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REVIEW Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell ´ 0 FREE READ FREE READ Dreamers of the Day ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling even to me Nevertheless I am sure of this much My little story has become your history You won't really understand your times until you understand mine So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin the charmingly diffident narrator of Dreamers of the Day And what is Miss Shanklin's little story Nothing less than the creation of the modern Middle East at the 1921. Dreamers of the Day is a historical novel set mostly in Egypt during the Cairo Peace Conference of 1921 Agnes Shanklin is a forty year old unmarried Ohio schoolteacher who has lived through the Great War WWI and the Great Influenza of 1919 Having lost her family and inherited a great fortune Agnes determines to take a trip to Egypt and the Holy Land She arrives in Cairo with only her long haired dachshund as company Very soon after arriving Agnes meets and falls into the company of TE Lawrence Winston Churchill and Lady Gertrude Bell We know these luminaries of history for their roles inventing the modern Middle EastMs Russell sets her novel during this momentous time in history but the story does not so much focus on the historical facts as they do on the characters themselves We meet Lawrence Churchill and Lady Gertrude Bell in a way that gives insight into the personalities that drove the redrawing of Middle Eastern borders decisions that continue to affect relationships between people groups and world events to this dayThe character of Agnes is fictional and tells the story of a middle aged woman coming of age in a very romantic setting Imagine lush hotels with marble floors and columns potted palms and blue tiled pools of water Further imagine a trip by camel to visit the Great Pyramid and the mysterious Sphinx a journey into the desert that includes a full British tea under tents hastily erected by servants who serve the meal on fine bone china and silver It is in this bigger than life setting that Agnes interacts with the aforementioned historical characters It is also in this setting that she experiences her first love affair and comes to know her own mind and heart as a woman Agnes discovery that Karl her lover is a German spy adds an element of intrigue to the already full plate of historical coming of age and romantic aspects of the novelMs Russell shows great insight into human nature within the context of her characters and their relationships One such insight occurs during a painful yet illuminating conversation between Agnes and Karl a conversation about her mother and the nature and effects of tyranny Ms Russell does not neglect cultural and political commentary in her novel but I found these a bit jarring as they come from the mouth of a character enmeshed in a history still in the making It seemed a bit of 21st century hindsight was leaking into early 20th century cultural and political insight but this small bump in presentation did not affect my overall enjoyment of the bookDreamers of the Day will take you on a leisurely journey through an intriguing place and time in world events using both historical and fictional characters It is a well written and atmospheric book that I did not want to endAll men dream but not eually Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible from uiSeven Pillars of Wisdom by TE LawrenceAdvance Reader s Copy of Dreamers of the Day graciously provided by Random House through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program

