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Nice story, without being cheesy or overly-romantic
on 14 May 2014
Whilst looking for writing by Victorian female Orientalists in the Middle East, I ran across this title while and picked it up (Kindle version), hoping for a contemporary perspective on the area from a Westerner's eyes. Also praying it wouldn't be overly cheesy-romantic tale full of handsome dark-eyed men on Arabian steeds, coloured robes flying behind them as they rode across the desert sands. Thankfully it wasn't like that, just a simple tale related by a down-to-earth young woman from New Zealand, who went traveling in a gap year and never meant to meet her lover on that trip. This is the story about the chapter of Marguerite's life with her husband Mohammed in Jordan, which she called home for 20 years (before he passed away from diabetes complications).
"Married to a Bedouin" reads like someone's telling their story over many afternoon coffees, with some funny anecdotes, some bittersweet, so if you're looking here for some deep socio-political commentary from a Gertrude Bell type, you won't find it. Just a nice lady who misses her life partner greatly, and wanted to share their lovely story. Recommended (especially if you want some intimate insights into Petra/Jordan before your next holiday there).