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What Will Survive

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The plight of Lebanon, just emerging in 1997 from a decade of civil war, is the fascinating historical backdrop to this novel that begins with the death of an Englishwoman, Aisha, in a landmine accident near the town of Nebatiyeh. Once the woman is identified as a minor celebrity--a fashion model with an Egyptian mother--in England reporters rush to the family's Somerset h ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Arcadia Books (first published September 1st 2007)
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Sandra Grauschopf
Nov 02, 2013 Sandra Grauschopf rated it did not like it
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This is one of those rare books, where I wish I had a receipt so that I could bring it to the author and ask her to refund my time.

It purports to be about the death of a former-supermodel-turned humanitarian who was blown up by a landmine under mysterious circumstances. Really, the majority of the book is taken up with the incredibly tedious, and only vaguely relevant, lives of her boorish husband and her equally boorish lover.

Close to the end, the book seems to remember it has a premise, and
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
Excellently written, but a disappointment in the end because there is no real 'ending' and it isn't clear what the real essence of the story is, other than bringing to light a parralel with Princess Diana's 'quest' to ban landmines...
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Joan Alison Smith is an English novelist, journalist and human rights activist, who is a former chair of the Writers in Prison committee in the English section of International PEN. In 2003 she was offered the MBE for her services to PEN, but refused the award. Joan Smith is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.
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