The Map of Love: A Novel

The Map of Love: A Novel by Ahdaf Soueif 0385720114 9780385720113
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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 Britains 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 Omars sisters help in unravelling the story of Anna and Sharifs love. Joining the romance and intricate storytelling of A.S. ByattsPossessionand Michael OndaatjesThe English Patient, Ahdaf Soueif has once again created a mesmerizing tale of genuine eloquence and lasting importance.

Author: Ahdaf Soueif

Language: English

Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 544

Publisher: Anchor

Publication Date: 2000-09-12

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