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Dreamers of the Day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Interesting and captivatingI

    I loved the mix of fiction with reality and the historical characters that made their appearance. It was interesting, captivating and a good read

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

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    Having begun her fiction career with two novels of science fiction, Mary Doria Russell now offers her second volume of historical fiction, Dreamers of the Day. The protagonist of our story, Agnes Shanklin, has lived through the Great War and the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, although her family did not. Finding herself an unmarried heiress at 38 and unable to continue teaching because 'There were so many demobilized soldiers needing work that we ladies were often summarily dismissed from employment,¿ she remakes herself (with the help of Bob Hope¿s future wife, Millie) and takes a long dreamed of trip to Egypt and the Holy Lands. There she finds herself frequently in the company of Winston Churchill, Gertrude Bell and the infamous T.E. Lawrence (not to mention a romantic liason with a German spy), all gathered for the Cairo Conference of 1921 at which decisions with far-reaching impact will be made regarding the post-World War I division of the Middle East. Taking her tale from the days of peace, progress and prosperity before the Great War through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, Agnes Shanklin remains a likable heroine you will want to stick with to the very end. Russell¿s usual strong characterizations, straight-forward writing and gift for telling a story are again strongly in evidence in Dreamers of the Day, a book I highly recommend.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Do Not Be Misled by the Paperback Cover Art or Title

    This was a very interesting book and the characters were engaging. I did find that it was heavy in politics which I had not expected. The title with the word "Dreamers" and the art work of a young woman and the pyramids did not lead me to believe it was a romance on the scale of the bodice rippers, but I did go into this thinking it was an adventure type of novel. The protagonist has a dry sense of humor, which I enjoyed. Just be warned that in with some travel and relationships is a lot of geopolitical coverage.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Dreamers of the Day

    Historically a very interesting book - and a clever easy-to-read history of a critical time in relatively recent middle eastern history. At times one wishes for a strong editor's hand, but just keep reading. It might be good as one way for young people (especially women) to learn history in a pleasant way. Well worth sharing with a friend.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    Gives you a lot to talk about

    This is an easy to read historical novel. It describes life in the U.S. during the early 1900s plus it provides a birds-eye-view of an actual meeting in which the real people who redrew the map of the middle east after WWI heatedly debate their political motivations. In addition, there is a little makeover advice for the socially inhibited.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    Recommend!

    Love Mary Doria Russell's narrative style of writing. This books historical accuracy was very interesting combined with the compelling fiction story of an unlikely single woman traveling in a time when most women, let alone single women, did not travel long distances. Excellent and enjoyable read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Ending ruins whatever joy you found in the story...

    While reading this book was generally enjoyable, the ending makes it one of those books I just wouldn't recommend to anyone I know. Loved the dog. Hated the intrusion of current events.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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