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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK; 1 edition (May 31 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8171086608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747545637
  • ASIN: 0747545634
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Jones on Feb. 3 2014
Format: Paperback
This amazing book that deals with the intricacies involved when two people from different cultures , from nations that have different histories and directions who love another come to realize that their lives together is a challenge that is not based on love alone and that time hasn't and will never mitigate the inherent differences. This is a must read for those embracing multi-culturalism, cosmopolitanism and the global economy. One thing for sure is that this novel is a thought-provoking, socially challenging and compelling read. I highly recommend it along with Disciples of Fortune, Sugar Street: The Cairo Trilogy, The Usurper: and Other Stories, which I found to be thought-provoking and insightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "peterjoshua" on April 16 2001
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This book starts slowly, it's a wonderful read for the summer(the beach) or whenever you have the time to read it right through and to absorb the impact of a very proper English Lady (i.e. aristocrat) of the 19th century embracing an entirely new life and circumstances with the man she falls in love with, an Egyptian, who, being persona non grata with the British colonists, results in the same status being conveyed on her. It's not a romance novel, it's far more serious. It's about love in all its many facets, it's a contrast of life in the nineteenth, versus the late twentieth,century. I recommend it, it challenges conventional notions of life in Egypt, as well as giving background to Middle East politics from the inception of the twentieth century. Anna knew duty, and caring. What she had yearned for was love, and it found her, and alongside she gave, and received, love from her husband's mother (her belle-mere), his sister, and all their family. This book embraces the redeeming quality of love. The parallel contrast with her modern-day relative, Isabel, makes the reader pause and reflect. I read this after an extensive blitz on the Patrica Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta novels, which are addictive. The pace here is slower, the language more evocative and wordy. Let it transport you, Anna and her story will stay with you longer than Dr Scarpetta.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "napnme" on May 14 2002
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An amazingly tender and encapturing story that you can't put down. The book deals with the challenges of culture meeting culture, and it is evident that time hasn't softened the impact of people's differences. An excellent insight into the sensitive mingling of East and West. Thought-provoking, entrancing, compelling. I would highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana Maria Barrenechea on May 2 2002
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This is the first time I have read a book from this author, but I was interested in the story because many years ago I visited Egypt and have always been in love with its history.
The book is very alive and interesting to the very end, altough I think there are a little too many details on the political situation of the time. What I found very clever is the combination of the story of Egypt in two different eras that we learn through one person reading her great-grandmother's journal. I have to say it kept me reading to find out what happened.
One thing that has made me appreciate this book even more is the importance of keeping a diary.... our heirs will always be interested in reading how our live was.....!
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By soulsurfer on Feb. 20 2011
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This is a wonderful book. IF you are into the middle east and or the middle east dance. then you will want this.
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"The Map of Love" is a richly textured literary tapestry that intertwines the romantic stories of two different couples, separated by a century, with the politics, history and culture of Egypt and the West. It is, first and foremost, the epistolary narrative of Anne Winterbourne, an English widow who moves to Egypt, falls in love with, and ultimately marries, the Egyptian lawyer and political activist Sharif Pasha al-Baroudi in 1901. It is also the story of Isabel Parkman, the great granddaughter of Anne and Sharif, a thirty-five-year old American divorcee who, like her great grandmother before her, falls in love in 1997 with Omar, a brilliant, self-centered and much older Egyptian conductor and political activist for the Palestinian cause.
The stories of these two romances are largely told by Omar's sister, Amal, herself a woman who has had her own failed marriage and two grown children who she no longer sees. Given a trunk full of Anne Winterbourne's letters by Isabel, who finds them when her dying mother enters the hospital, Amal soon becomes obsessed with writing the story of Anne Winterbourne, in the process also becoming the confidant of the Isabel and her passionate obsession for Omar.
"The Map of Love" weaves an intricate and powerful narrative, spanning time, geography and culture, providing a remarkable picture of Egyptian history and politics as it confronts the British colonialism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and its legacy nearly a century later. If the book has a shortcoming, it is in the relative weakness of the story of Isabel and Omar, a romance that never quite grips the reader. It is a shortcoming which is perhaps more apparent because the epistolary tale, the tale of the life of Anne Winterbourne and Sharif Pasha, is brilliantly wrought, a romantic narrative with true feeling and verisimilitude. "The Map of Love" should be read slowly and savored, preferably on a warm beach near the sea on a long summer's vacation.
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By Elki Issa on April 15 2002
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I absolutely loved this book. The love stories of Anna and Sharif, as well as Isabel and Omar, were wonderfully expressed. I especially enjoyed the parallels between colonial Egypt in 1900 and the problems of the region today. I couldn't put this book down; it's one I plan on reading over and over!
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