The Gardener of Baghdad

The Gardener of Baghdad

by Ahmad Ardalan

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Overview

"Two people, one city, different times; connected by a memoir. Can love exist in a city destined for decades of misery?"



Adnan leads a weary existence as a bookshop owner in modern-day, war-torn Baghdad, where bombings, corruption and assault are everyday occurrences and the struggle to survive has suffocated the joy out of life for most. But when he begins to clean out his bookshop of forty years to leave his city in search of somewhere safer, he comes across the story of Ali, the Gardener of Baghdad, Adnan rediscovers through a memoir handwritten by the gardener decades ago that beauty, love and hope can still exist, even in the darkest corners of the world.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789948187103
Publisher: Ahmad Ardalan
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 264,108
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Epilogue

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The Gardener of Baghdad 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BettyMaddox More than 1 year ago
contrived and simplistic beyond belief. Iraqi landscape gardener and daughter of British general fall in love at sight, good characters are saints, bad ones evil. I only finished it because i had to read something on a plane flight.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Iraq, historical-places-events, historical-romance, memoir A beautiful tale of love, discrimination, obsession, and a city and country that have suffered much in the last fifty odd years. The bookseller in Baghdad lives in precarious times, and while unhappily examining a book he finds that its innards have been replaced by a locket and the personal journal of a man who identifies himself as the Gardener of Baghdad. This is the love story that is interrupted by discrimination and revolution. The obsession is that of the bookseller who is compelled to read it and try to find out what happened after its abrupt end over fifty years ago. Randal Schaffer gives a moving audio performance as narrator. I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM, and then discovered an ebook copy in my TBR pile from a year ago!
DubaiReader1 More than 1 year ago
Baghdad, city of romance. This book was an interesting balance between the violent Baghdad of today and the genteel place of luxury gardens that it once was. Current day Adnan struggles to run his bookshop amongst bombings, terror and intermittent electricity. His wife is desperate to leave the city, but Adnan is attached to the shop, which he inherited from his father. Although he has reluctantly agreed to leave, he is still nostalgically pottering around, when he comes across an old handwritten memoir hidden on shelves right at the back. It immediately grabs his attention and he spends several nights ensconced in the shop, reading by candlelight. The manuscript details the story of Ali, a young farmer who branches out into gardening and makes quite a name for himself in 50's Baghdad. Unfortunately he falls in love with a young lady whom he is prohibited from marrying. When the narrative of the sad love story comes to a sudden end, Adnan uses his contacts to try and find out what happened - and he takes us with him; we too are longing to know how the story ends. This book has a beautiful cover, which appealed to me immediately. There is some fairly floral language, but this is not inappropriate when reading a book set in the Middle East. The story is told in an interesting way, using Adnan's bookshop and later his contacts. It is also well read in the audiobook version, by Randal Schaffer. Ahmad Ardalan has other books set in Iraq and I am hoping that it won't be too long before these are also available as audiobooks.
DubaiReader1 More than 1 year ago
Baghdad, city of romance. This book was an interesting balance between the violent Baghdad of today and the genteel place of luxury gardens that it once was. Current day Adnan struggles to run his bookshop amongst bombings, terror and intermittent electricity. His wife is desperate to leave the city, but Adnan is attached to the shop, which he inherited from his father. Although he has reluctantly agreed to leave, he is still nostalgically pottering around, when he comes across an old handwritten memoir hidden on shelves right at the back. It immediately grabs his attention and he spends several nights ensconced in the shop, reading by candlelight. The manuscript details the story of Ali, a young farmer who branches out into gardening and makes quite a name for himself in 50's Baghdad. Unfortunately he falls in love with a young lady whom he is prohibited from marrying. When the narrative of the sad love story comes to a sudden end, Adnan uses his contacts to try and find out what happened - and he takes us with him; we too are longing to know how the story ends. This book has a beautiful cover, which appealed to me immediately. There is some fairly floral language, but this is not inappropriate when reading a book set in the Middle East. The story is told in an interesting way, using Adnan's bookshop and later his contacts. It is also well read in the audiobook version, by Randal Schaffer. Ahmad Ardalan has other books set in Iraq and I am hoping that it won't be too long before these are also available as audiobooks.