The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
Finished reading on July 23nd, 2015
“The Yacoubian Building” is set in Cairo, Egypt and deals with the lives of some of the people who live in one building. In the book you meet some people who are really quite different – although they live in the same building their living conditions are very different. For example you meet a young boy who wants to become a police officer, but there are difficulties that stand in his way and aim his later life in a rather different direction.
That is basically the main theme as I saw it – you’ll be expecting one thing and something totally different will happen.
The book does contain quite a lot of adult content.
Reading this book did feel as if I was just peeking into the lives of the characters through the windows.
One of the troubling aspects for me was that none of the characters are really altogether likable – mostly they’re obsessed with something – religion, work, sex etc – to a point that’s disturbing and strange.