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Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen
« on: May 30, 2014, 07:42:04 PM »
A young nurse from New Zealand goes backpacking around Europe and the Middle East in the 1970s. At Petra in Jordan, the Bedouins are making a little money by letting visitors sleep in their caves in the ruins of the ancient city. The writer met the love of her life there and settled with him in his cave; many years later she was persuaded to share the story of how it turned out. Since the Bedouins were eventually moved to conventional homes, the book is not only a personal memoir but a chronicle of a vanished way of life.

The author is not a professional writer and the book reads a little awkwardly at times. But her appreciation for the people shines through and she gives the reader a different perspective on a Muslim culture than we usually see these days.

And for those of us in cross-cultural marriages...well, Ms. van Geldermalsen makes it look easy!
“Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen.” G. Durrell


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