Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif
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Map of Love
By Ahdaf Soueif

The Map of Love

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Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Booker Prize for Fiction 1999.

Book Description

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747545637
ISBN-10: 0747545634
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 32mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » 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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