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A Mills and Boon romance,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Map of Love (Hardcover)
An absurdly overrated book, judging by the plaudits on the jacket. Marquez? I don't think so. This is just a Mills and Boon romance dressed up with bolted-on and boringly presented politics and a bit of feeble magic realism. (It is the second book I have read since the New Year that has been praised by serious critics and has turned out to be unreadable slush - the other one was Vikram Seth's "An Equal Music" . What is going on?) What is worse about this book is that it purports to be postcolonial in its sensibilities but itself falls into all the old traps of Orientalism.
Two things leapt at out me but I admit I haven't checked them so I may be wrong. if I'm right they just confirm the fundamental laziness of the writing.
1 Anna has read Queen Victoria's diaries within a year or two of Victoria's death. I find it hard to believe they were published that soon.
2 Anna gets married in an Islamic ceremony wearing a low-cut dress.
Really you'd be better off watching Rudolf Valentino.