The author of the highly acclaimed The Yacoubian Building returns with a story of love, sex, friendship, hatred, and ambition set in Chicago, with a cast of. The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Sukhdev Sandhu. AM BST 07 Sep Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Open Preview See a Problem? Daniel rated it really liked it May 04, Juventino is currently reading it Oct 23, The issues covered in the personal problems of the character include everything from the treatment of the Coptic minority in Egypt which forced one character to abandon the career he originally had hoped to pursue and the expectations of female virtue outside of marriage to the long reach of the Egyptian secret police.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Hermione Laake is currently reading it Nov 21, It chicaggo an apartment block in downtown Cairo in The Yacoubian Building; in Chicago, it’s the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Centre, where the author studied dentistry in the Eighties.

Particularly interesting are the older characters, in some cases completely Americanized — and yet still not free of their Egyptian roots. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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The Students are completely controlled alsa their colleague who is leading the Students’ Union Of Egyptians in United States, He is chicxgo Secretary General of the Youth Committee of the ruling party in Egypt and he is zlaa with the Egyptian Intelligence Agency to make sure aseany the loyalty of the students and to transfer information about immigrant Copts.


Stefanie Sobelle writes about contemporary fiction for Words Without Borders, Bookforum, and chicabo variety of other publications. Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a moving target for intolerance. Danana stands in contrast to an appealing mathematician, Nagi Abd al-Samad, who reveals himself wonderfully in his journal, as when he writes: Often it’s of the rather desperate sort — especially when that female virtue is meant to stay untouched — though at least one character does find a good measure of release and happiness when she shells out for a vibrator.

The American University in Cai Language: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Political activism also crops up repeatedly, from the cruelly powerful representatives of the government who try to pressure all into quiet obeisance to those who look for opportunities to oppose the Egyptian powers that be.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

The complete review ‘s Review:. Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Please help to establish notability by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. Egypt’s “president” and his “National Party,” are never named directly in the novel, but his impending arrival in Chicago catapults a series of events that directly and indirectly brings about the tragic downfall of the novel’s characters, and the U.

A literary triumph and tour de force.

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Refresh and try again. Having read the Yacoubian Building, I was interest in this new book and Fhicago think that it is good to read “Chicago”. Chicago is a novel about Egyptian expatriates living in Chicago, mostly either attending medical school or working in the medical professions. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.


Such a concentration of Egyptian histologists, both as faculty and students, is hard to believe, but then so are many of Aswany’s American details — but then Chicago isn’t meant to shine a light on America, and turns out to be as much an Egyptian novel as The Yacoubian Building was.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money.

Alaa Al Aswany’s “Chicago” – Words Without Borders

But the American characters are scarcely believable, being thinly drawn caricatures who speak in a wooden manner, representing competing points of view and nothing more. We always have extra time.

It’s an effective story-telling technique, and along with the storylines he develops helps get over the relatively crude writing.

One person found this helpful. Don’t have a Kindle? Instead, his novels, first The Yacoubian Building and now Chicagoteem with stories about rogues, idealists and monsters whose demons, aspirations and corruptions allow a social and political audit of modern Egypt.

The novel was criticized by many Arab readers due to intensive description of the sexual life of nearly every character. The writing is interesting and fast moving. Books by Alaa Al Aswany. Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry.