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In the novel Fountain and Tomb by Naguib Mahfouz the reader is thrown into a small alley in Cairo Egypt in the 1920s The narrator is an adult reliving his childhood through many random interesting vignettes of his youth We learn about many different aspects of Egyptian life from political rebellion to arranged marriages to religious devotion to gang warfare We are led to conclude that one of the major themes of the book is Truth We come to question whether Truth is something that always needs to be known Will the Truth ultimately do more harm than good Is there ever a time when the Truth must be told Are there times when its better for the Truth to never be known Truth is constantly sought out in Fountain and Tomb Our young narrator is often like a detective listening attentively to conversations making keen observations of situations and seeking out answers to questions he doesnt know The day is lovely but redolent with mystery our narrator says identifying all the unknowns in the world around him Mahfouz 15 An issue which is mentioned throughout the story is the concept of Ignorance is bliss which is an old cliche meaning what we dont know cant hurt us While massaging his naked female neighbors body the narrator is asked if hes going to tell his mother No he answers So you even know that certain things are better left unsaid You really are a devil Mahfouz 13 The neighbor makes the obvious point that sometimes there are things that dont have to be repeated for the benefit of all the parties involved Some might argue that the Truth will always come out and by hiding it someone will end up being affected by it much more later on But that is only if the information does get repeated Knowledge doesnt always have to be repeated as was shown by our narrator and his neighbor If
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