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The modern history of Egypt in 500 pages,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Map of Love (Hardcover)
This is my second book by Ms. Soueif. The first was "In The Eye of The Sun" which I found a bit hard to read. "The Map of Love" is better written and on the whole the story is more enjoyable. Even though I have to admit I found it a bit confusing at the beginning to be reading two stories going in parallel. However, when one got the hang of it the book became really nice to read.
This is a journey through time taking us back to the last years of the nineteenth century with all the turbulences that a country under the British rule was going through. Then the writer gradually and smoothly takes the reader on wings of a wonderfully written novel to a present-day Egypt - now an independent country with all sorts of problems that a modern cosmopolitan capital is suffering from.
On the whole this is an enjoyable book quite worthy of its Booker Prize nomination.