Hi, have started the Yacoubian Building and found the range of characters a bit disconcerting….had to keep referring to the list at the front. Very considerate of the author to supply this! I,ve now got to page 83 and am enjoying it. The culture is well observed, disturbing, but comical,and it is not surprising that the book caused consternation in the Arab world.It portrays a hierarchical society where woman are subjugated,but learn to play the game to keep their jobs.
I do find it sad but hilarious at the same time. Love the volatile relationship between Zaki Bey and his sister. Zaki is my favourite character”…love the paragraph on p63 when he had removed his false teeth to kiss the Beloved! Then she robbed him!
Looking forward to the rest of the book.