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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099490641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099490647
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A harrowing tale of love, lust and betrayal in 19th-century Damascus...Hilu has taken a piece of history and cast it in another light" (Daneet Steffens Scotland on Sunday)

"[He] writes with great panache" (Independent)

"Gleefully bawdy" (The Tablet)

"Exotic...a very bold journey" (Gay Times)

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A remarkable historical novel with all the hallmarks of an international classic in the making.

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This book could have been very interesting based on a true incident in Damascus in 1840 concerning the arrest of many Jews for the murder of a Christian monk. Sadly the narration was very clumsy which is likely to be due to a combination of the author and the translator. Aslan, the main narrator, is barely plausible as he strays between his homosexual urges and his betrayal of his father and uncles. The plot around Aslan's difficulty in consumating his marriage to the Rabbi's daughter was very tedious and there was nothing in Aslan's character to give the reader anything to admire. I grew very tired of the direct referrals to the reader with the quote "My happy friend" as I was far from happy reading this book. One reviewer on the backcover describes this book as "gleefully bawdy" which would indicate to me that the reviewer did not get past the second paragraph.
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By Prof Leon Yudkin on 25 April 2010
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this interesting contemporary work arrived promptly and in perfect condition. Very pleased with the service.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Greenhalgh on 12 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
Set in 1840's Damascus, a fey, weak Jewish young man is forced to marry by his family. His assignation with a local monk sets of a taudrid tale.
This book has little to recommend it. It comes over as a study in base and negative motivations of human beings and ultimately appears to portray a negative view of homosexuality.
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Interesting subject poorly told, 1 Nov 2010
By Kiwifunlad - Published on Amazon.com
This book could have been very interesting based on a true incident in Damascus in 1840 concerning the arrest of many Jews for the murder of a Christian monk. Sadly the narration was very clumsy which is likely to be due to a combination of the author and the translator. Aslan, the main narrator, is barely plausible as he strays between his homosexual urges and his betrayal of his father and uncles. The plot around Aslan's difficulty in consumating his marriage to the Rabbi's daughter was very tedious and there was nothing in Aslan's character to give the reader anything to admire. I grew very tired of the direct referrals to the reader with the quote "My happy friend" as I was far from happy reading this book. One reviewer on the backcover describes this book as "gleefully bawdy" which would indicate to me that the reviewer did not get past the second paragraph.
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