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This review is from: Married To A Bedouin (Mass Market Paperback)
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.