The Cairo House

The Cairo House

Samia Serageldin / Jun 18, 2019

The Cairo House Samia Serageldin s heroine the daughter of a politically prominent land owning Egyptian family witnesses the changes sweeping her homeland Looking back to the glamorous Egypt of the pashas and King

  • Title: The Cairo House
  • Author: Samia Serageldin
  • ISBN: 9780815606734
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Samia Serageldin s heroine, the daughter of a politically prominent, land owning Egyptian family, witnesses the changes sweeping her homeland Looking back to the glamorous Egypt of the pashas and King Faruk, Serageldin moves forward to the police state of the colonels who seized power in 1952 and the disastrous consequences of Nasser s sequestration policies.Through well Samia Serageldin s heroine, the daughter of a politically prominent, land owning Egyptian family, witnesses the changes sweeping her homeland Looking back to the glamorous Egypt of the pashas and King Faruk, Serageldin moves forward to the police state of the colonels who seized power in 1952 and the disastrous consequences of Nasser s sequestration policies.Through well chosen portraits and telling descriptions of the era s fashions and furnishings, Serageldin conveys detailed social and cultural information She offers a glimpse of the beach at Agami in the 1960s and conveys the change in mood through the Sadat years Serageldin s fictional treatment of recent Egyptian history includes key events leading to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, such as the assassination of writer Yussef Siba yi and the harassment of theologian Nasr Abu Zayd.Serageldin s heroine goes into exile in Europe and the United States but returns to Egypt in an attempt to reconcile her past and present Charting fresh territory for the American reader, this semi autobiographical novel is one of the most sensitive and accessible documents of historical change in Egyptian life The book will appeal to a general audience and will be particularly useful to students interested in the social customs of the upper class in Egypt in the Nasser and Sadat years.

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    1. When author Samia Serageldin was asked in an interview to characterize the Cairo of her childhood in one phrase, her reply was "Gone with the wind". But The Cairo House is not Gone with the Wind. Rather, it is an autobiographical novel telling the story of a rich Egyptian landowning family starting with the "luxurious" days of King Farouk ( only luxurious for a small percentage of the population), through the socialist Nasser era, followed by Sadat years and finally to today's Egypt. All this is [...]


    2. من أين أبدأ؟ | لنحكي الحكاية أولًا جيجي ابنة عائلة ذات نفوذ قوي قبل ثورة 52 و من بعدها أصبح يطلق عليهم "أعداء الشعب" تزوجت زواج تقليدي من يوسف كمال الزيتوني ، لم تكن تحبه، أنجبت طارق بعد فترة تطلقا، كانت تعرفت على لوك الصحفي الفرنسي و تزوجته بعد طلاقها من يوسف وهكذا حرمت من وجوده [...]


    3. لم أكفر يوما بعبد النـاصر لأني يوما لم أؤمن به! إن حكـاوى جدتي البطولية عنه وعن الثورة لم تُجدِ نفعـا كنت أجدني في طفولتي أشـد انجذابا للسـادات أجده لا يتلاعب بنقاط ضعف الفقراء عاطفيا كعبد النـاصر تلك كانت حسنته "الوحيدة" من وجهة نظري الطفولية لأكبر وأكتشف أن حدس الطفلة كان ص [...]


    4. الروايه اعجبتنى فهى لكاتبة مصرية عمها الباشا وهو فؤاد سراج الدين صاحب اول حزب سياسي معارض للحزب الحاكم. فىرأى لم تشر الكاتبه لاسمه لاعتقدها بمعرفه القارئ المصرى مسبقا به. تتناول الروايه احداث ما حدث لعائلتها من الطبقة الاسقراطية ما بعد ثورة 52 وحتى الان فهى تحكى قصة حياتها ال [...]


    5. Must read.ليست رائعة أدبية فى حد ذاتها لكنها مذكراتترصد الرواية التغيرات الاقتصادية و الاجتماعية و الثقافية و السياسية و ربما الدينية الى حدثت فى المجتمع المصرى فى خلال الستة عقود الماضية اى بعد ثورة 52 . و ايضا مدى الانحدار الاخلاقىالرواية تحكى بمنتهى الصدق ما عاشته فتاة مصرية م [...]


