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The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif
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Mar 27, 2008

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Recommended for: anyone who wants to learn some Arabic phrases

I bought this book in a bookshop in Covent Garden in London for an exorbitant fourteen pounds and I suspect that I was overcharged. It's beautiful (the cover itself, most of the writing, the story) and well conceived, but there was something lacking in the end. I appreciated the generational aspect of the story and the almost supernatural abilities of the characters, as well as the way the narrative was divided amongst letters, journals, and a general third person voice. I'm not sure what I felt it wasn't spectacular, but it just wasn't. So there.
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