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REVIEW Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell ´ 0 FREE READ FREE READ Dreamers of the Day ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Cairo Peace Conference where Winston Churchill T E Lawrence and Lady Gertrude Bell met to decide the fate of the Arab world and of our own A forty year old schoolteacher from Ohio Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes Agnes enters into the company of the historic luminaries who will in the space of a few days at a h. Mary Doria Russell began her writing career with two well received science fiction novels The Sparrow and Children of God both about people making contact with extraterrestrials Lately though she s turned to 20th century history for examples of first encounters fraught with unintended conseuences an acknowledgment perhaps that plenty of otherworldly events take place right here on earth The Thread of Grace was an enthralling novel about Jewish refugees fighting to survive in Northern Italy during World War II And now she s published Dreamersof the Day a deceptively uiet novel about an old maid schoolteacher in Ohio in the early 20th centuryEven before we realize that this endearing narrator is speaking to us from beyond the grave the tale she tells is oddly haunting and disturbingly relevant My little story has become your history Agnes begins You won t really understand your times until you understand mine Convincing evidence of that connection accumulates with every pageAgnes is the only member of her family to survive the Great Influenza of 1919 portrayed here with intimate sobering detail She had always imagined she would become the sort of maiden aunt who lived in a spare bedroom and helped in the raising of nieces and nephews but after the loss of her family she boldly decides to cast off her mousey personality buy a set of expensive clothes and book passage to Egypt with her ugly dachshund in tow I wanted to walk away from my own dull mediocrity she explains I wanted to escape anyone and everything that had ever told me No What follows is a stirring story of personal awakening set against the background of a crucial moment of modern historyAgnes turns out to be a surprisingly charming tour guide aware of her naivet and inexperience in the world she s full of gentle humor and colorful observations Initially she feels utterly lost in Cairo a perfectly nauseating blend of sewage and citrus burning tobacco and roasting meat unwashed bodies and jasmineBecause of her late sister s connections though she uickly falls in with the region s power brokers Young Winston Churchill is the blustering colonial minister representing a depleted British government eager to cement its access to Middle East oil Gertrude Bell one of the most formidable women of the 20th century is a scholar negotiating the borders of a new Ira And TE Lawrence is the dashing archaeologist and soldier who having participated in the Arab rebellion against the Turks is already passing into legend as Lawrence of Arabia They re all vividly sometimes comically brought to life here Bell is severe with Agnes but Lawrence with his ambiguous sexuality and his boyish giggle is gracious and kind Churchill always desperate for an audience welcomes the American into their social circle and gives her a front row seat to watch them finish some business left undone at Versailles creating the modern Middle EastThe challenge of a cast like this is balancing these real but larger than life characters with a fictional and decidedly modest narrator Humble little Agnes could easily fall into the position of merely witnessing these important people shaping the lives of millions But Russell rather daringly decides against that and in fact keeps the novel focused on Agnes even when historical exposition would have helped uick What tribes made up Trans Jordan Come to think of it where was Trans Jordan anyhowStill Dreamers of the Day is packed with illuminating glimpses of the origins of the current troubles in the Middle East Russell draws cringe inducing parallels between England s geopolitical meddling and our own In a moment of exasperation with Winston and his Forty Thieves Lawrence tells Agnes The British public were tricked into this adventure in Mesopotamia by a steady withholding of information They have no idea how bloody and inefficient the occupation has been or how many have been killed The whole business is a disgrace The novel s title comes from Lawrence s dark warning in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom 1926 about dangerous men who insist on forcing their private daydreams on other people Gertrude Bell however offers a optimistic prediction When we have made Mesopotamia a model state she claims there won t be an Arab in Syria or Palestine who won t want to be a part of it Mission accomplishedRussell packs this section of the novel with marvelous scenes riding by camel with Churchill watching Lawrence uell a riot in Gaza listening to Bell s bitter laughter as she explains Happy and contented people don t make history Agnes of course is not a maker of history but the story of her transformation into a happy and contented person remains as engaging as anything going on around her during this calamitous period She falls in love with a German spy and their courtship becomes a test of her determination to cast off her mother s withering influence to move beyond decades of defining myself by what I would not do what I did not want what I could not beIn this rewarding blend of personal and historical events Russell has produced a novel bound to please a broad range of readers From her vantage point in the afterlife Agnes claims that observing human history has turned out to be a terrible exercise in monotony but for those of us still on this side such tales as this make it fascinating

SUMMARY Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Mary Doria Russell

REVIEW Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell ´ 0 FREE READ FREE READ Dreamers of the Day ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Otel in Cairo invent the nations of Ira Syria Lebanon Israel and Jordan As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation building she is drawn and deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening With graceful and effortless prose Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long rich history of the Middle East through a story that brilliantly elucidates today's headlines Dreamers of the Day is a memorable and passionate novel. Set in the 1920s at the end of the first World War this book follows the surprising adventures of its heroine on her trip to visit Egypt There she encounters various movers and shakers such as Winston Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia in the midst of forming the history and geography of the modern middle eastWhile dealing with those times this book has great relevance to our own times as we face today s issues and the legacy of those decisions that were made so many decades ago What makes this book especially interesting is the author s point that those in power have some sort of eschatological visiona picture of how the world really should be from which they operate She poses the uestion without offering a definite answer about how we can know which visions are good and which are bad


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  • Hardcover
  • 253
  • Dreamers of the Day
  • Mary Doria Russell
  • English
  • 01 December 2019
  • 9781400064717