    6. لا تكتب الهزيمة إلا عندما نعلن الإستسلام ! القرارات الصائبة والأخرى الخاطئة ، كيف نتخذها ومتى ندرك صحتها أو خطئها ،ماذا يترتب على المضي في القرار حتى بعد ذلك الإدراك ! الكاتبة تصور كل تلك الصراعات النفسية في دواخلنا كبشر ، الظروف التي نمر بها ، لحظات الندم ولحظات الضعف .في بعض [...]


    7. "قد أعود إلى مصر مرة أخرى، لكني لن أعود أبداً إلى وطني "بهذه الجملة تختم سامية سراج الدين روايتها بيت العائلة. يمكن اعتبار العمل سيرة ذاتية لطبقة المُلاّك في عهد عبد الناصر و حتى عصر مبارك. مرة أخرى أشعر أن تلك الطبقة أُهملت من السرد الأدبي، تلك الطبقة لديها من الحكايات الكثير. [...]


    8. أعجبنى جدا جدا جدا ······يعد الكتاب سيرة ذاتية لمؤلفنه سامية سراج الدين و التى تنحدر من عائلة سراج الدين أحد الأقطاب السياسية الشهيرة فى عهد ما قبل الثورة.أعترف أننى شرعت فى قراءة الرواية ظنا منى أنها سوف تحمل أبعادا تاريخية عن فترة ما قبل \ بعد ثورة يوليو 52 , الأمر الذى تحمله [...]


    9. Interesting to read an account of an ordinary family - albeit related to The Pasha, who lived in the Cairo House, the twilight of power for the rich sophisticated elite living in European style luxury, but whose mores were governed by Muslim tradition and convention - not, please note, by fundamentalism. Big difference. Due to the translation factor, few Egyptian novels come my way.


    10. The night I read this book I had wanted to read a bit in bed before I fell asleep. I read the first page, nearly three hours later and I'm halfway through the book and struggling to put it down! I barely got a wink of sleep that night, and by 2 am the next night the book was regretfully over!The best thing about this book is that it’s based on the writers true life events… how was is like for an aristocrat living in Egypt during the revolution… the book is beautifully written and very easy [...]


    11. رواية حلوة, عبارة عن سيرة ذاتية لامرأة تربت فى العز أيام الملك والبشوات والتغيير الذى حدث لها ولعائلتها بعد الثورةعندى تعليقين على الرواية, أولا أحلى حاجة فيها هية الوصف لمصر القديمة علشان كدة لما الرواية اتنقلت لفرنسا وأمريكا أحسست بمللتانى حاجة أحد المفاهيم اللى شعرت إنه [...]


    12. الرواية جميلة وممتعة، لكنها صادقة جداً، لدرحة أن النهاية بقيت ضعيفة جداً.لكن تستحق القراءة لانها تعكس الكثير من القضايا العصرية، كالهوية والغربة ومشاكل الزواج المعاصرة، والتناقض حيال العادات الاجتماعية المبالغ فيها لمجتمعاتنا


    13. سيرة ذاتية لإمرأة كل ذنبها أنها ولدت في طبقة مخملية في وقت كشر الزمان فيه عن أنيابه لهم. وبعيداً عن الجانب السياسي للرواية فإن أجواء الزمن القديم الراقي هي ما يعجبني في مثل هذه الروايات.


    14. This one doesn’t live up to the encomiums on the back cover, but is till an interesting book. It is not “beautifully written” throughout, yet there are haunting and memorable passages, often repeated, in italics, in different parts of the novel to represent the characters’ thinking about her life. One captured me right from the beginning:For those who have more than one skin, there are places where the secret act of metamorphosis takes place, an imperceptible shading into a hint of a dif [...]


    15. اسره مصريه اقطاعيه باشاويه تهب عليها رياح الناصريه الاشتراكيه الفلاحيه و تامم كل او غالبيه املاكها لتروى لنا ابنتهن جيجى عن حياتها و افراد اسرتها فى ظل فترات تاريخيه من حياه مصر من الملك فاروق حتى مبارك مرورا بجلاء الانجليز تاميم نكسه ٦ اكتوبر و اخيرا سوق مفتوح و اغتيال السا [...]



