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Nadia's Song by Soheir Khashoggi
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Nadia's Song (2000)

by Soheir Khashoggi

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good refresher @ Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt. Born a humble servant girl on a cotton plantation owned by a wealthy British family, Karima Ismail never imagined how far her dreams would take her---nor the heartache and passion in store. Although her doomed love for her employer's handsome son ends in tragedy, their brief romance leaves her with a beautiful daughter who is the joy of her life.
  christinejoseph | Dec 23, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book. Not the best ever but good and enjoyable. Story takes place mostly in Egypt. British influence. British boy falls for servant girl. Doomed love. Child out of wedlock being Nadia who gets lost as an infant during a fire . She is found by a Parisian couple who keep her and call her Gabriella. Gabby finds out the truth and finds her mother.
i enjoyed the British/Egyptian conflict in the story. The plot line was rather predictable. ( )
  Smits | Jun 6, 2010 |
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This book is dedicated to the memory of my dear nephew, Dodi al Fayed. From the day you were born, I loved you as a precious baby brother. And you, as a gentle caring adult, always treated me with love and kindness. Although you are gone, in my heart you will live forever.
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(Prologue)-- Alexandria, Egypt, 1983-- The keening of the women was deafening, painful, the high-pitched mourning ululation of the Middle East rising from a half-million throats. (Chapter 1)-- Alexandria, 1940-- Each spring when Cairo began to grow oppressively hot, King Farouk abandoned his two magnificent palaces there and retreated to the caressing sea breezes of Alexandria, where he also maintained two palaces.
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"You will have great sorrow in your life, and loss," the old woman foretold. "But you will also have great triumph and joy. And only Allah knows in what measure."

Alexandria, Egypt. Born a humble servant girl on a cotton plantation owned by a wealthy British family, Karima Ismail never imagined how far her dreams would take her---nor the heartache and passion in store. Although her doomed love for her employer's handsome son ends in tragedy, their brief romance leaves her with a beautiful daughter who is the joy of her life.

In time, Karima's heavenly voice brings her stardom as she becomes one of the most admired and successful singers of her generation, the world-famous "Nightingale" of Egypt. But all her success counts for nothing when, in one terrible night of flame and revolution, little Nadia suddenly disappears, leaving Karima bereft.

Given a new name and identity, Karima's lost daughter grows up thousands of miles away. It is only when an unexpected chain of events leads "Gaby" back to Egypt that she can begin to unravel the mystery of her past---and discover the happiness she longs for.

Set against five decades of turbulent Middle Eastern history, from World War II to the first Gulf War, Nadia's Song is a moving saga of mothers and daughters and the unbreakable bond between them.

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After a romance with her wealthy employer's son renders her a heartbroken single mother, servant girl Karima Ismail eventually achieves stardom as one of Egypt's most famous singers, but her life is shattered by her daughter's disappearance.

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