Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mini Review of THE TWELVE ROOMS OF THE NILE by Enid Shomer





Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Length: 464 pages
Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books
First Published: 2012




I've been reading a lot of historical fiction lately.  Here is another one.  I didn't think I was going to like this book very much, but actually enjoyed it quite a bit.  It's definitely not my type of historical fiction, but there's something endearing about it... maybe it's the way that it's written.  Here is what the book is about.

" A captivating debut that imagines a passionate friendship between Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert, when they were young and exploring the Nile in 1850.

Before she became the nineteenth-century’s heroine, before he had written a word of Madame Bovary, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert traveled up the Nile at the same time. In reality, they never met. But in award-winning author Enid Shomer’s The Twelve Rooms of the Nile, they ignite a friendship marked by intelligence, humor, and a ravishing tenderness that will alter both their destinies.
On the surface, Nightingale and Flaubert have little in common. She is a woman with radical ideas about society and God, naive in the ways of men. He is a notorious womanizer, involved with innumerable prostitutes. But both are at painful crossroads in their lives and burn with unfulfilled ambition. In Enid Shomer’s deft hands, the two unlikely soulmates come together to share their darkest torments and fervent hopes. Brimming with adventure and the sparkling sensibilities of the two travelers, this mesmerizing debut novel offers a luminous combination of gorgeous prose and wild imagination, all of it colored by the opulent tapestry of mid-nineteenth century Egypt.
" (GoodReads)

The most enthralling aspect of this book was the opposing characters of the novels.  She is a woman with "radical ideas about society and God, naive in many ways about men," and he is "a notorious womanizer, involved with innumerable prostitutes."  Yet, there is a pull towards each other. 

I also enjoyed, very much, the detailed descriptions and views of Egypt and the Nile.  I think that if you pick up this book you'll enjoy it, especially if you enjoy historical fiction.





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