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"Sugar Street", the third novel in the Cairo Trilogy by the 1988 Egyptian Nobel Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz, follow the family of Al-Sayyid Ahmad and his wife, Amina, into the generation of his grandsons.
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    During the years from 1930 to 1952, the grandsons marry; one, a modern, working woman, the other, his cousin, a traditional Muslim woman who dies in childbirth. At the same time, Egypt, once a democracy, sucumbs to nationalist party ribalries, and dissolves once more, into a manarchic dictatorship.

In the novel, the patriach and his wife die along with their friends and traditions of their age group, . Their philosopher son, Kamal,cannot bring himself to marry the young sister of his romantic love, . He sees his nephews imprisoned by the military for their beliefs, .

    Mahfouz depigts the modernization of Caio simultajeously with the decline of Egypt's dreams of a democracy.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Arab/Muslim Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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