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Virgins of Paradise by [Wood, Barbara]
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"Fascinating...Wood uses her keen eye for detail and her lush prose to let the culture speak for itself." -- "Houston Post""

""Powerful...remarkable." -- "Detroit Free Press""

" "A story of intense emotion and great complexity...you must read it!" "-- Tulsa World"

"A master storyteller. She never fails to leave the reader enthralled." --Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of "A Woman of Independent Means"

"An accomplished storyteller." --John Jakes, "New York Times" bestselling author

"Wood shows herself a wizard at juggling action and romance, maintaining the momentum and sparkle of both." "--Kirkus Reviews "

"Wood makes her fiction come alive with authentic detailing and highly memorable characters."" --Booklist "

"Barbara Wood is an entertainer." "--Washington Post Book World"

"Wood crafts vivid sketches of women who triumph over destiny." "--Publishers Weekly"

"Entertainment fiction at its best." "--Booklist"

"Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating." "--Library Journal"

Book Description

A matriarchal saga set in post-war Egypt and spanning four decades. The pregnant Yasmina, cast out and sentenced to death by her family, journeys to England and becomes a doctor in America before returning to her homeland. The author's other novels include "Green City in the Sun" and "Domina".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00803FCD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #379,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have really enjoyed this novel with all its characters and plot twists, its history and its scents, in spite of many glimpses of repulsive orientalism sometimes. The author has done a great job with the cultural and histroical research and managed masterfully to depict generations of women of one family, each with her own story, background and distinct personality. I personally fell in love with Camelia, her glamour and her determination. I recommend the story to anyone who is interested in the post fifties era in Egypt and the transitional period from monarchy to army control.
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
Another excellent book by Wood, following the tradition of Domina and Green City in the sun A book that stays with you for ever and that you open its pages again and again to re-read your favourite part...memorable read..
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Format: Paperback
I read this book as a Book Club read It is a family saga set mainly in Egypt within the home of a muslim family over several generations. The book is clearly written by a westerner whose attitude to muslim beliefs and life is generally negative. The characters tend to be steryotypes not fully developed, the book is overlong, repetative with regard to details of muslim life and left this reader unsatisfied. Formulaic writing barely one up from Catherine Cookson.
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