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Las vírgenes del paraiso

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  1,655 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Cronica de una vida desgarrada entre dos mundos, Las Virgenes del Paraiso es una rigurosa panorámica de la historia reciente de Egipto, una sobria crónica de la condición de la mujer en el mundo musulman, y sobre todo la emotiva historia de una mujer.
Paperback, 550 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Grijalbo Mondadori, S.A (first published January 1st 1989)
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Ellyn
Feb 11, 2009 Ellyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Mar 28, 2013 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emiliya
Feb 24, 2016 Emiliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Чете се на един дъх. Колоритни герои.
Raquel Halfen
Dec 11, 2016 Raquel Halfen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read but I considered it a little bit unnecesaraly too long. I liked the fact that I could learn the middle east culture and a review of the political history of those years in history in Egypt. I recommend the book.
Tita
Oct 27, 2016 Tita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книгата много ми допадна. Единствените ми забележки са към някои от образите, които не са развити в дълбочина, а участват активно в действията. Също така краят ми се видя малко претупан. Много увлекателна история, написана добре!
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
Apr 13, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Yara Elshiaty
Jul 13, 2016 Yara Elshiaty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as much as I'm loving this book, I have to point out many mistakes in quoting the quran! It is said that in the 38th verse of the 4th sura it is written that men are superior to woman! I looked it up, this verse doesn't talk about men or women at all so I don't know where they got that!

review after finishing: This book captured my attention like none other. I'm Egyptain so I knew the traditions, it wad relatable. Somethings were a bit too over the top but it didn't bother me. All the characters
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Gisele
Jan 07, 2016 Gisele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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El día en que nací me condenaron.
No conocía a mis acusadores.
No vi al juez.
El veredicto me cayó encima
cuando aspiré la primera bocanada de aire.
Mujer.


Las Vírgenes del Paraíso ha sido uno de esos libros que difícilmente te lo sacaras de la cabeza. Excitante. Crudo. Apasionado. De las casi 600 páginas no hay ningún momento de hastió. Todos sus capítulos son devorados. Es una lectura que constantemente te mantiene al vilo.

Qué frágiles somos las mujeres y con cuánta facilidad nos dejamos arrastr
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Georgette Ioannitca
Ενα συναρπαστικό,κινηματογραφικό και εθνικιστικό μυθιστόρημα που σε ταξιδεύει στην Αίγυπτο.Απ'ότι φαίνεται η συγγραφέας έχει ταξιδέψει,διεξάγοντας έρευνες Ενα συναρπαστικό,κινηματογραφικό και εθνικιστικό μυθιστόρημα που σε ταξιδεύει στην Αίγυπτο.Απ'ότι φαίνεται η συγγραφέας έχει ταξιδέψει,διεξάγοντας έρευνες καταφέρνοντας να συνδυάσει ήθη,εθνολογία,περιπέτεια.Όμορφο,συγκινητικό ανάγνωσμα ,αλλά που εμένα προσωπικά μου άφησε μια αίσθηση θυμού για την αντιμετώπιση της γυναίκας στην μουσουλμανική κο ...more
Manuela
Jun 03, 2012 Manuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sissi
Sep 22, 2016 Sissi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
He de decir que la ambientación está muy bien trabajada y se nota que hay un trabajo de documentación muy potente detrás de la novela, eso es algo que no se puede negar.
La historia nos narra la vida de la familia Rashid y como se adaptan a los cambios que va sufriendo Egipto desde el rey Faruk hasta finales del siglo XX.
Me he chocado mucho con la mentalidad de las mujeres de la obra ya que es muy, extremadamente, machista y esto me frenaba bastante a la hora de leer porque me sentía muy indignad
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Gema Karina Molina
Sep 11, 2015 Gema Karina Molina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A través del relato de Barbara Wood, es posible sentir que está uno sentado en una de las mesas de Groppi, mientras el bullicio del tráfico en Talaat Harb se mezcla con los aromas de las shishas y el café. Durante casi todo el libro reviví mis años en El Cairo, los atardeceres dorados y la fresca brisa del Nilo.
Este libro, además, nos permite ser un miembro más de la familia Rashid, y los amamos, los odiamos, los comprendemos, los perdonamos.
Es muy difícil, como occidentales, aceptar que en var
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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
Jlsimon
Apr 18, 2014 Jlsimon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Liz
Dec 14, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Haythem Bastawy
Aug 18, 2012 Haythem Bastawy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Peggy
Jan 07, 2012 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Corri
Jan 01, 2012 Corri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
(Read by TBD)

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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Michele
Mar 11, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books describes the valiant struggles of two Egyptian women, forced to accept the laws of the land. They innocently question why they must relinquish their potential power, to men and religion. They learn to succomb as they observe and live through judgements of women, based on unfair laws made by men, and accompanied by cruel punishments of separation from family, of banishment and even death. They choose difficult paths leading to freedom. The complexities of forced beliefs coupled with a ...more
Vikki
Sep 29, 2011 Vikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sam Gale
Jul 09, 2016 Sam Gale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book expecting something entirely different--a retelling of Mohammed's story, perhaps?--but I was not disappointed with the narrative. The women of this book are all fascinating, even the ones I came to dislike. I don't have enough of a background in Middle Eastern history to know if Barbara Wood got the details right, but the book felt well-researched. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes dramatic works with strong female leads.
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!
Megan
Jan 19, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the story was fast paced and kept me turning the pages, I became very angry with the choices all of these women made. I almost stopped reading it several times. I recognize that it may be historically accurate, but I did wish the women would have taken more responsibility for their own actions.
Klaudia
Jan 23, 2014 Klaudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maxine McDonald
Aug 24, 2009 Maxine McDonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was loaned to me by a close friend and was recommended by her.It is the history of a family that is upper-middle class that lives on Virgins of Paradise Street in Egypt. It takes the family through many generations and political and social changes in Egypt. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Elena❤
Dec 12, 2013 Elena❤ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Abe
Apr 12, 2012 Abe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay how can anyone not love this book?! Barbara Wood is a fantastic writer and she really painted a perfect picture of each character, you felt that you were there watching this story unfold. I loved the twists, surprises and reading the whole book come together. I could not put this book down. It is a must read!
Jan Reed
May 06, 2012 Jan Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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