Regards from the Dead Princess: Novel of a Life

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The history of Mourad's book is as strange as the story she tells. It is the true story of her mother Selma, an Ottoman princess, granddaughter of the last Sultan of Turkey, of her childhood in Beirut, her arranged marriage to an India rajah, her death in Paris. Selma's family was exiled from Turkey in 1918; she died in occupied France in 1941. The author, born shortly before Selma's death, only learned the facts of her parentage at the age of 20. From the bare bones of a life and four years of research, Mourad has reconstructed the lifestyle of the Ottoman harem, the mores of wealthy Muslims in Turkey and India. Selma is pictured--but never quite brought to life--as a spoiled child who was a pawn of her elders, whose preparation for adulthood has not equipped her to cope with her yearning for freedom. A bestseller in France, this lengthy and imperfect novel, marred as it is by awkward writing and complicated, often unnecessary, details of family feuds, becomes hauntingly memorable--especially the last section, in which Selma, accompanied only by an aging eunuch, struggles to survive in occupied Paris. 75,000 copy first printing; $75,000 ad/promo. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Based on facts she could uncover concerning her late mother, Selma, the author has re-created the story of a Turkish princess and granddaughter of Murad V, the last ruler of the Ottoman Empire. The result, reminiscent of a gothic TV tale, portrays the coming of age of the beautiful, young, expatriated princess in Beirut and her subsequent arranged marriage to a handsome rajah in India whom she does not meet before her wedding night. Forced to live a secluded life as an unaccepted stranger in the rajah's palace, the pampered, rebellious princess gains her freedom by fleeing to Paris at the time of the Nazi Occupation. There she gives birth to a daughter. This novel won't win any awards for literary skill, but with its opulent Oriental imagery it allows us to glimpse a distant and romantic world swept by change in a turbulent era.-- Paula I. Nielson, Brigham Young Univ. Libs., Provo, Ut.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559700191
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1989
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 544

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    It's so passionate

    Ok I´m going to be honest, the truth is that it´s a slow book, and it takes patience to finish....BUT TRUST ME, THE ENDING IS SO WORTH IT!If your looking for a fast paced book this is not it , nevertheless it´s very good. I have read a lot of great books and I have never ever cried in one. Well this one did the trick, I cried like I´ve never even cried in a movie, I´m talking about actual audible sobs!! Besides being entertaining it really teaches you about life and how to appreciate the best of it. I recommend this book to anyone who is longing for a life altering moment. The only reason I gave it four stars is because it´s a bit slow and I am an impatient person, but the truth is that it´s a beautiful book!!

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