Playing Cards in Cairo : Mint Tea, Tarneeb and Tales of the City, Paperback

Playing Cards in Cairo : Mint Tea, Tarneeb and Tales of the City Paperback



PLAYING CARDS IN CAIRO is a fly-on-the-wall account - like THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL - of life (for western readers) in a strange and exotic environment.

Hugh Miles lives in Cairo and is engaged to an Egyptian woman.

Twice a week he plays cards with a small group of Arab, Muslim women and through this medium he explores their lives in modern Cairo, the greatest of Arab cities.

It is a secretive, romantic, often deprived but always soulful existence for the women as they struggle with abusive husbands and philandering boyfriends.

The book is a window onto a city - and a way of life - which is at a crucial juncture in its history.

Hugh Miles, who knows the Arab world intimately, is the perfect guide.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780349119809



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