Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Map of Love

I recently finished reading Ahdaf Souief's novel The Map of Love.  It was fascinating.  I savored it slowly.  The novel follows three generations of a family living in Egypt.  It bounces back and forth between the early 1900's when Egypt was under British Occupation and 1997.  Souief was able to concoct an intoxicating blend of history, love, intrigue, scandal, family, and politics.  I was constantly reminded how interwoven all of these concepts are in all of our lives and how little actually changes with time.

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