About the book
Welcome to the Yacoubian Building, Cairo: once grand, now dilapidated, and full of stories and passion. Some live in squalor on its rooftop while others inhabit the faded glory of its apartments and offices. Within these walls religious fervour jostles with promiscuity; bribery with bliss; modern life with ancient culture. At ground level, Taha, the doorman’s son, harbours career aspirations and romantic dreams – but when these are dashed by unyielding corruption, hope turns to bitterness, with devastating consequences.
Reviewed by Kings Somborne Reading Group:
An excellent book. Insightful and interesting about Egyptian society. Quite disturbing in the oppression of women, the corruption of society where everyone is greasing palms to get their own way, and the fundamental religion and terror camps.
Star rating: ***