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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. Memories are fragile when you are seventy years old. Nadia needs help.
Help getting out of her hospital bed. Help taking her pills. But she does need help finding her.
Alone and abandoned in a London hospital Memories are fragile when you are seventy years old. So with only cryptic postcards and her own jumbled memories to go on, Nadia must race against her own fading faculties and find her sister before she herself is forgotten. Get A Copy. Published April 29th by Agora Books first published April 1st More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about The Girls from Alexandriaplease up. Be the first to ask a question about The Girls from Alexandria. Lists with This Book.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of The Girls from Alexandria. I'd have thought she'd have needed them in Europe. There at the back was a well-loved teddy bear. So much for her claim of having got rid of all soft toys by the age of ten. The yellow ribbed cardigan next to it was actually mine.
A cigarette burn went through the right elbow. Well, that would explain why she had never returned it. I sniffed the cardigan and picked up a faint scent of Femme de Rochas which, in Mother's opinion, reeked of sharmouta. I Alexandria adult girls the cardigan to the drawer alongside a stack of monogrammed handkerchiefs and Mother's ubiquitous cotton bags for socks and tights. Inside the white painted bedside table, I found various nail varnishes, a Mary Quant lipstick, and a lipstick brush. In the drawer lay a few 45 rpm records.
Bobby Azzam's big hit would never be the same again now that Simone had gone. I sang 'Ya Mustafa' softly to myself, willing the tune to work its magic Alexandria adult girls bring her back. I expected a little, no, to be truthful, A LOT more emotion.
Although I found the history of Egypt, and particularly Alexandria, interesting, I sometimes wondered if the author were more interested in imparting that, than solving the mystery of where Simone had disappeared to. It ought to have been an interesting backdrop to the main story, but at times overwhelmed it. Although I have to admit that at times, as I was reading, I would exclaim, 'I remember that happening!
I liked the character of Nadia, but never connected with her, or really got to know her. I did, however, develop an interest in Alexandria and Googled it to find out more. If I ever get to travel to Egypt, I will certainly head there. The author's knowledge of and love for Alexandria shone through her writing, as did her medical knowledge. Reading through my review, it sounds as though I really didn't like this book at all. But I did.
A little. I would love to have liked it a whole lot more. She writes for The Sun newspaper and teaches medical students at Imperial College. Her non-fiction books include a of parenting titles and an award-winning medical textbook. She has two novels to her name. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodre. View all 6 comments. May 01, Joan Happel rated it really liked it. In contemporary London, Nadia is hospitalized and confused. Facing the prospect of a long-term care facility she must find her sister Simone who has been missing for 50 years to avoid the fate she is facing.
Confused about the past and not sure how to begin her search, Nadia plunges in and begins to find out some truths about her past as well as the present. Alternating between the present and the past of 20th Century Alexandria, this beautifully written novel, is an unusual coming of age story.
A fascinating look into life in Alexandria and a different culture, written with beautiful Alexandria adult girls. Cooper handles difficult subjects with care and sensitivity. Mar 08, Sarah rated it really liked it. I found this historic-fiction-come-mystery an interesting read. However, unlike a convention I found this historic-fiction-come-mystery an interesting read. I really could feel a part of this culture and way of living back in the s, s. The authorial note reveals that Cooper grew up in this area and, from the depth of writing, it is clear that she has pulled on her own experiences to craft this tale.
That being said, I also thought the scenes in present day, in the hospital with Nadia, where equally profound and I felt helpless and vulnerable like Nadia herself. All in all, I think this reflects the great characterisation that Cooper creates in Nadia and how we, as a reader, truly get to know her through her recollections of the past. I really liked considering the importance of the title. In my opinion, I think this title does not just refer to Nadia and Simone, the two sisters that are central to the story, but also the other women featuring in the story.
There are many of them and each belong to a different generation and way of behaving. The restrictions that women faced in Egyptian culture were obvious and both sisters show that they are suffocated by these limitations. The role of women in a patriarchal society does evolve over the novel but at the same time remains quite stagnant.
Males are Alexandria adult girls a position of power and intelligence, such as the characters in the hospital scenes, and can also choose to provide freedom for the women. At the same time, Cooper exposes those who abuse their power, adding to more sombre scenes in the novel.
The descriptions of Nadia in the hospital are truly heart-breaking as you really get a grasp of her confusion. She has difficulty understanding what the doctors are expecting from her Alexandria adult girls is frustrated that no one appears to believe in her claims she has a missing sister. It is only when Nadia receives sympathy from a nurse does her circumstances change and I was really rooting for Nadia to find the answers she so desperately was seeking.
It was empowering to witness Nadia try and make sense of the postcards, her own medical condition, and even searching the internet for any trace of her sister. It provided the novel with optimism and hope. I liked how different this read felt from recent books. I was desperate for Nadia to make connections before the story concluded and I think Cooper ends the narrative in a way that reflects the growth over the novel. With Nadia, we are taking on a journey beyond her hospital bed, showing how the city of Alexandria, and its habitants, have changed over the decades.
With thanks to Agora books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Jan 27, Zoe M rated it it was amazing. The story moves between different times. Now, Nadia is in an hospital in England. She's recovering from a seizure and with a bad memory and with no obvious family to care for her the hospital is making arrangements for her to go into a care home.
She might be forgetting things but she clearly remembered her sister. Then, is in Egypt, with her parents, extended family and her sister Simone. That is until Simone disappeared. This is a fascinating book about life in Alexandria from the 's and th The story moves between different times.
This is a fascinating book about life in Alexandria from the 's and the people in Nadia's life. The younger Nadia living her life as it was, the older Nadia desperately trying to hang on to her memories. I liked how it moved from different timelines, watching her from a young child to coming of age. The impact on her when her sister just vanished. It turns into quite the turner as the mystery is unravelled.
Very moving and heartfelt. Mar 30, Anne rated it really liked it. I don't think I've ever read a novel set in Egypt before, I'm not sure how that happened! What an absolute treat this novel is! I'm a huge fan of a dual time-line and the author manages this structure quite perfectly throughout the story. The story opens in the 'now' as we meet elderly Nadia as she lies in her hospital bed.
Nadia is concerned about the pain in her head. She believes that she's had a b I don't think I've ever read a novel set in Egypt before, I'm not sure how that happened! She believes that she's had a brain biopsy, but is finding it very difficult to get any answers from the clinical staff. The nurses are busy, seemingly uncaring and not interested, the doctors are aloof, and talk over her. Only nurse Deidre seems to have an ounce of compassion for Nadia's plight, and only Deirdre believes her when she speaks about her sister Simone.Alexandria adult girls
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