Harem Hardcover – Jan 1993
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"I was 18 years old, I'd just left school and got a job in London, working in an insurance company. I was working inside - in an office! My mother thought that was like being CEO of Shell Oil. "I was late one morning, I took a short cut through the church yard to the station to catch my train. I'd just finished reading The Sun Also Rises the night before; and here I was looking at all these gravestones, I remember thinking: Gee, we're not here very long. Better make it count. "So I went home, told my mother I was quitting my job and going to Morocco. She damned near fainted." After travelling through Spain and Africa, Colin hitch-hiked across Europe to Sweden to visit a girlfriend he'd met the year before on a football tour. When he finally got back home, he was still restless. After failing to make the grade as a professional football player, he travelled around Asia; his experiences in Bangkok and India later inspired his thriller VENOM, and his adventures in the jungles of the Golden Triangle of Burma and Laos were also filed away for later, the basis of his OPIUM series about the underworld drug trade. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Characters are well drawn and multi-faceted, from the loathsome, conniving and cruel Hurrem, and Suleiman the Great, shown here as a weak, petulant and pathetic figure, that stretches the imagination somewhat given his significaant actual lifetime acheivements. These two are nicely counter-balanced by the Sultan's mother, the Valide, who's loyalty and nobility are certainly a breath of fresh air in the Topkapi palace. The noble-hearted Abbas is also an inspirational yet luckless figure. I was less impressed by the simpering, fearful, heroine Julia and hope she finds some much needed courage in the sequel. Be that as it may, one does become very satisfactorily interested and involved in the outcome of each and every one.
The book is essentially dedicated to the main individuals' trials, tribulations and in many cases, sufferings but I did feel the absence of a significant, major, overall plot was a disappointment. The Ottoman Empire sort of goes on as a side-show to the juicy palace internal intrigues.
Disappointed by a number of mis-spellings that really should have been proof-read out at whatever level of publishing this book went through. What do you mean "She was weary nothing"?
Will certainly give The Seraglio a spin.
Great & Wonderful.