It's the 1940's, and the desert sun is setting on Cairo. Layla, a beautiful young girl forced into prostitution at age 12 by her mother, dreams of freedom in Europe. However, with no money and fewer options, Layla dives into a treacherous world few ever escape. Little does she know that she will not only survive the life of a call girl, but also rise to become mistress to the most powerful man in Egypt -- King Farouk.
Cairo Unzipped tracks Layla's meteoric rise during the most fascinating period in Egyptian history. Due to the turmoil in Europe, Egypt became a melting pot of Europeans from nations, being put to the fire, by the Nazis. European influences flourished, modernizing the country but causing dangerous cultural friction. The handsome, young King Farouk fit the times of Egypt perfectly, just as Gandhi fit the times of India, but the clock was ticking on this golden age in Egypt, and revolution was afoot. After being overthrown and exiled in 1952, King Farouk dropped dead in Italy at age 45 -- an event shrouded in mystery. This story unveils that mystery and takes you on a journey of historical proportions.
|Publisher:||HIS Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.72(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow, what a great story! This book is rich with brilliantly presented details from deep and extensive research about the life in Egypt in the late 40's early 50's. I did not have any idea that life there was so modern; in many ways more modern than the United States it seems. I enjoyed reading about Layla but most importantly loved learning and following the history of the piramids, lifestyle in Egypt, the King and the Labirynth. It's romatic and historical all in one! This book kept me enthralled and entertained the entire time. Would recommend this for sure.
A captivating saga of romance and intrigue. Enjoyed this historical account, not so much for the romance but for the mystery involved as to whether they would actually be able to recover the ancient manuscript stored beneath the pyramid. The murder of a best friend gives authenticity to the story and adds danger to the plot. Kudos- Lucy
I was so fascinated with the story of Egypt and Layla I couldn't put it down. I had no idea how Egypt was in that era, It's so interesting and the characters are lovable and complex. I got to love Layla by the end of the story. I would definitely recommend this book... I already have people asking to borrow it!