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Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
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Nov 25, 2008

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bookshelves: historical, contemporary-american-fiction, middle-east, fiction, mobc
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A fictional account of a critical moment in modern history, just after WWI, when national boundaries were drawn by Westerners for the peoples of the Middle East. The famous and real - Winston Churchill, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell - interact with the fictional narrator and other lesser characters in a narrative that is part history, part travelogue, part romance...and at times interesting and charming, but just as often seems a bit shallow and not quite up to the task before it...that of capturing the huge historical significance of what is taking place in the social swirl of these self-important characters.

A good, light read, that has led me to pick up Georgina Howell's biography of Gertrude Bell.

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