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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844082199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844082193
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who enjoys travel books, especially about the Middle East, this is the read thing - a fascinating account of life as a Bedouin in the late twentieth century written by a Western woman (Mary S. Lovell)

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Speaking Arabic, understanding their customs, converting to Islam and giving birth to three children in their midst, Marguerite van Geldermalsen takes us to the heart of the almost forgotten Bedouin world.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2013
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Having visited Petra before the Bedouin settlements were removed I looked forward to reading `Married to a Bedouin' and identifying with an area I had found truly amazing, and I was immediately attracted to the map and landmarks I recognized - but I was disappointed at the book's lack of depth. In spite of its alluring subject matter I found `Married to a Bedouin' to be a somewhat tedious read, particularly in its use of Arabic wording. There is no doubting the strength of the bond between author Marguerite van Geldermalsen and her Bedouin husband, but most of her writing on relationships is superficial. She is very much a hippie traveller rather than a writer and her narrative is made up of anecdotal snap-shots that allow only glimpses of her time in Petra. Certainly Marguerite achieved happiness, but she avoids or downplays the negatives of what must have been unpleasant or hard. Even so there are fascinating insights to Bedouin lifestyle and culture, and of course it is a true love story, but it is only an average book - hence 3-star rating.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Dring on 26 Mar. 2007
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I have just visited Petra and met some of the delightful people of the bedouin tribe and our guide recommended this book. It is a thrilling, romantic tale set amongst the stunning scenery of Petra. The story is all the more remarkable because it is a true tale. Marguerite gives a fascinating insight into day to day life of the bedouin and vividly describes the remarkable surroundings. I finished the book a few days ago and was so enraptured by Marguerite that I am still wondering what happened next. Please write an up to date epilogue!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Khadya Almula'a on 26 Aug. 2007
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the thing that made me pick this book is that to exploer how a young women fron Newzleand leaves everything behind her and lives in a cave in the Jordinian desert. this book is really intresting it gives great details in how the bedioun lives. i highly recommend the book to anyone who is intrested in the middle east and how any one can do anything for the sake of love.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dougs077 on 4 Dec. 2012
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I found this book very disappointing. It is a disjointed series of musings, or you could say ramblings, describing the author's life in Petra. The book was very poorly written: there is no plot, suspense-building or proper story-telling, just pages upon pages of description, which quite quickly gets pretty boring. After finishing it, I did not feel that I knew the author any better. She gave very few opinions, insights into how she was feeling, and all of her descriptions appeared to carry equal weight in importance no matter how big or small. For example, her parents visiting from New Zealand or the birth of her first child got the same amount of attention as finding describing a new car, or finding a scorpion. All described in a rather distant, bland way..

A pretty poor attempt at telling what should be an interesting story. I wouldn't recommend even if you have been to Petra and can identify with the palces mentioned. You would be wasting your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I M Young on 27 Feb. 2013
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I read this for a book club. I don't think I would have chosen it for myself but it was interesting reading about Petra & how the people there lived.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sm Hawley on 28 April 2013
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I bought this because I was visiting Petra and thought it would give an interesting human perspective on the site, which it certainly did. Margueritte describes her life with a wealth of interesting details. It was lovely to talk briefly to her son when I visited the book and jewellery stall he runs at Petra.
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I have to be honest. If this book was half the length it was then I would have given it more stars. Some of it was very interesting. Much of it was not. I wanted to know more about the cultural differences and if it effected her relationship. Actually I really wanted to know more about her emotions. I know other reviewers said there were too many Arabic words in this book. I personally thought that wouldn't bother me (Being a Muslim married to an Arabic speaking husband myself). However I agree it was too much and rather repetitive at times. However if she ever brought out a second book describing how her children are faring now and if they consider themselves Bedouins too, I certainly would read that.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sparkly on 27 July 2009
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I bought this book at Amman airport on the way back from Jordan (including Petra); It was good to be able to identify with specific locations, it made the book seem more 'real' than it may have otherwise done. I think Marguerite tells an OK story but to me this book is written by a traveller (for want of a better word) 'telling her story' and not by a 'story teller'. Throughout it is just a little too factual to make one feel any emotion towards either the author or any of the bedouin.
Very, very interesting as a kind of travel diary but, in my opinion) not a story that is full of feeling.
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