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Sweet Dates in Basra: A Novel

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    The book cover says it all

    This is a very timely novel set in WWII Iraq in the southern city of Basra.It is a love story between an Iraqi country girl living in the marshes--a "Midaan," and a young Iraqi Jew. It focuses on the daily lives and friendships between neighbors of different relgious groups and people from different social castes. It is a fascinating, poetic, and romantic novel, with WW II as a background. It explains or describes life for the Marsh Arabs that I have never read about in a novel thus far. It explains in detail the strong social and religious barriers that people had to and have to endure in the name of Allah. It is not anti-Muslim at all, as it also portrays the beautiful parts of Islam such as hospitality to strangers, giving to the poor, and sacred rituals of everyday life. The book is very romantic and very poetic.I finished it in one day. I'm the type of guy who likes novels that take place in troubled historical times, like Dr. Zhivago, Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi, etc. a GREAT vacation book. You will thank me for reading it!

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