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The Wilder Shores of Love

Lesley Blanch

Editions

Cover Publisher ISBN Number Price Buy
pbk Abacus 1857990625 7.99 n/a
pbk Carroll & Graf 9780786710300 9.99

Review

Aimee Dubucq de Rivery, a convent girl captured by corsairs and sold into the Harem of the Grand Turk; Lady Ellenborough, a society beauty who fled London for Athens, and Athens for the tent of Sheikh Medjuel El Mezrab; Isabel Burton, whose explorer husband's love for the East became her passion; and Isabelle Eberhardt, transvestite and linguist, whose love affair with the East ended when she drowned in the desert at the age of twenty-seven...  This book is frowned upon by scholars because it is too entertaining and successful for academic tastes.  It is a romp, of course.  But it is also a good introduction to the West's romantic infatuation with the East. - review by John de Falbe

 

 

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