    16. رغم عدم تعاطفي مع الكاتبة او بمعنى اصح مع بطلة الرواية ولكنني اعجبت جدً بالرواية وسوف اقوم بقرائتها مرة ثانية في وقت قريب أنشاءالله.



    17. first of all I would like to write this review in English because the author who pretended that she is egyptian and decided to write a novel about Egypt ! secondly back to the novel itselfnothing exciting or interesting about a lady from a family who used to take all the good of Egypt to itself in a very bad era of the Egyptian history. they mixed politics with business controlling the poor egyptians and spreading the corruption everywhere in Egypte story is about a lady who lived between Cairo [...]


    18. رواية جميلة وممتعة حلقت من خلالها في سماء مصر وعشت مع شعبها ،،ولكنني كثيرا ماغضبت من شخصية جيجي التي تسر وراء ما يتوقعه منها الأشخاص وكيف انها فضلت حياتها الهادئة على العيش ماتبقى من عمرها مع ولدها وكيف انها ختاري ان تعيش في النهاية مع من لا يحبه قلبها على ان تعيش مع تامر الذي [...]


    19. Sometimes it is interesting to read about what is happening in far away places not even remotely connected with you to understand what is happening closer to home. Set in Egypt during Anwar Sadat Nasser's times, it is an interesting to know what happens to the rich when regimes change. That the author now lives in the US is an indication.


    20. قد أعود إلى مصر مرة أخرى لكنني لن أعود أبدا إلى وطني چيچي حربائي التي ماتت وهي تسير على الأقدام❤




    21. A sombre, beautiful and very moving story. The author chose to write a novel rather than her memoirs because it gave her more freedom. Given the personal nature of the book and the politics, this is understandable. The story is told from the perspective of the daughter of wealthy landowner and businessman, himself one of a large Egyptian family, his eldest brother and head of the family being the occupant of the very grand Cairo House (which does exist). The insight into the lives and intrigues [...]


    22. There is nothing spectacular about the writing style of Samia Serag El Din as far as I can see. However, she has quite a strong voice in her first novel that makes me think with no doubt that this is based on a true story. The emotions and memories throughout the whole book are captivating. Also, the themes about the daughter-father relationship, the older uncle who has power over the whole family, and the women's roles in the background are all easy to relate to regardless of the reader's backg [...]


    23. I read it to the end, which is a tribute to the author. The writing was good if not brilliant. I thought it was probably autobiographical. I lived in Egypt for a couple of years, in the early 90s. Had no contact with the upper classes and no experience, even reflected from my in-laws, of the sequestrations etc. or of life in Cairo. But I spent time in Agami, Alex, Cairo and Luxor. I identified more with the common people on the street. So I learned something. I only lived in a building with a do [...]


    24. رواية بسيطة سهلة اللغة تندمج مع صفحاتها بأسرع مما تتوقع هل أتعاطف مع جيجي هل أكره عصر عبدالناصر في كل مرحلة من مراحل ترؤس أي دولة يحدث ظلم لفئة أو نسبة من الشعب هل هو الثمن لضمان استقرار وأمان البقية ؟ الواضح والحقيقي أن الكاتبة سامية كتبت الرواية من عمق تجربة قد تكون مرت به [...]


    25. أشكر الصدفة التي جعلتني أقتني هذا الكتاب، وجدته في سوبر ماركت مرمي منسي لوحده وكأنه يناديني فقلت لم لا ؟ فلبيت النداء، قضيت وقتًا جميلاً في قراءته وكأني أشاهد مسلسلاً ممتعًا. هو عبارة عن سيرة ذاتية أو مذكرات للكاتبة-قامت بالرواية بتغيير الأسماء- تحكي عن جيجي أو جيهان سليلة ع [...]


    26. This was ok. It had hints of Kite Runner, but not as enthralling or intense. It's about an Arab American woman going back to Egypt to see family. The good thing about this book is that it showed how a Communist dictator in the 60s took an estate from the protagonist's family, an estate that had been in the family for generations, just to make it a community house. That's good because it shows that Communists are thieving assholes.


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