Through lively characters, the novel relays the nation’s events during the past years, by indulging into the different rich worlds of Reem Matar and Jihan Al-Orabi whom the novel is based on. These two characters are not merely women the novel is based on; they are two examples that also symbolize the differences and turbulences of human psychology. Furthermore they are a window to society through their interactions with surroundings and those around them. They are two women who belong to the middle class, a class that deteriorated throughout the past years dragging with it most traditions and ethics. The aspect that was negatively affected the most was the middle class’s political inclinations. Through the characters society appears to be detached from reality, marked by individualism and sunken in worry. There are no common factors between any of the characters and those around them, or any common interests. Each of them searches for individual salvation, ambitions and their personal pleasures. Reem is a moody girl who was raised in a lavish standard and was provided with all means of elite education and cultural awareness. She joined the theatre academy but did not continue her education and married a professor at the academy who had promised her an acting career. He only offered her poor roles that gradually destroyed her ambition. She then travelled to a Gulf country with him and gave birth to an autistic girl. Later, she got a divorce and returned to start a private business and try to found an acting academy, and live freely with Ahmed Al-Dawy. .Jihan Al-Orabi is a cinema academy graduate. Instead of working in cinematic filming, she chose photography and this was how she met Tamim, the rising artist. They fell in love and got married, however his rising ambition led to his downfall. He had high hopes of implementing many artistic projects, but his frail body could not withstand the effort and he soon died. Jihan was left alone, rejecting all men, feeling void and scared. Jihan and two of her school friends continue to live aimlessly, and Jihan continues to be a perplexing character that no one can grasp. Even Jihan herself cannot determine her goals in life clearly. Alongside Reem and Jihan, there is Ahmed Al-Dawy, the novel’s main male character. He is an engineer, who is struggling between their worlds and his own poor world and its happenings. He was raised in the suburb of Abdeen and always avoided politics, but he was connected to culture through his uncle Hossam, the activist and poet who died young. The plot evolves and Sherif, an educated activist who was detained several times, takes over Hossam’s cultural status as well as his place in the apartment adjacent to Ahmed El-Dawy. With the presence of his everlasting loyal friend Emad, the fierce policeman who does not hesitate to do anything, they both support each other against the bitterness of their void life. All these characters and others interweave throughout the plot to create a life full of details, from wild ambition to pain and pleasure, marked by the love of life and sudden death. Instigating the notion that life is much more difficult than all trivial and naive impersonations. Mikawi Said is an Egyptian writer and novelist. He started by writing poetry while he was a university student, then he diverted to storytelling and released his first collection of short stories “Running after light” in 1982. He has many creative publications including short stories, novels and children’s literature. His most famous works include the novel “The swan’s song” which was shortlisted for the Arabic Booker prize in 2007. In addition to the books, “Downtown belongings”, “Al-Tahrir notebook” and his short story collection “Happiness packs its bags” that won the Sawiris prize for adult short stories in 2015. He has achieved many awards and acknowledgements in Egypt and other Arab countries, and a collection of his works has been translated to English, German and French.