately kills him—leaving two of his sons obliged to work in the Club.

As the nation teeters on the brink of change, both servants and masters are subsumed by social upheaval, and the Egyptians of the Automobile Club face a choice: to live safely but without dignity as servants, or to risk everything and fight for their rights. Exuberant and powerfully moving, The Automobile Club of Egypt is an essential work of social criticism from one of the Arab world’s greatest literary voices.

Baker & Taylor
The beating death of a once-respected Egyptian landowner turned servant in a luxury club subjects his widow and sons to poverty and turbulent politics that force the club's oppressed employees to make a life-risking choice. By the award-winning author of The Yacoubian Building.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
ISBN: 9781101875797
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBooks
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Harris, Russell - Translator


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Oct 25, 2015

It took me a while to get into the rhythm of the story as I found it meandering and too loose to follow-but that could have been because I do a lot of my reading in the middle of the night when I should be sleeping. I read his first novel detailing Egyptian life and I have to say I feel I enjoyed the earlier one more. By the end of this one I was enjoying it but found some of the characters more generalised caricatures than an in depth 3D realistic person. If that makes sense. It is stil la great insight into Egyptian life and the struggles of the local people- especially when they get involved with a political movement that is outspoken against the corrupt king. The story revolves around a club-"The Automobile Club"- the workers, the relationships and the brutality of the English manager toward the Egyptian workers. It covers a broad range of topics, deftly handling some of them better than others. Worth reading.


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