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Children of the Alley (Paperback)

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$16.00
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The tumultuous "alley" of this rich and intricate novel (first published in Arabic in 1959) tells the story of a delightful Egyptian family, but also reveals a second, hidden, and daring narrative: the spiritual history of humankind. From the supreme fuedal lord who disowns one son for diabolical pride and puts another to the test, to the savior of a succeeding generation who frees his people from bondage, we find the men and women of a modern Cairo neighborood unwittingly reenacting the lives of their holy ancestors: the "children of the alley." This powerful, self-contained novel confirms again the richness and variety of Mahfouz's storytelling and his status as "the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature" ("Newsweek").

"From the eBook edition.

About the Author


Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957), and Sugar Street (1957), which focuses on a Cairo family through three generations, from 1917 until 1952. In 1988, he was the first writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in August 2006.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385264730
ISBN-10: 0385264739
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: October 14th, 1996
Pages: 464
Language: English

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Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, Cabin Boy Cover Image
By Richard Platt, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763673611
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 22nd, 2014

Jake’s diary chronicles the story of him setting out on a trading ship that gets attacked by pirates.  After he gets press-ganged into a pirate crew, he learns all sorts of thing about piracy.  This book is chock full of true facts about pirates in the real world.  Curious adventure readers ages 7-9 will love this story.