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    I don't know what happened to the old forums, but I'm glad to be here and I hope everyone else trickles in at a steady pace.

    Hmm...an off-topic topic...how about...

    Anyone read any good books lately? I just finished "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan. I'm about halfway through "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy. (For about the tenth time. :p )

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    Stragling for months with Albert's Hurani "History of Arab nations"
    Its a history book, full of dates, names etc and I hate hate history!!!
    But everything for oriental dance lol

    Maria Aya

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    i just finished Queen Noor's Autobiography - 'Leap of faith'.... It was a good read. D x

    ps. now I'm reading a bood called 'A Culture of Desert survival' (Bedouin Proverbs from the Sinai and Negev - by Clinton Bailey). The author gave the first printed copy to a Sheikh in Sinai who helped him with info on the proverbs, and as a gift, the sheikh gave it to me cos he couldn't read !! Its such a nice book - with a written explanation of each proverb.

    I like books by Naguib Mahfouz (winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature) - they're about the only 'novels' that I've really enjoyed. Try 'Midaq Alley' - my favourite......it's basically a rich account of a back street in a poor quarter of Cairo in 1947, about the life of a young girl who becomes a prostitute!!

    Also 'Palace Walk' by Naguib Mahfouz - the first part of a Trilogy, the story of a twentiety century Egypt, set in the old quarter of Cairo - a sweeping family saga crossing three generations.

    Demelza xxx

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    I love book discussions. Let's see, I just finished the sixth Harry Potter book (my brother saw me put it in my weekend bag when I was packing for a trip and said: why on earth are you taking a dictionary w/you?). Now I've started re-reading the first volume of Anaïs Nin's diary. One of these days I'm going to find that my to-read pile has grown as tall as me, as I have less and less time to catch up

    For those bellydancers who can read Spanish and are interested in Ancient Egyptian themes, there's an author and amateur Egyptologist you might like: his name's Terenci Moix and he wrote several books set in that period of history... check out and 'El Arpista Ciego', set right after Tutankhamon's ascent to the throne, and 'No Digas Que Fue Un Sueño', a recreation of the last days of Cleopatra's reign.

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    I have to slip in here with the highly unintellectual but always delightful Hercule Poirot's Casebook by Agatha Christie. I have been reading The Mists of Avalon and The Mabinogian and needed some nice soothing murder mysteries as a balance.

    Zurah, I have been reading Isabel Allende's Hija de Fortuna- well, more like painstakingly translating it one paragraph at a time to improve my Spanish. It is slow going, and if I hadn't already read it in English, I'd probably be lost. I translate a page, then check it against the English copy. I don't think the United Nations will be calling me any time soon for a job as a translator.

    Demelza, are you Cornish, or did you just collect the name for the Forum? I have always liked the name Demelza, though my husband rejected it as a name for our daughter.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    shanazel !

    I'm English. My mum happened to be watching Poldark (is that what it's called ? - ).....at the time of her pregnancy with me. It's funny - there were 4 'Demelza's in my class at school !!

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    Ah, the Poldark series. I saw part of it back in the seventies. One of my friends was a devotee and I occasionally went to her house to eat Oreo cookies and watch the show. Oreo cookies were an essential part of the evening's entertainment. As I recall, I basically wanted to slap all the characters on the show and tell them to get real, but that is really very hard for fictional characters to do...
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    ....Actually I've never even seen an episode !! - but there were 4 women in my area who named their babies after the woman in it

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    I am about halfway through Turkey: True Stories. Mostly a good read so far, but a few of the stories have been tough to get through.

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    LOL, Shanazel... I had a similar experience over a month ago: I decided to try reading my first book in German, a translation of G. G. Márquez 'One Hundred Years of Solitude', then gave up when exams came... I had hoped that the fact I'd read it about five times in Spanish would be of some help, but it was kind of discouraging to have to stop constantly to write down all the new words or look at the dictionary. I had to try, anyway... when I was taking English classes, I found that reading books I enjoyed was extremely helpful. Let us know how it goes with Spanish.

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