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The Twelve Rooms of the Nile

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    Extraordinary debut novel with gorgeous writing

    I was swept away by this tale of the fictional meeting of Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert as they traveled through Egypt in 1850. He was the libertine who would go on to write Madame Bovary, and she was the virginal spinster who would later become famous as the woman who revolutionized nursing in the Crimean War. Shomer imagines that their paths crossed (apparently they really WERE in Egypt at the same time) and that these lonely geniuses were drawn together in a way that changed both of them and helped them develop into the historical figures we know today. The book is funny, sexy, and has beautiful imagery that really pulls you in to the Egypt of 1850, at a time when few Europeans dared travel there. Highly recommended!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    This book isn't just for the reader of historical fiction, it is

    This book isn't just for the reader of historical fiction, it is for anyone who loves good writing and beautiful places. The setting is great and imagined in great detail. Shomer did her homework. But the best part is the differneces s and the tension betweent the two main characters, Flaubert and Nightingale. They are so different from each other and so natural together in this imagined meeting. I was fasinated when they were together. A very good portrayal of where the relations between men and women were at that time (Mid 1800s). This is a good read. Thoughtful, intelligent and, at times funny and bawdy. Highly recommended!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Time Travel (Or the next best thing): The Twelve Rooms of the Ni

    Time Travel (Or the next best thing): The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
    Enid Shomer is a Poet who wrote her first Novel. I begin this way to convey how perfectly and eloquently each line in this beautiful book is crafted! She must have done such extensive research to seemingly effortlessly transport the reader back to 19th century Egypt, and to depict all the social idiosyncrasies of living in the late 1800’s! Thank you Ms. Shomer for rendering a look at such an interesting time period! And for giving me a glimpse at what life with these two gifted minds must have been like!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    Gorgeously written, fascinating story and backgrounds. Well wort

    Gorgeously written, fascinating story and backgrounds. Well worth reading even if a little too long.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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