Married to a Bedouin [NOOK Book]

Overview

New Zealand born nurse Marguerite van Geldermalsen first visited the lost city Petra with her friend Elizabeth in 1978 on a sightseeing tour of the ancient world. Already looking forward to her beach holiday at the end of the trip, little did Maguerite know she was about to meet the man she would marry, the charismatic Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin craftsman of the Manajah tribe. A life with Mohammad meant moving into his ancient cave and learning to love the regular tasks of baking shrak bread on an open ...
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Married to a Bedouin

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Overview

New Zealand born nurse Marguerite van Geldermalsen first visited the lost city Petra with her friend Elizabeth in 1978 on a sightseeing tour of the ancient world. Already looking forward to her beach holiday at the end of the trip, little did Maguerite know she was about to meet the man she would marry, the charismatic Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin craftsman of the Manajah tribe. A life with Mohammad meant moving into his ancient cave and learning to love the regular tasks of baking shrak bread on an open fire and collecting water from the spring. But as Marguerite feels herself becoming part of the Bedouin community, she is thankful for the twist in fate that has led her to this contented life. Marguerite's light-hearted and guileless observations of the people she comes to love are as heart-warming as they are valuable, charting Bedouin traditions now lost to the modern world.
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In 1978, a New Zealand nurse on holiday met a handsome Bedouin, Mohammad Abdallah Othman, in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. Almost instantaneously, she chose to trade her free-spirited Western lifestyle for a Bedouin marriage, traditions and language she knew virtually nothing about, and a home in a cave with a breathtaking view. A romance novel? No-van Geldermalsen's autobiography. The author focuses on her transformation from an outgoing but unmotivated twentysomething New Zealander into a mature woman whose heart absorbs this often-mysterious culture. She lived in the Petra caves with her growing family until 1985, when Petra's inhabitants were resettled nearby (it became a UNESCO World Heritage site), at which point the author grows less interested in her story, adding only one chapter for her time since 1985. Her husband died in 2001. In the epilog, van Geldermalsen explains that "I have mostly remembered the good times, but that is how I like to look at life." Perhaps this should have been stated in a prolog, as her massive transition between cultures comes across as surprisingly smooth and sunny. Yet readers will enjoy van Geldermalsen's detailed and deeply human depictions of celebrations, motherhood, and more in Petra. Recommended for public libraries and for academic library browsing collections.
—Karen Sobel\

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748122738
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 226,287
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Marguerite van Geldermalsen was widowed in 2002. She now divides her time between Sydney, Australia, and Jordan.

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    The glory of ancient Nabatean Petra, Jordan remains in fantastic ancient ruins, multitudinous caves and breathtaking rock formations. Bedouins resided in the caves, worked the tourist trade, and roamed throughout the ancient city until resettled into modern houses nearby. To think a woman from New Zealand left the comforts of home to marry a Bedouin, lived in a cave without electricity or running water, and became part of Petra's community, is an amazing story. It is a lifestyle few Westerners could endure. Told with humor, insight, and love, the story is a window into a culture bound by the oldest of traditions of reliance on each other. It is a fascinating story!

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