Post-Christmas Reading

I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction.  I’m fascinated by the ability of  authors to take sparse and little-known facts about obscure people who lived decades, centuries or millennia ago, and weave wonderful, compelling stories around those tidbits of truth.  Kate Pullinger has done just that,  in her award-winning book, The Mistress of Nothing. It’s the story of a maid and her mistress who,  for the sake of the health of the mistress, travel to and take up residence in Luxor, Egypt.  The reader gets a rather tantalizing  glimpse of Egypt in the late 1800s, but the story really is an inward look, a social comment on the times.   Despite the sadness of the story, the end comes with a hopeful note, and the reader is left to imagine a brighter tomorrow.

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3 responses to “Post-Christmas Reading

  1. Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life December 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Sounds interesting…… was that in your Christmas parcel pile?

  2. Evelyn January 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    The Mistress of nothing, hmmm do you think I would like it ???

  3. Kathy Hillacre January 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hi, Mom, yes I think you would like it too. Brenda has the book right now. I’ll give it to you when she’s done. 🙂

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