The Map of Love
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The Map of Love

By (author) Ahdaf Soueif

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In 1900 Lady Anna Winterbourne travels to Egypt where she falls in love with Sharif, and Egyptian Nationalist utterly committed to his country's cause. A hundred years later, Isabel Parkman, an American divorcee and a descendant of Anna and Sharif, goes to Egypt, taking with her an old family trunk, inside which are found notebooks and journals which reveal Anna and Sharif's secret.

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 36mm | 439.99g
  • 01 May 2000
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747545634
  • 9780747545637
  • 47,566

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"Vivid, passionate and shedding, as true love does, a brilliant, revealing light on the world beyond itself."--"The Sunday Telegraph" (London)"Epic--. Soueif is at her most eloquent on the subject of her homeland, her prose rich with historical detail and debate. Ultimately, Egypt emerges as the true heroine of this novel."--"The Independent" (London)"Ahdaf Soueif has a talent for blending the personal and political and getting under the skin of each one of her characters."--"Independent on Sunday" (London)"A magnificent work, reminiscent of Marquez and Allende in its breadth and confidence."--"The Guardian""A bold and vibrant novel--. This is political fiction that is also unashamedly romantic--. A triumphant achievement."--Penelope Lively, "Literary Review"

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A dual love story that will surely become a classic for its beautiful writing and was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. In Egypt in 1900, young widow Lady Anna Winterbourne meets patrician nationalist Sharif Pasha al-Barudi. To Sharif, Anna represents the hated British, while Anna knows that any relationship between them would inevitably result in ostracism by her countrymen. Their gradual acceptance of love for each other, their eventual marriage and Anna's burgeoning love for Egypt are all sensitively handled. In 1997, the couple's story is gradually recreated for Isabel (their American great-granddaughter) from Anna's diaries and letters by an Egyptian kinswoman, Amal, whom Isabel travels to Egypt to meet. The two stories are skilfully interlaced against a compelling account of Egypt's nationalist movement, which never swamps the narrative. Review by MARY S LOVELL. Editor's note: Mary S Lovell is the author of A Scandalous Life. (Kirkus UK)

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