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Adrift on the Nile
Adrift on the Nile
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
A stunning novel by the widest-read Arab writer currently published in the U.S. The age of Nasser has ushered in enormous social change, and most of the middle-aged and middle-class sons and daughters of the old bourgeoisie find themselves trying to recreate the cozy, enchanted world they so dearly miss. One night, however, art and reality colli...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385423335
ISBN-10: 0385423330
Publication Date: 1/1/1994
Pages: 167
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 3
Naguib Mahfouz writes about the unease in Modern day Cairo. This particular book, about drug addicts who drift in a houseboat on the Nile is somewhat odd. (He wrote a trilogy that is much better, but much longer. ) This book is only about 166 pages. What is interesting about it is that it really gives you a a feeling of being in a place and having no idea of your world, of feeling like a prisoner of fate. It is interesting, but certainly not light and lively reading.
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Would have been a good story but I couldn't get into it because of all the drugs.
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A group of middle class Egyptians meet every night to smoke Kif (pot) and socialize on a house boat. The characters struggle with coming to terms with this historically new social status. Watch as death in all it's forms shakes things up and pours them out. For me it was an interesting look into marijuana culture in another country. A nice Shakespearean twist as a play wright develops a play about the characters within the narrative.