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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007173547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007173549
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,209,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iris and Ruby - Thomas, Rosie - Harper

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on Sept. 3 2009
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book last night and cannot stop thinking about it. I feel like I am Iris and Ruby myself and have gone through everything these characters have gone through. A really engaging read, but be prepared to cry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessie on May 23 2013
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A great book about three generations of women. Gives a fairly accurate account of Egypt and history. Characters are believable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shari Whittaker on June 16 2008
Format: Paperback
Great book for summer reading. Especially for Moms. Along the lines of the Kite Runner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Iris and Ruby Jan. 19 2009
By Susan P. Blevins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having spent two months in Cairo last year studying Arabic, I would say that this book gives a very authentic picture of life in that city. However, I found the story rather weak, and I was not drawn into the book as I would have liked. I recommend it to those who will be travelling to Egypt and are looking for some contemporary cultural background.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a wonderful piece of fiction Sept. 10 2011
By Robert S. Mellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book while we were wandering in Canada. What an outstanding piece of writing. You are transported to Cairo and dance between World War II and today. This is some of the best writing I have experienced about life in Egypt. Iris and Ruby
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Iris and Ruby Feb. 21 2013
By Jules - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rosie Thomas has done it again. Another first class novel with characters richly portrayed, well defined and very life like. The settings along with the relevant cultures and foods are fascinating and vivid. Spanning two separate generations it flows seamlessly providing a really interesting and refreshing read.
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eloquent and engaging Oct. 21 2012
By laramay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this story - the teenage angst and issues are spot on and the relationships being built are beautifully rendered. The bustle of Cairo comes alive and the details of each setting are so strong ones feels like we are walking the streets with the characters. A lovely book.
Wonderfully different take on WWII April 26 2014
By nlc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Found on a bookcrosser's wishlist. Ordered it to read first, before passing along. And I'm glad I did!
Ruby is a 19 yo British girl, not getting along with her family. So, she spontaneously flies to Cairo to live with her 82 yo grandmother Iris. The story vacillates between Ruby learning about modern day Cairo and falling in love with the Egyptian taxi driver's brother, Ash. And Iris' memories of her great love of a soldier during WWII and the German's push through Africa, which was part of the war that isn't written about very often. The descriptions of the area were vivid and quite well interwoven with the story. You could visualize the upper-class Cairo that Iris was born into, the parties that the expat's gave, the lesser areas where the poor lived and the desert sands that drew Xan and his Bedouin guide to show Iris.

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