• "'The Cairo Trilogy has made its mark on Anglo-American literary tastes because of its unusual grandeur, a technically "Good Read" - recalling Dickens, Flaubert, Zola, even Galsworthy - which still engages the dynamic society of Egypt in the first half of the century'"

    Glasgow Herald
  • "'His masterpiece'"

    The Sunday Times
  • "'Mahfouz's scope is vast and his concerns are not only still evident today, but crucial'"

    The Scotsman
  • "'Proust, Tolstoy and Balzac are the names most frequently flung around in company with that of Mahfouz...I thought of Galsworthy, reading Sugar Street'"

  • "'Sugar Street is a marvellous novel, with many messages, open and concealed, for those who will be instructed'"

    The Times Literary Supplement