Having read all 58 of the fictional-but-based-on-true stories in Khaled Al Kahmissi’s book Taxi, it’s a miracle that events didn’t erupt in Egypt far sooner than they did.

My instinct is that it will take people a very long time to realise that they don’t have to immediately expect to be mistreated or messed about and that together the people of Egypt can develop their own code of social conduct.

If you are interested in urban sociology, anthropology or just curious about Egyptian society then this is a great start.  It’s conversational style is so easy to read and the dialogues provide a glimpse into a world that you would never normally encounter.

From there to The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho which is my next read.  Another book that is easy to read, I’m already halfway through and am convinced that I’ve read it before. However I can’t remember enough of it to be sure and have no idea what happens in the end so maybe I’ve just read something similar?

A funny thing happened last week.  I snuggled up in bed (my favourite place to read) and opened C J Sansom’s Revelation with sheer glee and anticipation only to discover that it is book 4 in the series.  Aaagh, I thought it was the third!  A hurried order on Amazon and this morning saw the arrival of Sovereign.  Yippee, I can hardly wait to get everything else done today so that I can start reading!

Chores – here I come!


About alkitaba

Reading and writing, writing and reading. Reading about writing, writing about reading. However you like to do it is fine by me. In particular I'm interested in Arab literature and at the moment my passion is Arab women writers.
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