The Zanzibar Wife
Oman. The ancient land of frankincense, wind-swept deserts, craggy mountaintops and turquoise seas. Into this magical nation come three remarkable women, each facing a crossroad in her life.
Rachel, an American war photographer, who is struggling to shed the trauma of her career. Now she is headed to Oman to cover quite a different story - for a glossy travel magazine.
There are three main female characters- Rachel, Ariana the fixer and Miza who is a Zanzibar wife. Their lives become entwined when they all find themselves in Oman at the same time . There are issues they are all trying to resolve in their personal and working lives.
Rachel's photographic assignments keep being foiled and she is ...more
It’s beautifully written but this chick lit feel just doesn’t rock my world BUT I could see why bother would enjoy it
It was interesting the cultural side of this set in Oman
I enjoyed the descriptive narrative of Oman and Dubai, the scene setting is excellent but for some reason I wasn't hooked like her previous books.
Three women meet in Oman. Rachel is a war photographer who has become completely desensitised to suffering and is taking a 'time out' to go and do a travel piece on Omani handicrafts. Ariana is a flaky British-born ...more
Rachel an American photographer who covers global stories of serious events from Afghanistan to Darfur and Tahrir square. She found her self in a slump after a tragic incident in Paris. As a way to put her back to work her friend offers her an assignment in Oman .
Her fixer Ariana a British young divorcé accompanied Rachel in Oman and they met a series of surprising events. Hani who surprised Ariana by being different than every man she has met. Miza, “the Zanzibar wife” who was in Oman to ...more
It is an interesting story and the descriptions of the places really come to life. this is an easy holiday read and won't change the world by its existence but it is enjoyable none the less. This one is set in Oman and Zanzibar and ...more
The characters were real , relatable and you were buckled in for their journey.
I won’t give any thing away...but as a Muslim it was fascinating to read from a non Muslim writer about jinn. Very well written.
Pick it up and give it a go! I want to know what other ...more
Rachel is a photojournalist who suddenly finds herself burnt out after one too many warzones. Offered a short stint with a travel magazine she heads to Oman in search of artisans and craftspeople.
Ariana is a British national living in Dubai. ...more
The Zanzibar Wife looked promising and enticing, but it just fell short of my expectations.
1. There just wasn’t enough of the Zanzibar wife. Sure, the plot kind of, loosely, centres around her, and this is all revealed at the end. But the reveal and the tying-loose-ends wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped. We are told a lot about Miza and her situation. But that’s the problem. We are told it. I didn’t feel close to her character and she felt flat and 2D.
2. There ...more
This week I also happened upon a fabulous podcast interview ...more
I was drawn to the novel by the exotic settings - Zanzibar and Oman. I was also intrigued by the idea of the clash of cultures ...more
This did not quite live up to the quality or powerful ideas conveyed in The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul; which took me by surprise, following the full expectation that it was merely going to be some fluffy chick lit style novel that sufficed as a 'beach read' for ease. In the case of the Zanzibar Wife, we ...more
This could have been a solid 4* had it followed the same line as the Coffeeshop of Kabul - light and optimistic, strong female leads with great backstories and a story peppered with lessons and teachings about an exotic, distant culture so many in the Western world misunderstand or only try to scratch the surface of.
It could have been... sadly the characters were very two-dimensional, even ...more
As if my wanderlust wasn't bad enough this book has given me a couple more places that I would love to visit.
There were aspects of this story that I found really interesting, and as the end was nearing I realised I really did care what happened to these characters but for some parts I found quite a few characters to be unlikable to the point that they were almost irritating me.
The setting, however, was beautifully described. I could almost taste the cardamom infused coffee and feel ...more
Oman, the ancient land of frankincense, windswept deserts, craggy mountaintops and turquoise seas. Into this magical nation come three remarkable women, each facing a crossroad in her life (this came from the back of the book)
It’s true all three women were at a crossroad in their life, but they were anything but remarkable, I won’t go ...more
I think I thoroughly enjoyed the elements of learning about Oman and Zanzibar. The characterization of the culture and people of there in the book was really well done.
I was not a fan of Rachel, one of the main characters. And honestly setting up the book like 3 main stories from 3 main women was sort of a waste. One of the other women was pretty shallow, as a character ...more
Although i finished this easily it was a bit of a non event. I felt the characters lacked depth and there didn't seem to be any real direction or goal involved. The magical and belief side could have been more detailed to give it more 'flavour' . Ariana's character was annoying and there was way too much detail of how she concentrated on herself when she first met Rachel. This almost put me off reading on as it offended me on a personal level as a female. I persevered as I ...more
She spent five years teaching at and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House.
She currently lives in Mexico.