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The Map of Love
The Map of Love: A Novel | Ahdaf Soueif
9 posts | 9 read | 13 to read
Booker Prize Finalist "Sweeping and evocative--. An unconventional love story."--The Times (London) With her first novel, In the Eye of the Sun, Ahdaf Soueif garnered comparisons to Tolstoy, Flaubert, and George Eliot. In her latest novel, which was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize, she combines the romantic skill of the nineteenth-century novelists with a very modern sense of culture and politics--both sexual and international. At either end of the twentieth century, two women fall in love with men outside their familiar worlds. In 1901, Anna Winterbourne, recently widowed, leaves England for Egypt, an outpost of the Empire roiling with nationalist sentiment. Far from the comfort of the British colony, she finds herself enraptured by the real Egypt and in love with Sharif Pasha al-Baroudi. Nearly a hundred years later, Isabel Parkman, a divorced American journalist and descendant of Anna and Sharif has fallen in love with Omar al-Ghamrawi, a gifted and difficult Egyptian-American conductor with his own passionate politics. In an attempt to understand her conflicting emotions and to discover the truth behind her heritage, Isabel, too, travels to Egypt, and enlists Omar's sister's help in unravelling the story of Anna and Sharif's love. Joining the romance and intricate storytelling of A.S. Byatt's Possession and Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, Ahdaf Soueif has once again created a mesmerizing tale of genuine eloquence and lasting importance.
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GatheringBooks
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#AyUpAugust Day 20: Today‘s #temptation is brought to you by Swensen‘s sizzling dessert. Paired with a book from Egypt for #WomenReadWomen2019.

Cathythoughts Wow 😮😋 3mo
squirrelbrain Yummy! 😋 3mo
gradcat Omigod—That looks decadent! 😋 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve had my eye on this book and now I‘m eyeing the dessert 😋😋😋when‘s the move???? 3mo
hgrimes nice skillet 🍳 3mo
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Travelinglibrarian
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CocoReads
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Bailedbailed

This was my book group book for February. Not my pick but my best friends pick. After hearing her talk about it, it sounded like maybe it got better but after a little over 100 pages into a 500 pages book, I just couldn't anymore. I had a hard time following the plot lines, and just generally couldn't care about any of the characters. In short, I was bored. Maybe another time, but probably not.

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CocoReads
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Have any Littens read this? I'm supposed to be reading it for book group next Monday but I've only made it to page 38 and I have no idea what's going on. My bestie picked it so I'm going to keep plodding forward but it's tough.

Smangela Hope it picks up! 3y
CocoReads @Smangela thank you. My sisters on pg 100 of 500+ and says it so far hasn't but we are hoping it does too 3y
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batsy
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Cinfhen
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These are all currently listed in my GoodReads as WANT TO READ #LoveintheTitle #17BookLove

Zelma Love is a Mix Tape ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen @Zelma I REALLY can't wait to get to this book. I'm such an 80's girl💞 3y
Zelma @Cinfhen it is very raw and honest and will punch you in the gut (in a good way).i listened to the audio and the author reads it, making it seem very intimate. (edited) 3y
Cinfhen @Zelma good to know because I'm looking for new #audiobooks 😘 3y
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CocoReads
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I fail at the no extra book buying resolution. But I'm still using Christmas money and being extra picky so I'm counting it as a win. 5 books (one borrowed, one for February book group) plus 1 DVD (to enhance my reread of Lonesome Dove)

Suzze Which one is for book group? 3y
CocoReads The Map of Love for Feb. January is The Pearl That Broke it's shell which I bought months ago. 3y
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BrownGirlReading
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"How can it strike so suddenly? Without warning, without preparation?Should it not grow on you, taking its time, so that when the moment comes when you think 'I love', you know - or at least you imagine you know - what it is you love? How can it be that a set of shoulders, the rhythm of a stride, the shadow of a strand of hair falling on a forehead can cause the tides of the heart to ebb and to flow?" (p. 48) #manbookershortlist1999 #egyptianlit

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Mehso-so

A nice poolside novel, and I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from giving it a try, but I wish it was a little meatier