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The Garden of Allah
Robert Smythe Hichens
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The Garden of Allah

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A sensation from its initial publication, Hichens' novel about a British woman traveling alone in the Algerian desert and her affair with a fallen Trappist monk inspired a play and several film versions.
482 pages
Published 1904 by Grosset and Dunlap
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When Domini was nineteen and had just been presented at court, her mother, formerly a devout Catholic, had scandalized everyone by running away with a lover. Her father now blasphemed the Church and led a dissipated life. Domini is now thirty-two. Her father has died and she has come to Africa to seek peace with only her French maid, Suzanne, for a companion. She is soon acquainted with a young Arab named Batouch who will be their guide in this strange and exotic land. As she is embarking on the ...more
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May 04, 2012 June Seghni marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Rich chick Domini eats prays loves her way through the Sahara on a spiritual journey to find herself. I got as far as I did in the book by skimming chunks of text. It's just so skimmable. I suppose I could have finished it eventually but I've got other books to read.
One of the most repetitive books I've ever read.
Mar 26, 2007 Patti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Hichens was born in Speldhurst in Kent, the eldest son of a clergyman. He was educated at Clifton College, the Royal College of Music and early on had a desire to be a musician. Later in life he would be a music critic on the World, taking the place of George Bernard Shaw. He also studied at the London School of Journalism. Hichens was a great traveler, Egypt was one of his favorite destinations, ...more
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