Playing Cards in Cairo

Playing Cards in Cairo Hugh Miles living it up in Cairo as a journalist and expat barfly met and fell in love with Roda who introduced him to the card game tarneeb to her all female card circle and to a previously uns

  • Title: Playing Cards in Cairo
  • Author: Hugh Miles
  • ISBN: 9780349119793
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hugh Miles, living it up in Cairo as a journalist and expat barfly, met and fell in love with Roda, who introduced him to the card game tarneeb , to her all female card circle, and to a previously unseen side of life in the Egyptian capital Playing Cards in Cairo is his sideways look at the lives of young Egyptians.

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    1. I had such high expectations for this novel but it turned out to be just another stereotypical and limited view of Egypt from an expat point of view. The book had its moments - maybe about three to be exact - but most of the characters were cartoonish, the explanations of Arabic phrases or traditions inaccurate and the general attitude of the author overly-condescending and even smug at times. I would only recommend not bothering with it.

    2. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, Miles' observations on the Egyptian social and to some extent, political landscape, were spot on. This book was written way before the Arab Spring was realized in Egypt, and Miles astutely and repeatedly highlights the suffocating social and economical climate under which many Egyptians have been living in. Miles especially hones in on the difficulties faced by the young (early 30s) and highly educated group of women he played tarneeb w [...]

    3. I was really excited about reading this book but unfortunately it was a great idea but real poor implementation! Can't classify the type of book it is but the author seems to be influenced by documentary script writing. It may be interesting for a foreigner as an account of middle class Egypt but not a very accurate one. I truly believe that at certain points in time the author has allowed himself the use of his imagination in what he recounts as reality . Had better expectations when I started [...]

    4. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book up - I was just really intrigued by the cover. It's beautiful and to be honest, so was the book in a very messy kind of way. Hugh Miles gives a great account of life in Egypt but now looking back I'm really confused because I can't remember if he ever said what his name was in the storyAny way, its rather autobiographical - I felt like I was being spoken to. But I really enjoyed reading about his encounter with Egyptians and his friendship wit [...]

    5. Nominally this is a novel but it feels like an autobiographical piece. The story line, such as it is, isn't what drives this; rather it is the observations about Egypt.Despite having spent eight months in Cairo, I don't speak Arabic and know little about Egyptian society - nonetheless, this book struck me as likely being a reasonable portrayal of Cairo today, albeit a narrow part of middle class society and from the perspective of an ex-pat (but an ex-pat whose main connection is with Egyptians, [...]

    6. A great introduction to modern Egyptian society. Having been an expat in Cairo myself - incl. a love story that ended in marriage and later divorce - I had the feeling I had lived a very, very similar story. The story didn't contain any news for me, but I would recommend it to anyone, people who lived there (for old times' sake) and people going there, for whatever reason.Another thing I really liked is the fact that the narrator seems to have the same sentiments about Cairo: fantastic place tha [...]

    7. One thing that really bothered me about this book was the cover with the picture of a woman with her face covered - too orientalist for my liking and a bit of a turn-off. On the whole, it's an interesting read - more for a foreign audience than an Egyptian one. It is at times insightful and informative, but, as a piece of literature, it lacks heart and conviction. The story of the narrator and his lover get lost in the stories of her friends, and the main plot line gets drowned out and feels a b [...]

    8. What can I say. I enjoyed reading the book because of its description of Egypt; Cairo and the Nile however the book is far from reality. Arabs like myself reading the book know that there are a lot of exaggerations! Socially speaking, no single girl would allow a non-relative male to enter her house when she is alone because that is s public taboo in the Middle East and neighbors will continue to seek peeks and yes they can call the cops for that(since and ironically they might claim if a man en [...]

