The Map of Love, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In 1900 Lady Anna Winterbourne travels to Egypt where she falls in love with Sharif, and Egyptian Nationalist utterly committed to his country's cause.

A hundred years later, Isabel Parkman, an American divorcee and a descendant of Anna and Sharif, goes to Egypt, taking with her an old family trunk, inside which are found notebooks and journals which reveal Anna and Sharif's secret.


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A bit sentimental, and pushes rather a lot of the obvious postcolonial buttons, but I enjoyed it. A good fast read, for all its 500 pages, and plenty of Egyptian atmosphere. The "now-and-then" historical novel form isn't exactly untrodden ground, but Soueif makes a very competent job of it: even Lady Anna's slightly stilted Victorian prose sounds almost right. The only point where it goes right over the top is the camel expedition into the Sinai desert. But, as she says herself later in the book: "there have to be camels". You couldn't really imagine a novel about Egypt for Western readers that doesn't include camels and a bit of "native dress".

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This is a very genteel story that is a romance but also explores the clash between Egypt and Britain.

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