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Book Club Destination: Cairo, Egypt

Palace Walk by Naguib MahfouzWelcome to our first virtual book club! We are really excited at the kind of discussions we can have with such a smart and lively group of people.

Editor’s Note: To log into the discussion on April 1-3, click here. The questions are set up as individual blog posts, and you are encouraged to ask your own questions. Looking forward to our discussion!

I participated in a monthly book club for a few years before we left on our trip, and I found the discussions – which usually turned to real-life issues spurred by events in the books – to be some of the most enlightening ones I had all month. I’m still a little misty-eyed on the first Friday of every month when I realize I’m not going to book club that night.

We first came up with this virtual book club idea when discussing books set in places we want to visit. Travel books by themselves hold a limited interest for us, but books with human stories set in far-flung places hold endless appeal. We are so happy to hear you agree!

With that, we would like to introduce the first book selection for the Married with Luggage Book Club.

Palace Walk: Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

After witnessing the successful demonstrations and uprising of the Egyptian people last week against 30 years of oppression, we are anxious to dive into a little bit more of the modern history of this nation.

Nobel prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz wrote this first book in The Cairo Series in 1956, and it was eventually translated into English 40 years later. The book tells the story of one family as they – and the times – change in the first half of the 20th century.

From resistence to British occupation, to redefining roles of women, to religious and economic factors, this book has it all.

We are excited about the discussions that will take place in light of current events, and we can’t wait to discover this part of the world with you.

Book Club Details

Book: Palace Walk: Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz (available in bookstores, used bookstores, in paperback, and of course through Amazon)

Date: We will discuss this book beginning on Friday, April 1. Don’t worry about time zones. We will be having an “asynchronous” discussion where the questions are posted and we each comment in our own time throughout the following few days.

If you’d like to be part of this, please let us know via comment below or email.

Happy reading!

PS – Your book recommendations for future book club discussions as well as a name for our little group are welcome, so please send them our way.

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