The Map of Love

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 10, 2012 - Fiction - 544 pages
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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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User Review  - Karen Sofarin - Goodreads

Not a fan. I have been trying to NOT finish books that are this long-winded. I did not like the way the author handled switching the narration between 1900 and 1997. It was confusing and none of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sherilyn - Goodreads

While the love story element of this book was interesting I could not get into the politics of Egypt. I have no interest in politics at the best of times so a lot of this book left me cold. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo. She is the author of Aisha, Sandpiper, In the Eye of the Sun and the bestselling novel The Map of Love, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. Her collection of cultural and political essays, Mezzaterra, was published in 2004, as was her translation of I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti. She has been awarded the Blue Metropolis Literary Prize (in Montreal) and the Constantin Cavafis Award (in Cairo and Athens), and is also the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, PalFest. Ahdaf Soueif is also a journalist and her work is syndicated throughout the world. For the last five years she has been a key political commentator on Egypt and Palestine, and throughout the 2011 uprisings in Cairo Adhaf Soueif reported front the ground for the Guardian, and appeared on television and radio. She lives in London and Cairo.

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