Geraldine spent many years living in the middle east meeting with the important men of the day and many of their wives or widows as well as the everyday women in all walks of life. She goes back to the Qumran and compares what it says with the various practices in countries. She follows successful women who take the veil as well as other women trying to throw it off.
It has been updated and she discusses the trend toward conservative thought.
Very well written. You can see why each makes the decisions they make and then how that leads to the next problem. Both Carl and I really liked it and will listen to her other books.
Lawrence was an unlikely hero. This is an intriguing story that is hard to follow at times because it is back and forth between Cairo and various cities, towns, villages and middle of nowhere places. As the powers of England and France are trying to find a way to justify the carnage of WWI by claiming the new-found oil fields of the middle east, Lawrence becomes the unlikely advocate for the people of the region.
Something to read and ponder about the problems we are facing today in that region.
It was engaging enough with some humor tossed in to be an interesting listen, but I kept thinking they must never had heard of Candid Camera - creating chaos with an unexpected happening then filming the result.
My daughter was teaching this book in her high school class so I thought I should listen to it. Each of the daughters and the mother tells her story so you get very different perspectives of the same events. The author draws completely different characters and as they age, they develop in a manner that seems consistent with the character.
You gain an appreciation for the traditional culture of the Congo and how Europeans and Americans have manged to make so much more difficult for the people. Sometimes with good intentions, but frequently with malevolent ones. Or religious fever clocked in self-righteousness.
Well worth a listen.
This is a better than average police story. The author told the story from both the dog's and the cop's perspective and did an excellent job of going back and forth. Well structured plot and well worth the time to listen.
I had heard from several people that this was a really interesting book. It was. Not a page-turner, but a story of a very good man who is dragged into the presidency. Lister has discovered germs, but the American medical establishment refuses to believe in it so Garfield dies a slow, painful death. It's a story of a madman, a good man and a man who sees his chance for fame. I really enjoyed it.
It felt a bit contrived, but was a great book for traveling across country. No one is as capable as Elvis and his buddy, but then this type of novel doesn't require that anyone really be that smart.
An twisting and turning story that was great fun to follow. You really like the main character and want him to get justice.
It's an interesting tale, but I like books that are closer to reality. Well written and an excellent reader. I kept on listening as it had enough twists and turns to be interesting.
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