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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mistress of Abha (Review)
Having read William Newton's first novel "The Two Pound Tram" for which he won the Sagittarius Award for best novel, I couldn't wait to follow up with his second novel published posthumously. I wasn't disappointed.
William Newton truly captures the spirit of Arabia and he seems to be relating the novel through a personal experience. It may not be everyone's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned adventure yarn
I liked this book despite its flaws, I think mainly because I looked up the author and read he had only written 2 books - so for him this was his tour de force, the book he had to get out. The storyline is rather simple, the son of an army officer who fought with Lawrence (of Arabia) fame in the first world war has not been seen for a good 10 years. Following in the...
Published on 17 Sept. 2011 by Elizabeth Taylor


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3.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned adventure yarn, 17 Sept. 2011
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I liked this book despite its flaws, I think mainly because I looked up the author and read he had only written 2 books - so for him this was his tour de force, the book he had to get out. The storyline is rather simple, the son of an army officer who fought with Lawrence (of Arabia) fame in the first world war has not been seen for a good 10 years. Following in the family footsteps and a military career he determines to follow his father into the orient - and find him - along the way he has many adventures in the arabian peninsula of the 1920s-30s where Ibn Saud is slowly installing his brand of Islam and he meets traders, and, slaves. Its an old fashioned colonial tale of military empire man of the stiff upper lip variety, being drawn into the orient which was then glamourous and exotic and full of things to be discovered.

Of course all that is a cliche of the westerner and the sand and dust of arabia. This is not a perfect book by any means, at times its slow and the writing stuffy, there is a lot of descriptions of what I found to be rather boring battles. Then maybe the author meant the text to follow the stuffy, constricted society of the time or perhaps he was just not a great author or maybe both. But there were parts where he is telling one of many inter-lapping stories that I was really sucked into this rather strange world and saw a Saudi Arabia somewhat different to the forbidden one at least to westerners that exists now.

There are many things to critize and I doubt its not everyones cup of tea, but, I take my hat off to the author for his imagination and describing a world both in the west and I suspect in the east that no longer exists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mistress of Abha (Review), 1 May 2014
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Having read William Newton's first novel "The Two Pound Tram" for which he won the Sagittarius Award for best novel, I couldn't wait to follow up with his second novel published posthumously. I wasn't disappointed.
William Newton truly captures the spirit of Arabia and he seems to be relating the novel through a personal experience. It may not be everyone's choice, but for those who have a grasp of the subject it is truly compelling and a must read. Thank you William Newton.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The mistress of Abha, 23 Jan. 2013
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Can't get into it tryed a few time.There is nothing more i can say about this book but will try to read it again
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