Married to a Bedouin
ISBN: 1844082202 Global Overview for this book
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“‘Where you staying?’ the Bedouin asked. ‘Why you not stay with me tonight—in my cave.’ He seemed enthusiastic. And we were looking for adventure." Thus begins the story of how Marguerite van Geldermalsen—a New Zealand-born nurse—became the wife of Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin souvenir-seller of the Manaja tribe, and lived with him and their children in a community of 100 families in the ancient caves of Petra in Jordan. Marguerite and a friend were traveling through the Middle East in 1978 when she met the charismatic Mohammad and decided that he was the man for her.
My Review read June 2015
Picked this book out specifically for the 666 for 2015 - An Around the World Reading Challenge . It's not typically what I would choose to read.
Having left my "home" behind for the man I love (admitedly Jordan is a bit different to Australia....and more recently Kiribati) Marguerite's story wasn't too difficult for me to comprehend.
Marguerite tells her story in a very easy to read way, and the insight she gives the reader to the Bedouin culture is something I'd imagine quite rare a find, and for that I thank her.
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Spent the weekend somewhere else and returned home last night. And there was was a book waiting for me! At least I thought it was a book. On the package, my address and everything were so beautifully written and, what is more, there were real stamps on it. Gorgeous stamps. I've usually given the stamps to my father . But he's in hospital now and we don't know if he's ever coming back home again. So, I'll have to see what to do with the stamps.
Luckily, the package was a bit ruptured, otherwise it would still be unopened. I'm happy to say the book wasn't damaged at all. Yes, the book... My wishlist book. One of those I thought I'd have to live without. The book that seems so, so very interesting.
Life hasn't been too easy lately but this RABCK of yours made it seem a lot sweeter. Thank you ever so much, J4shaw!
I also enjoyed this book. The text is both informative and easy to read. Marguerite van Geldermalsen draws a vivid picture of their everyday in Petra. I find short chapters truly pleasant, and she uses Arabic words in their context so that I didn't need the glossary even once. At the end of the day, I enjoyed the insight into Bedouin culture the most.
Needless to say, I liked this book very, very much. Thank you so much for sharing it with me, J4shaw!
Marguerite van Geldermalsen Biography at the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
The Bedouin From New Zealand at the Saudi Aramco World
Married to a Bedouin, Marguerite van Geldermalsen's website
”A rose-red city half as old as time at Jordan Tourism Board site
The Ancient City of Petra, Jordan at YouTube
Petra Lost City of Stone Full Discovery Ancient History Documentary 2016 at YouTube
Nojatuolimatka, travelling book (or something like that) reading challenge. Married to a Bedouin is not really a travelling book but it does give quite a lot info about Petra. As I said earlier, this book took me to the holiday trip I made with some dear friends in early 1988. We stayed in Aqaba but spent one day in Petra.
In the beginning of the book, there's Petra map. My trip started there. Seeing the words The Siq to Wadi Musa reminded of riding to Petra through the narrow gorge and, yes, being a bit afraid. (Admittedly, I'm not that used to horses. Nevertheless, I did prefer riding a horse to riding a camel. I was—and still am—even less used to camels.) In spite of my hear I said the horse, 'Yalla yalla!' Repeatedly. A workmate of mine had just returned from Golan where he had worked as a UN peacekeeper. He has kindly written me a list of useful Arabic words, so I knew Arabic enough to tell the horse to hurry up. He totally understood that I couldn't wait to get down and feel the ground beneath my feet again. They're wise, those Jordanian horses.
I was so relieved to the other side of the Siq. And there it was: beautiful, rosy Petra. First we went to the Treasury, it's closest to the Siq. What I remember best are the colour, the mountains, the caves and, of course, our Bedouin guide. He was so kind, like all Jordanian people we met. (Finnish travel agencies had just started to sell package tours to Jordania, and just a week or two prior to our visit King Hussein had made a speech in Jordanian television. In his speech, he mentioned the first Finnish tourists and asked his people to be especially nice to them. And they were.) Our guide left Toss and me while we were exploring the caves. When we were in Siq walking towards Wadi Musa, a truck drove by and then stopped. It was our guide offering us a ride back. So, we didn't have to walk trough the gorge. Once again, we were overwhelmed by Jordanian/Bedouin kindness.
Next thing I remember was how cold it was. (It had snowed earlier, as I said in my entry yeasterday.) We went to a restaurant and had some tasty hot soup. The next day, on the beach in Aqaba, we told a bartender about the snowfall. He was so exited he said he'd go to Petra next day hoping it would snow again. It would be the first time ever he'd see some real snow.
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One of the most interesting parts turned out to be the epilogue, where she describes the 'rest' of their life in less than 10 pages - seems that there were a lot of things happening that I would have liked to hear about, but she chose not to share (although she made it clear that she wanted to concentrate on good memories only, and also on talking about the disappeared Bedouin lifestyle, which of course she should!)
Next: released at the Bordeaux Convention, hopefully someone picks it up.
This was an interesting read, since I was at Petra less than a year ago so I could clearly picture the places that were mentioned - although I am sure they are very different now.
I will take this book to meet-up next week, but if no one wants it there, it will be going to the Australia/New Zealand Uncon in Hobart next month.
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