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Las Virgenes Del Paraiso

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Han pasado muchos años; Jasmine regresa a su casa natal en la calle de las Vírgenes del Paraíso, en El Cairo. Ahora es médica, y ha sabido romper con la dependencia a que está condenada la mujer en su país. Es prácticamente occidental en sus valores, pero cuando se encuentra frente a su abuela Amira no puede evitarlo: el pasado irrumpe impetuoso entre las junturas de su nu ...more
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Published March 6th 2003 by DeBolsillo
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Ellyn
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've probably read it five or six times. It's set in Egypt, and it begins in 1945 and follows the women of the wealthy, aristrocratic Rasheed family through the mid 1990s. It's an intricate, fascinating story that I have difficulty putting down no matter how many times I've read it!
Karla Castillo
Esta bastante digerible para aprender sobre historia egipcia contemporánea... No sólo sobre Egipto antiguo. Habla también sobre costumbres. Lo recomiendo para los amantes de Egipto
Tara Chevrestt
This novel got off to a plesant start. Barbara Wood certainly knows how to take a reader to another time and place and make it real. Her research was obviously very excellent. Her writing style is terrific also. I simply did not care for this particular novel. After a great beginning, I gradually grew sick and tired of Amira, the grandmother of the house. The woman controls everything and everyone, holds back her own sex with her ignorance, marries her daughters and granddaughters off to absusiv ...more
Dalia
Cuando me regalaron el libro, me disgustó la portada, y fruncí mis cejas y nariz. Era demasiado cliché: un niqab con sólo los ojos misteriosos de una mujer y el título en cursivo dorado, muy dramáticamente escrito: Las Vírgenes del Paraíso.

Yo había vivido en Egipto ya 4 años y no me hacía falta un cuento estilo novela de televisión porque ya había visto y oído a mucho de primera persona. Pero el chico que me lo regaló me aseguró que sí contaba la historia, como de fondo, de una época histórica
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Maria
La doctora Jasmine Van Kerk regresa a El Cairo a instancias del abogado Abdel Rahman que la requiere para tratar con ella cuestiones en torno a una herencia familiar. A su llegada a la ciudad, visita la calle de “Las Vírgenes del Paraíso” donde transcurrió su niñez y toda su vida, antes de marchar definitivamente a residir en Estados Unidos.

Una vez en el hotel, recibe la visita de su abuela Amira que la informa que su padre está muy enfermo. Jasmine lo juzga muy duramente y su abuela decide con
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Ngozi Egbigwe
Wow, an exotic tale! Secrets only serve to destroy a family's unity. Amira, the matriarch- tried her best to keep things together but the wicked things that replicated in the lives of the next generation were too strong. In the end, the estranged daughters were welcomed and the family unity restored. Still trying to wrap my head round it all. Nice read!
Manuela
Un bel romanzo storico, che abbraccia più di mezzo secolo della storia egiziana.
Certo, forse 530 pagine, scritte piccolissime, sono state un po' troppe, non tanto perchè sia noioso, più che altro perchè nella parte iniziale, prolissa e dispersiva, la Wood si concentra eccessivamente sui particolari e allunga un po' troppo il brodo. Differentemente, nella parte finale corre un po' troppo, e alcuni avvenimenti importanti sono narrati con un leggero tocco di superficialità.
Il romanzo comunque è app
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Deisy Fundora
Una de las historias mas increhible que he leido.He aprendido mucho de la cultura musulmana, donde la mujer es solo un instrument sin voz ni voto, pero tambien aprendi la union entre las familias y los secretos bien guardados . Le doy gracias a Dios por haber nacido en esta parte del mundo, donde las mujeres somos parte importante de la familia, un gran libro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alexandra
It's a great novel, I loved the way it was written. With Barbaro Wood, your mind starts a wonderful journey through Egypt and they culture. I lost myself in this book thinking about the similarities and differences between our cultures, and indeed, I was surprised at the similarities.
Shannon Alcott
It took me awhile to find this book. My sister swore that it was one of the best books she had read (I agree) - but she thought it was called "The Birds of Paradise" (like the plant). Every bookstore and library I went to thought I was insane when I explained that I wasn't looking for a plant book. I finally found an old tattered edition at the library and it did end up being one of the best books I have read. I am currently reading another one of Barbara Woods books because of it. It takes plac ...more
Gaby
Muy buen libro. Te enseña tanto, te transporta el sufrimiento y lo que se vive siendo mujer en El Cairo. Excelente prosa y como describe cada detalle. Vives literalmente en Egipto mientras leer sus capítulos.
Liz
An engaging work of historical fiction, Virgins of Paradise manages to educate the reader about the culture and times of post-WWII Egypt in a balanced way, while maintaining its focus on the characters and story. The novel is made more interesting by the fact that it was written before 9/11, and speaks to traditional Muslim life as well as Muslim extremism. The story is packed with characters, but is largely a story of women and the joys and hardships they faced in society. I did not give this b ...more
Jlsimon
I read this book for the first time years ago. The characters are well developed and as a young woman the book appealed to me. The story takes the reader through three generations women in a family from Egypt. You feel the emotions of the characters as this history is visited through the eyes of a grand daughter returned from the United States. It is an amazing story. My second visit to the book was as an audio rendition of the story. I enjoyed the book more as a young woman, perhaps because I'm ...more
Karine Belair
I red this one when I was much younger (I was like 16, I am now 33) and I re-red it recently. I liked it twice!
Jodi
My favorite book of all time. Amazingly written and so interesting. A must read
Haythem Bastawy
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 th ...more
Angela Goldberg
Its about generations of woman living in Egypt. It covers tradition, religion, reform and love. It starts before WWII and I beleive it was historically correct. I enjoyed all aspects of it and in particular how it took a few characters and gave you a deep insight into their lives.
Peggy Mitchell
The history if women I Egypt? Had potential but got bogged down In idiocy.
Manju
Good reading, well written. Loved the characters and the story.
Corri
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My parents were cleaning out their audiobook library and I took a handful of books that intrigued me. Turns out, it was one of my best moves to keep this book. I LOVED it. It is one of my favorite books ever. My parents have three shelves: haven't read yet, dad read, and both read (my dad always reads them first). This book was accidentally placed on the both read shelf and when I gave it back to my mom, she loved it. Since, we have both bought this book for many others who have all
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Natali Barnes
5 Stars!! I loved this book, I simply love all the superstition, magic and mythology around the Egyptian Culture and I think this story was fascinating , I got so into the book that I used to fantasize it was me one of the women . Wow this book kept me on the edge from start to end .
Marion
Excelente libro, me enCanto!!!
Peggy
one remaining reason not to get a "kindle": serendipitous vacation scavenging. i picked up this discarded, literally moldy book on holiday. i would not have purchased this book, had never heard of it, but found it the perfect vacay read. what book had i brought to mexico? Zapata and the Mexican Revolution. pretty dry.

