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Cairo: The City Victorious (Vintage Departures) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. Februar 2000


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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: American. (22. Februar 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679767274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679767275
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 3,2 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (17 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 360.328 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Every great city deserves a book like this one: a sweeping chronicle by an author whose motives mix passion and bewilderment. Over the course of four and a half millennia, Cairo has eluded all who would try to pin it down, reinventing itself time and again: "It has survived countless invasions, booms and busts, famines, plagues, and calamities." Author Max Rodenbeck, a correspondent for the Economist, moved to Cairo as a 2 year old, and has spent a good portion of his professional life working there. He finds himself repulsed by the crowds and pollution of a late 20th-century megacity, yet drawn by Cairo's ageless vibrancy. Cairo: The City Victorious combines wide-ranging history and first-person travelogue in an unconventional narrative that bounces easily from the present to the past and back again. ("If the story were to loop and tangle and digress," he writes, "well, that too would be in the character of Cairo.") Immersed in Rodenbeck's prose, readers will find themselves feeling at home as they discover (or rediscover) this unique place, its pyramids, and its people. --John J. Miller -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"An enormously entertaining read.... Rodenbeck's lively and affectionate portrait...veers easily between past and present, personal and historical." --The Washington Post Book World

"A book to read: one that will easily fit in your carry-on bag, and should greatly enhance any vacation or business trip to Cairo, short or long." --The New York Times Book Review

"Rodenbeck unwinds Cairo's tale with witty, clear-eyed affection. He has a lightness of touch and erudition, a skill with anecdote, that recreates Egypt--for all Egypt's roads lead to Cairo--in all its contradictoriness." --The Economist

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 22. Oktober 1998
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A must-read history of Cairo. A well written history of this interesting capital city. The writing style adopted by Mr Rodenbeck skirts the usual heaviness of history books, and he has created a highly readable book, quite sympathetic to Cairenes. The last third of the book deals with the insurmountable social and economical problems in modern Cairo, the ascendancy of a newly moneyed class, crassly disconnected from the remaining of its inhabitants, and with the city's cultural vacuum.
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Rodenbeck not only knows Cairo-he spent part of his childhood there, later studied Arabic and returned as a correspondent for The Economist-but, more importantly, he loves Cairo, not romantically but wholly, "in all her shambolic grandeur and operatic despair." His historical insight is substantial, and serious-minded readers who complain of his leaving off source citations will, in the next breath, praise his expansive bibliography. Anecdote, analysis and character are all sharp, rendered up to the reader in a kaleidoscopic fashion that is both erudite and populist. The approach suits Cairo well, for "other places may have been neater, quieter, and less prone to wrenching change, but they all lacked something. The easy warmth of Cairenes, perhaps, and their indomitable insouciance; the complexities and complicities of their relations; their casual mixing of sensuality with moral rigor, of razor wit with credulity."
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 17. Juli 2000
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This book covers all aspects of Cairo's present & past. You'll find the whole thread of history, from the creation of the world, over pharaonic Egypt, the history of a medieval world capital where a big deal of Islamic history happened to recent events, politics, background on Islam... This book is a rare condensation of knowledge not readily accessible to westerners. After reading, you feel an expert on middle-east matters - and you want to go there.
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Von Bruce Loveitt am 28. Oktober 1999
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What a pleasure it was to read this book! Mr. Rodenbeck manages to cram a lot of fascinating information into just 267 pages. The book ranges over an enormous period of time, from the days of the pharoahs right up until the present. Obviously, in such a short book you can't go really in depth but somehow after you're done reading you feel that you really understand Cairo and the people who live there. I learned many interesting things. Did you know that a thousand years ago Cairo was full of apartment buildings that ranged from 7 stories up to possibly 14 stories high? The city was so small considering the size of the population that they had nowhere to go but up! Another fascinating fact was that when the pharoah Cheops had his pyramid built at Giza the specifications called for 2.3 million stone blocks of an average weight of 2.5 tons to be used. In order for the pyramid to be completed during the 30 years of Cheops's reign this meant that a stone block had to be into place every 2 minutes! I could go on and on. You learn something on every page: about the physical layout of the city and how it has changed over the centuries; its relationship to the Nile; the way the wealthy and the middle class and the poor live; the importance of Islam and the struggle to find a balance between religion and the secular world; about such leaders as Farouk, Nasser and Sadat; the occupation of Cairo by Napoleon and later on by the British. One of the best things about the book is that Mr. Rodenbeck does not let himself get in the way of this wonderful story. He describes the way things have been in the past and the way they are now and he doesn't preach or predict or otherwise feel the need to insert his ego into what he has written. This is really an excellent book!
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Although an Egyptian currently attending college in the USA, I am however a Cairene, and have lived in Cairo for most of my life. I've frequently wondered about the love-hate relationship we Cairenes have with our ancient yet bustling city. The more I thought about it, the less I seemed to be able to describe how I really felt about growing up in Cairo. Then I came upon Max Rodenbeck's book, and I can't describe how happy I am to have read it.
Rodenbeck's book is a truly fascinating account of Cairo. It's accounts of Cairo's history and its people are extremely vivid, yet do not burden the reader with excessive and pedantic detail. The author however examines all sides of Cairo's historical development, but most importantly, Rodenbeck devotes great efforts to examining the lives and attitudes of Cairenes through the ages. It is in this respect that Cairo: The City Victorious is truly fascinating. No book that I know of has ever come this close to capturing the indomitable spirit of Cairenes and how they and their city have endured through the ages.
This book is remarkably even-handed in its treatment of Cairo, giving credit where it's due, but never shying away from criticism when it is needed. It is an educating, entertaining, and in short, excellent narrative. This book has made me understand my own home city better, and after reading it, I'm more proud than ever to be a Cairene. Thank you Mr. Rodenbeck for a wonderful book.
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Review from the London Financial Times,  October 17, 1998.
---------------------------- CAIRO - THE CITY VICTORIOUS by Max Rodenbeck Picador, 395 pages ----------------------------
THE CITY OF THE PHOENIX
Cairo has survived through the centuries against all odds, writes Nicholas Woodsworth
As anyone who has ever strolled its streets will tell you, Cairo is one of the most chaotic, sense-assaulting cities in the world. Its noise, bustle, size and sheer press of humanity make it a record breaker - it is, according to the United Nations, the most densely-populated large urban area on earth....If there is any shortcoming in this account of transformation and renewal, it is that Rodenbeck shies in predicting the next stage. A correspondent for The Economist. he implies that privatisation, new investment and the growth of globalised markets will pull Cairo out of its present problems. It is a tall order, even the formidable double threat facing Cairo at the outset of its sixth millennia - severe overpopulation and Islamic fundamentalism. But as Cairenes themselves would no doubt assert, they have weathered equally formidable threats before.
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