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The Tenth Gift

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Really different and riveting

I kept putting this book on the bottom of the pile because I didn't think that I would like it. The title just made me think of some other books that I think are very lightweight, but when I finally started to read it, I couldn't put it down. The connection between th...
I kept putting this book on the bottom of the pile because I didn't think that I would like it. The title just made me think of some other books that I think are very lightweight, but when I finally started to read it, I couldn't put it down. The connection between the past and the present is told in an original way here. I also loved the strong and unpredictable women characters. The best suprise was the undercurrent of Islamic culture and the impact on the characters. This was a very pleasant surprise-- I really enjoyed this book. I wish that it had a better title though!

posted by KY_reader on October 20, 2008

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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I really wanted to like this book. It has a great cover, a great premise, and even the writing is good. What I couldn't get beyond is the idea that this English girl is captured, sold into terrible slavery, and yet falls in love with her slaver. Are you kidding? The rea...
I really wanted to like this book. It has a great cover, a great premise, and even the writing is good. What I couldn't get beyond is the idea that this English girl is captured, sold into terrible slavery, and yet falls in love with her slaver. Are you kidding? The real English women of the 17th century who were sold into slavery in Morocco were abused: physically, mentally and every other way. This is, imo, an isn't-it-great-to-be-serving-another-culture book, especially when that culture is non-white. Can anyone imagine the roles reversed, and a Moroccan slave falls in love with her white slaver? Would that have even been published today? I would give this book one star, except it has a nice cover.

posted by Anonymous on May 6, 2008

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Interesting view of the world from a woman's point of view.

    This book begins by following the tale of woman embroiderer that is captured on the Barbary coast by pirates. Then you are transported to the world of Islam. Catherine must make a choice between her freedom as a Muslim woman or staying a Christian slave. In a post 9/11 world this story was intriguing and a good read for the open minded.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    From The Aussie Zombie

    The Tenth Gift was such a different premise to my current reading that I admit I found it difficult to get my head into a non-zombie, non-post-apocalyptic state of mind, and it has taken me nearly a month to complete. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I kept getting distracted by all the other books on my e-shelf.

    I read a lot of reviews of this book before I started reading this book (something I rarely do), and the overwhelming majority of readers either didn’t respect, or found it hard to connect with the main character, Julia, mainly due to her choices in life. Personally, I didn’t have that problem – sure, I didn’t agree with some of her life choices, but I could understand why she made some of those choices.

    The character of Cat is particularly engaging – the journal excerpts are written in 17th century English which can be hard to read, until you get used to it, and her fiery, independent character make her the ultimate heroine of this book. The dedication of Rob is sweet but does stretch the imagination a little.

    There is a focus on Moroccan and 17th century English history, and the history of embroidery and needlework in the middle-east and England, which adds an extra point of interest.

    I’m undecided on this one – there were some very interesting parts, and some that just felt like padding.

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