virgins is fairly well written and sufficiently entertaining. the scraps of history it contained were relevant given recent developments in egypt. i'm glad we crossed paths.
Vikki
This story takes place in Cairo, Egypt. It tells of women being so oppressed in this country. This story tells of a large family, so there are many characters in the book. A girl is kicked out of her family, then becomes a doctor, and reunites with the family in the end. There are many secrets in this family. There are many arranged marriages. There was much talk in this book about things being preordained from God. I did really enjoy this book.
ElenaWray
En definitiva, nos encontramos ante una novela perfecta que os conquistará desde la primera página. No tiene desperdicio. Conoceréis Egipto, sus costumbres, veréis esa lucha de las mujeres de la que os he hablado y sufriréis a la vez que os alegraréis ante las situaciones que rodean a los personajes. Espero que muchos os animéis a leer esta novela que no creo que olvidéis fácilmente.
Jan Reed
Noah recommended this book to me and I didn't really know what to expect as he didn't give much away!

It was quite a long book and in places it took a bit to keep going with it but they were only minor parts.

It follows the Rasheed family throughout the generations, showing how society and what is acceptable has changed so radically.

All in all I really enjoyed it.
Rona
Every page is a page turner! Sad that it is coming to an end...I will miss the characters.
Lety
Libro altamente recomendable. Una gran novela que te transporta a las costumbres tan diferentes y tan arraigadas de egipto. Fascinante conocer las costumbres de los musulmanes y ver como van evolucionando. Muchos personajes que a veces te confunde pero a la ves lo hace miy versatil. Una narrativa muy facil y muy descriptible. Hasta ahorita, de mis libros favoritos
Mkb
An Egyptian soap opera and sometimes it's fun to read such. Jasmine is banished from her Egyptian family after she becomes pregnant by the evil Hasin who rapes her as she is trying to get his help to save her family from the rebels. Soap opera - oh yes. It's redeeming quality is the history of Egypt from 1946 to the present. Women had it baaaad in Egypt.
Gerardina
I have read this book so many times, because the author makes me feel I am there in the Rashid house, feeling what they're feeling and seeing what they're seeing. You can see that Barbara Wood research a lot about religion and lifestyle in Cairo, and Egypt in general. My favorite character was Alice, the mother of Jasmine.
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Barbara Wood was born on 30 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK. Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and attended Los Angeles Schools. After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician. During this time, Barbara held numerous jo ...more
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