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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
I really enjoyed this novel, set in Sudan and Egypt in the 1950s.
It covers a lot of ground, but the story at the centre is the true relationship between Sudan's famous poet and songwriter, Hassan Awad Aboulela and his childhood sweetheart, represented as Nur and Soraya in the novel. They were cousins, betrothed from a young age, until a serious accident changed...
Published on 29 May 2011 by DubaiReader

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written
This was a move away from my usual literary diet and I was greatly taken by the Author's writing and subject matter.
This was a fascinating part of the social and cultural history between Sudan and Egypt and the Author handles this with subtelty and intelligence.
The characters are a rich mix of different styles and Leila Aboulela creates an extra frisson...
Published on 2 Sept. 2011 by Jonathan Clark


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lyrics Alley, 26 Dec. 2012
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I found the historical context, the British links and the contrast between Egypyt and Sudan very interesting, an aspect I had not previously thought about
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to put!, 11 Dec. 2014
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Not good and never got into it.
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