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The Garden of Allah
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.
Paperback, 492 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL)
(first published 1904)
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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
There's a classic movie based on this book staring Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper, which I've managed to persistently miss even though I'm a huge fan of both. So I looked everywhere for a synopsis of the movie and the book, and didn't find any that seemed very helpful; bought the book, and slogged through all 480 pages. Each sentence is well written and thoughtful, and the conceptual story is good, but after the first 75 pages, I gotta say, I found the book burdensome. The first 400 pages foll ...more
Aug 04, 2011 L. (My Woes, My Woes, They Continue To Grows) rated it did not like it
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.