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The Stone Woman: A Novel (Islam Quintet 3) Paperback – 26 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; New edition edition (26 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859843646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859843642
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tales of anguish, longing, lust and lvoe all find their way to The Stone Woman ? Ali paints a vivid picture of a fading world." - New York Times Book Review "A richly woven tapestry that, even before its completion, merits comparison with Naguib Mahfouz's celebrated Cairo Trilogy. A great work in progress." - Kirkus Reviews "Ali spins a web of tales that is as inventive and fantastical as the Arabian nights." - The Times "... an Eastern Magic Mountain." - London Review of Books "This Chekhov-like scenario of intense emotion within a creaking social structure constructs a rich picture of history and the way we think about history." - Times Literary Supplement

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Tariq Ali is a writer and film-maker. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, five novels, and scripts for both stage and screen. The first novel of the Islam Quintet, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, was awarded the Archbishop San Clemente del Instituto Rosalia deCastro Prize for Best Foreign Language Fiction published in Spain in 1994 and, like The Book of Saladin, has been translated into several languages.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Index Research on 16 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
The Stone Woman is a superb book: voluptuous, exotic - with relevant political savvy thrown in. Here is an example of Tariq's wisdom: "He was excited by the events of the day. He spoke of the young officer who had made what was really difficult sound possible, namely to make progressive ideas a reality. So often in the past, lofty ideas had been transformed into their opposites, when those who had proclaimed them actually came to power. This had happened in France after the revolution, but it had happened here (Turkey) as well. Whenever the reformers had been made Viziers, their ideas disappeared and they were compelled to govern the Empire in the only way they knew, which was the old way." T. Ali reminds me of another evocative writer from whom one learns much - Amin Maalouf.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, 26 June 200O: The Ottoman Empire, known as the 'sick man of Europe' in the 19th century, continues its slow, steady decline in the summer of 1899 as elderly Iskander Pasha (a descendant of gthe Sultan's favourite courtier) and his well-born family gather outside their sea-side palace outside Istanbul. Ali explores the complexities of the Ottoman mentality in his fifth outing, a colourful sensual drama of families, sexual intrigue and rebellion...... Ali's epic combines the luxuriant pacing of the old-fashioned novel of ideas with the 20th century relish for sexual detail to conjure up an almost Chekhovian mileu.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Alison Avery on 21 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
Very moving, very informative, stunning language, believeable characters, great story - we reviewed this book in our village bookclub - no one had a bad word to say about it! I found this book to be story and character driven, not politically motivated at all, and very well written.
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