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The Resource The occasional virgin : a novel, Hanan al-Shaykh ; translated by Catherine Cobham

The occasional virgin : a novel, Hanan al-Shaykh ; translated by Catherine Cobham

Label
The occasional virgin : a novel
Title
The occasional virgin
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Hanan al-Shaykh ; translated by Catherine Cobham
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
From a major novelist of the Arab world comes a bold, witty and highly contemporary novel about two women looking for love, set in Italy, Lebanon and London. Huda and Yvonne are on holiday in the Italian Riviera, enjoying the sun and the sparkling Mediterranean - which feel like forbidden fruit, denied during their conservative childhoods in Lebanon. Even now in their thirties, with Huda a successful producer and Yvonne running her own advertising agency, the remembered injustices of adolescence - an innocent game harshly punished, a mother's relentless criticism - still sting. But a chance encounter with a handsome young man in London brings an unexpected opportunity for them to exorcise the past, with entirely surprising results. Painting a refreshingly truthful picture of modern womanhood, The Occasional Virgin perceptively explores sexuality, Islam and cultural identity - and the difficulty of finding a man who'll call when he says he will. Frank, funny and fearless, it is the colourful, wickedly entertaining story of two unforgettable characters, and the bizarre lengths we'll go to for love
Member of
Summary
Successful in their careers but unlucky in love, two Beirut friends, one Christian, one Muslim, share a sunny Italian Riviera vacation marked by their struggles between the worlds they were born into and the worlds they created for themselves
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10677106
Cataloging source
QRML
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shaykh, Ḥanān
Dewey number
892.736
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Cobham, Catherine
  • Shaykh, Ḥanān
  • Shaykh, Ḥanān
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • Female friendship
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Riviera (Italy)
  • Lebanon
  • London (England)
Target audience
adult
Label
The occasional virgin : a novel, Hanan al-Shaykh ; translated by Catherine Cobham
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Consists of the English translation of two adapted Arabic works previously published separately under the titles: Imra'atān ʻalā shāṭi' al-baḥr (2003), and, ʻAdhārá Lundunistān (2015)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063413162
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
221 pages
Isbn
9781408895696
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1042193132
Label
The occasional virgin : a novel, Hanan al-Shaykh ; translated by Catherine Cobham
Publication
Note
Consists of the English translation of two adapted Arabic works previously published separately under the titles: Imra'atān ʻalā shāṭi' al-baḥr (2003), and, ʻAdhārá Lundunistān (2015)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063413162
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
221 pages
Isbn
9781408895696
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1042193132

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