The novel, issued by Al-Riwaq for Publishing and Distribution in Cairo, comes in 236 pages of medium pieces, topped by a rare picture of King Farouk in his youth, and it is the sixth in a series of novels by the writer who works in the legal profession.
era of history
The novel begins in Rome, where the last scene in the life of King Farouk, who died on the 18th of March 1965 at the age of 45, after a hearty dinner in a restaurant, then the controversy over his burial place with the Egyptian authorities not welcoming his burial in Egypt.
In the following chapters, the author returns to the beginnings, bypassing the early years of Farouk’s life, to start from the point of his studies in England, which he cut suddenly after the death of his father, King Fuad I, in April 1936, and his return to Egypt to take over power.
The events of the novel go back to May 1936, after the death of Farouk’s father, King Fouad I, about 10 days, and the beginning of major events in the royal palace, and the son taking over the rule of the country at a young age after his return from Britain, then the struggles of the English, politicians, and the “delegation” government. Headed by Mustafa Al-Nahhas, Farouk’s relations with his mother Nazli, then Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, chief of the royal court at that time, and later the king’s mother-in-law, a serious man in seeking knowledge, loving adventures, and in his expeditions in the Western Desert, then his endless adventures and ambitions in the world of politics.
When historical events and facts are proven and difficult to change, the author found room for his imagination behind the scenes of the years of the king’s rule
Amin writes, summarizing the life of the Egyptian king, that “in a difficult period in our contemporary history, the young boy – at the age of seventeen – was surprised by himself as king of Egypt. At that time the chief statesmen bowed to him, everyone flattered him. A victim of paternal oppression, family strife and disease, he fell prey to bad advisors and high office seekers. He lost his throne before he ascended it when he accepted the king while he was in the freshness of his youth and the shallowness of knowledge.”
Since historical events and facts are proven and difficult to change, the author found ample space for his imagination in the scenes of the years of King Farouk’s rule, his relationship with his family, his entourage, and prominent political figures at the time, especially his mother, Queen Nazli, the head of the royal court, Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, and Princess Shwikar, his father’s first wife.
While many books and novels dealt with Queen Nazli’s relationship with Ahmed Hassanein Pasha and the bitterness that she instilled in King Farouk, Princess Shwikar emerges in the work as a surprising and worthy of contemplation.
Princess Shwikar plays a pivotal role in moving the events of the novel, as the author attributes to her the rumor about the relationship of her rival Queen Nazli with Ahmed Hassanein Pasha to the king, as well as the introduction of Farouk into the world of nights and private parties that wrote the end of his first marriage to Queen Farida.
The novel does not overlook the political framework of this era, which was characterized by tensions and quarrels between political parties and between the king and foreign occupation, represented by the British ambassador, Sir Miles Lampson.
It also stops a little at the traffic accident that King Farouk suffered in his car in 1943 and the transformation that occurred in his thinking and his style of governance after the accident.
With the advent of the end scene in which the abdicating king departs abroad, the contradiction that the author threw from the title of his novel “Farouk the Last” emerges. The man who bore the title of Farouk I was the last ruler of Egypt from the family of Muhammad Ali.