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Into Suez

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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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Blodeuedd Finland
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...more
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...more
Haythem Bastawy
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...more
John
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
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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