    9. This book reads like a novel, and yet is non-fiction and gives a thorough account of life in middle class Cairo before the Arab Spring. I was hooked from the first page. The writing is good, easy to read, and full of insight into Islamic culture, confirming some of the worst aspects. Since the author grew up in the Middle East and speaks fluent Arabic, and is now married to an Egytptian woman, he is privy to the inner workings of the society and the result is a story both fascinating and informa [...]

    10. Miles manages to seamlessly fuse personal narrative and social commentary in this book. He perfectly captures the noisy chaos of Cairo as well as the suffocating social climate. We are shown how ubiquitous religion is in Egyptian society and how much it influences people's lives and attitudes. He also exposes some little-known but uniquely Egyptian social problems and phenomena, like the illicit plastic surgery industry and 'urfi' marriage, which was interesting to read about. I would recommend [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. I love the minutiae of people's lives and the book was made up of this. I also appreciated the opportunity to read a fly on the wall account of life before the demise of Mubarak's regime and Hugh Miles' insights regarding the precarious social, political and religious tightropes negotiated by people from all walks of life. Reading it in fairly recent hindsight was particularly illuminating. I was disappointed by the rather abrupt end however. [...]

    12. Given the recent upheavals in Egypt, this book, written right at the cusp of the Arab spring, is enjoyable and illuminating. The author, a male British journalist, joins a women's car playing circle and over time falls in love with one and gets to know the intimate stories of the others, which he tactfully and sensitively retells in this book. It gives a real sense of Egyptian society and women's lives in modern Cairo. This is a great book for any student of Arabic to read as a step towards unde [...]

    13. This book is light reading but interesting nonetheless. The narrator lived on Zamaluk, an island in Cairo, where we were staying. He provides an interesting brief history of Zamaluk but it is the main focus of the book that takes place in present day that fascinates. An English reporter hangs out with a female Egyptian friend in a coed relationship that is almost unheard of in modern Egypt. Spoiler alert: eventually they marry.

    14. I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a great insight in Cairo (disappointing - I always imagined it to be an incredible city but the picture the author paints is grim) and also the life of women in the city. That too was quite depressing in that it showed how little autonomy many women have, controlled as they are by husbands, brothers and fathers. Nevertheless, it was a fascinating read and definitely recommended.

    15. A semi-fictionalized story about the life of women in Egypt. Overall I enjoyed reading their stories. The one negative aspect of this book was that while the author wrote about many characters, he didn't write much about the life of Doctor Roda, the woman he married. We didn't learn what she did all day, nor what type of doctor she was. Perhaps this will be covered in a future book?

    16. This book seemed more like a novel than an account of real events, which is a plus. It kept me interested in what was going to happen next to the many people whose lives Miles writes about. There was also sufficient information about the socio-economic climate in Cairo at the time to make it very interesting and relevant. I enjoyed this book quite a bit.

    17. a well written work that offers an interesting insight into the lives of egyptians. A great view of egyptian way of life and their issues as the writer goes through his own experiences and bonds with the local people in an irreversible way.

    18. Some parts of this book are very insightful , but other parts are really misguided. By observing the lives of six women it is not enough to judge lives of women in Egypt , what we have here are generalizations that do not represent the entire society .

    19. This novel makes me appreciate the freedom I enjoy as a Canadian woman. Fascinating reading about the women of Cairo set against the historical, political and religious backdrop. I wish it was safe to travel to Egypt, I so want to visit there.

    20. Told in a very factual way. This book was easy to read and it took me less than a day to finish. Enjoyed it and would like to read his first book Al Jezeera, but unfortunately "Playing Cards in Cairo" does not make my top 100 books list!

    21. highly disappointed, it was a promising idea that had lots of potential but poorly executed. I couldn't even finish it.

    22. Fairly interesting. Not all that informative, having been to Cairo. But an interesting look at the private lives of Egyptian women. A decent read-- not heartily encouraged, but ok.

    23. This book gave me a sense of the lives of modern Egyptian women in Cairo. It also got me thinking about human relationships - particularly family relations and cross-cultural relationships.

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