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Seraglio by Janet Wallach
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Jul 09, 12

bookshelves: adult-fiction
Read in July, 2012

I chose this book because I am a fan of Wallach's biographies and I am interested in the story of Aimee du Buc Rivery. Wallach conducted extensive research, intending to write a biography on Rivery, but was unable to conclusively determine if the French-born Aimee was indeed the Nakshidil, the French speaking mother of Sultan Mahmud. Therefore, she decided to turn the book into a historical novel.

Wallach's writing style for biographies is delightful, but did not work as well for a novel. Voice was a problem throughout. Still, I enjoyed the setting and story.
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