Cairo The Practical Guide: Maps

If you are in Cairo for more than a week, I highly recommend buying this book, published by the AUC press. I’ll admit that most AUC press books are not of the highest quality; many fall apart after a good reading by you and a friend. But this one is nothing of the sorts! It has a really great, really specific zoomed in map, with each neighborhood printed on two pages. It has specific locations of metro stops, of museums, AND (drumroll, please), it has this street index in the back where you can look up what street you are looking for! It’s amazing, and has saved my life many, many times.

(WARNING: if you have this guide you may know the city better than most cab drivers, which will most likely require you to do some direction giving in Arabic.)



2 responses to “Cairo The Practical Guide: Maps

  1. HI
    Fun blog and I love seeing offbeat things about Cairo– I and my AUC Press colleagues thank you for the compliments on our Cairo Map book but we are very dismayed to hear most of our books are not very good quality and fall apart! First of all, this was definitely a problem with just a few titles several years ago, but this has been solved. Most of our illustrated books are printed in China and are of a very high quality. Others are printed locally. Second, can you tell us which books fell apart so we can look into it? We do apologize and you can bring them back to us for replacements. I hope this was a statement of hyberbole since our production manager takes care with the quality control and we think it is working — If not, please give us details. Sincerely yours, Randi Danforth

    • Hi Randi,

      Don’t mean any harm to AUC Press…we really love many of the titles that you publish and think it’s great you publish locally.

      One book in particular that fell apart on me was “Zaat” by Sonallah Ibrahim (the English Translation). It was a book I loved and shared with a handful of friends, but the binding isn’t really holding up through all of the love.

      It’s true, though, that statements of hyperbole and sarcasm don’t often translate to the page.

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