[bksvol-discuss] Re: [bookshare-discuss] book idea

  • From: "Brian Miller" <brian-r-miller@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 20:41:38 -0700

Hi Kellie,

NaguibMahfouz is one of my favorite 20th century novelists, and the Cairo 
Trlogy are masterpieces of fiction -- definitely among my very favorite books 
of all time.  

I was saddened to hear of his death today, although he lived a long healthy 
life -- despite the best efforts of the Muslem Brotherhood, which tried to kill 
him on several occasions.  

He was a modernists, who critiqued often both Muslem extremists and Nationalist 
extremists in his home of Egypt.  

A marvelous writer.

Many of his works are available through NLS, by the way.  His works make muslem 
culture as lived in Egypt very accessible to western readers.

Brian Miller

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kellie Hartmann 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 8:16 PM
  Subject: [bookshare-discuss] book idea

  Hi all,
  Tonight I heard a story on the radio about Naguib Mahfouz, an Egyptian author 
who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. The article mentioned something 
he wrote called "The Cairo Trilogy," which consists of the novels Palace
  walk ; Palace of desire ; and Sugar street.
  Maybe this is something that should be available on Bookshare? I don't know 
anything about these novels or whether I would like them or anything, but this 
is the kind of cultural classic that Bookshare sometimes has and which can't 
always be obtained from other sources. Would any of the 
literature/culture/history buffs like to take this one on?
  Just a thought,

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