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The English Harem (2001)

by Anthony McCarten

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Rather wierd, but enjoyable. Somehow the various twists make the whole thing more believable.

WARNING: SPOILER

I wish the stone mason had been caught. Leaving that thread open bothers me. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Nov 16, 2012 |
Anthony McCarten has a very insightful, gentle, writing style which is very easy to read. The characters were beautifully drawn. It is one of those books that makes you feel sad at the end because you feel that you have lost people you know. The story deals with subjects such as multiculturalism and predjudice in a sensitive, amusing and entertaining way . An all round great read. ( )
  pompeyjack2 | Aug 23, 2009 |
Original title "the English Harem" - culture clash between the English and the former Persia in the form of an impossible love story between a very young English girl of the lower working class and an elderly Persian of the higher monetary class, owner of a restaurant and two rather platonic wives: satiric, wise, funny, poetic, tragic. Although I regret once more that our library has no English Books I did like the German version. Astounding the insight of the young author. ( )
  bookswamp | May 24, 2009 |
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To cope with the tedium of her work, Tracy often let the beat of the scanner lull her into daydreams.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0330488546, Paperback)

A hilarious and provocative story of love, menus and Islam To spice up the tedium of her work on a supermarket checkout, 20-year-old Tracy Pringle lets her imagination run riot. As she hands the change to Princess Leia or Omar Shariff, her life seems quite exotic. But far greater excitement is in store. Sacked for her compulsive daydreaming, she finds a new job as a waitress at the Taste of Persia - despite the reservations of the restaurant's proprietor, Samaan 'Sam' Sahar. This new world surpasses even Tracy's well-stocked imagination, and she soon finds herself falling headlong into dinner plates, Islam, and a rather tricky domestic arrangement. But as word of this English harem spreads, so too does prejudice and fear.

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To spice up the boredom of working on a supermarket checkout and living in a crumbling tower block, Tracy imagines her dreary customers are the great and famous. She's not surprised when she's sacked, but what she isn't prepared for is her new job as a waitress at the Taste of Persia. Stepping into this world, she surpasses even her own imagination, falling under the spell of an unlikely suitor, Saaman Sahar, who has two wives already.… (more)

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