Cairo Modern by Naguib Mahfouz

By Naguib Mahfouz

In Naguib Mahfouz's suspenseful novel a sour and impressive nihilist, a stunning and impoverished scholar, and a corrupt reputable interact in a doomed ménage à trois.

Cairo of the Nineteen Thirties is a spot of immense social and monetary inequities. it's also a time of switch, whilst the schools have simply opened to ladies and heady new philosophies imported from Europe are stirring up debates one of the younger. Mahgub is a fiercely proud pupil who's made up our minds to maintain either his poverty and his loss of rules mystery from his idealistic neighbors. whilst he reveals that there aren't any jobs for these with no connections, out of desperation he concurs to take part in an problematic deception. yet what starts off as an insignificant method for survival quickly turns into even more for either Mahgub and his companion in crime, an both determined younger lady named Ihsan. As they make their means via Cairo's lavish excessive society their precarious charade starts off to resolve and the bad expense of Mahgub's Faustian discount turns into transparent.

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Swift was much downcast. There seemed to be nothing more to say, and, being a man unversed in the ways of the world, he did not know what to do. He returned hone. When Mrs. Baggert was made acquainted with the news, she waxed indignant. " she cried. "Why don't they accuse me and Mr. Jackson and you? The idea! You ought to hire a lawyer, Mr. " "I certainly do. Why they have no evidence at all! What does that mean, sneaking Andy Foger amount to? " Mr. Swift, glad to have sane one share the responsibility with, felt somewhat better when a well−known Shopton attorney assurred him that the evidence against Tom was of such a flimsy character that it would scarcely hold in a court of justice.

There was no doubt that the vault had been forced open, for the locks and bars were bent and twisted as if by heavy tools. Mr. Swift made a careful examination, and was shown the money drawers that had been smashed. "This was the work of experts," he declared. "Exactly what we think," said the president. "Of course we don't believe your son was a professional bank robber, Mr. Swift. We have a theory that Mr. Damon did the real work, but that Tom helped him with the tools he had. " burst out the aged inventor.

Chapter 13 − Mr. Damon In Danger 43 Tom Swift and His Airship "I declare I'm not at all nervous," he remarked, as he sat in an easy chair in the enclosed car or cabin, and looked down at the earth through the plate−glass windows in the floor. "I thought you'd be all right once we got started," commented Mr. Sharp. " suggested the eccentric man. "Bless my watch chain, but, as I said, I might as well die this way as any other. " "Very much so, Mr. Damon," conceded the young inventor, with a laugh.

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