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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (30 Oct. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140027459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140027457
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes, instead of a letter to thank his hostess, Freddy Hamilton would compose a set of formal verses - rondeaux, redoubles, villanelles, rondels or Sicilian octaves - to express his thanks neatly. Read the first page
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Very funny and an interesting history lesson in the Israel/Palestine situation in the early 60s. Weighty ideas presented as comedy, an sometimes farce. "The Arab mind works in symbols" will stay with me.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan Jack on 20 Dec. 2012
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Great price and book as good as new. Excellent service would certainly deal with them again. I will be a returning customer.
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A Real Page Turner 27 April 2010
By Edward J. Doran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This novel is one of Spark's best. I first read it as a teenager and couldn't put it down. It takes place amidst the political turmoil of the Middle East in the early 1960s and the trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem. It is filled with intrigue and with almost too many things happening as Barbara Vaughan, an English spinster of partly Jewish heritage, travels to the Holy Land to be with her boyfriend, an archaeologist working in Jordan on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Crossing from Israel to Jordan she is mistaken for a spy and must go undercover as a muslim woman covered from head to toe. Check out the original review by Malcolm Bradbury in the New Yorker for more details.
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Recommended for thoughtful readers... 6 Jan. 2015
By Catspec - Published on Amazon.com
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Muriel Spark is a gem. Although I don't love all of her work, this is one that I do love. Still timely, although the gate is now not a crossing, and unfortunately things have probably gotten worse, the story resonates with the problems of the region just as it did when written. Perhaps a bit too much for some readers, this is not a light weight travel novel, nor a sentimental novel of love and barriers to love. It is a novel of religious feeling, political intrigue, and personal choices that was absorbing back when I first read it years ago, and last month when I bought and read the Kindle edition. I highly recommend it for thoughtful readers.
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Muriel Spark's lighter side of funny 2 Jan. 2014
By Lorelie - Published on Amazon.com
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Muriel Spark can be a little too sardonically mean for my taste, but in this novel her characters are treated more gently than usual, in spite of the backdrop of Israel and Jordan, Jews and Arabs. I found it very funny, actually laughing out loud sometimes. All the characters are vibrant and get themselves into all sorts of scrapes. At first, the character Freddy, with his bread and butter poems, can be a bit hard to take, but stick with it. Freddy and his circle of contacts and predicaments will grow on you quickly.
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Mediocre book. 23 Mar. 2014
By carol h. dedov - Published on Amazon.com
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The book did not grab my attention. I haven't gotten very far into it, even though I've had it for a long time.
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Readable but hard to follow and scarcely worth the effort 22 Jan. 2002
By "susanjb" - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked this book up when I ran out of reading material over the holidays. It looked great from the book cover (but you know what they say . . .) I found it to be a tedious book, very long and somewhat dull. Worst of all, when the "weird part" takes over -- it is very hard to follow. Impossible to understand what actually befell the primary male character. I can't recommend it unless you get it for free and have lots of time on your hands.
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