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Into Suez

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Making connections between the Suez Canal War in 1949 and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this novel about a British couple's disastrous marriage is told by their daughter, who has discovered a diary written by her mother at the end of World War II. Ailsa Roberts, the writer of the diary, shows herself to be a vivid and intelligent young Englishwoman who is saili ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Parthian Books
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Lesley
Mar 22, 2016 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a satisfying book to read: full of nuances and a very strong narrative. Ailsa befriends Palestinian Mona on the ship heading to Egypt. One problem of course is that Mona is an officer's wife, Ailsa is wife to lower ranking Joe, who cannot deal with the friendship on any level. Ailsa is well educated and secretly rather despises the other lower ranking wives.
Something Ailsa does to help Mona on board ship makes Mona her lifelong beloved friend.
Nia, IN 1952 a tiny, odd little child, Ails
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Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 07, 2010 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
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Into Suez by Stevie Davies

Genre: Fiction
Pages: 448
Publication date: March 8th 2010


The year is 1949: Great Britain, victorious but bankrupt after WWII, attempts to reassert itself as an Imperial power by its military presence in the Suez Canal zone. Egypt's struggle against its British occupiers has some implicit truths to tell about the recent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. When Israel declares its statehood and drives out the Arab population, Joe, an RAF sergeant, his wife Ailsa and daughte
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Encruzilhadas Literárias
"Regresso ao Suez" é um livro difícil de classificar, assim como de explicar. Não porque seja mau, ou não tenha qualidade, mas porque não é um livro para todos os leitores; e mesmo para os que poderão gostar, não é um livro para todas as alturas.
Antes de entrar na análise do conteúdo, gostava de dizer que gosto bastante da capa e da nuance do conteúdo que ela cria, com tons sépsia a cheirar memórias longínquas à procura de serem descobertas.
O enredo leva-nos para uma Grã-Bretanha distante, onde
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Haythem Bastawy
Nov 17, 2012 Haythem Bastawy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, very different in its narrative, but in a good literary way. It shed light on the racist practices of the British forces in Egypt between 1948 and 1952 against the locals, and identified with the Palestinian cause beautifully, all through the wonderful story of Ailsa and her love to Joe and Mona. A sad ending though, but every good story has to end one way or another.

A quote to remember, "The words of Aneurin Bevan at a peace rally in Trafalgar Square in November 195
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John
Jan 24, 2013 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book was well-reviewed and although mildly enjoyable I didn't find it that rewarding. The characters were well-developed, and the author captures well the easy racism that I imagine prevailed, but apart from Mona the Palestinian Christian the non-British characters are very much in the background. The novel builds up well to a surprising denouement but - at the same time - it is not entirely convincing. Is it based on a true story?
Clare
Jun 19, 2012 Clare rated it it was ok
Shelves: modern-lit
This novel started off well but got so confusing that I lost interest... it took an age to read because I couldn't get too enthused about it. The subject of the British in Egypt in the 1950s is an interesting one but this didn't enlighten me I'm afraid.
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Welsh born Stevie Davies is a novelist, literary critic, biographer and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Academi Gymreig and is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Swansea.
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