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Two people, one city, different times; connected by a memoir. Can love exist in a city destined for decades of misery?

Adnan leads a weary existence as a bookshop owner in modern-day, war-torn Baghdad, where bombings, corruption and assault are everyday occurrences and the struggle to survive has suffocated the joy out of life for most. But when he begins to clean out his bookshop of forty years to leave his city in search of somewhere safer, he comes across the story of Ali, the Gardener of Baghdad, Adnan rediscovers through a memoir handwritten by the gardener decades ago that beauty, love and hope can still exist, even in the darkest corners of the world.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1913 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M91LJGW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Beautiful story full of hope

 on 28 January 2017
By Julie Ryan
I loved reading about the Baghdad of old as well as the developing romance between Ali the gardener and Mary, the daughter of the British Governor. The story is told through the eyes of Adnan, a bookseller ready to pack up his bookstore after the latest bombing when he comes across Ali’s memoir. This is a book that works on many levels; first and foremost it’s a romance but it’s also deeper than that embodying cultural differences, nostalgia but above all it’s the story of hope. The writer not only expresses hope that true love can ultimately triumph but also that good can come from evil and that we learn from the mistakes of the past. Although saddened by the picture of modern day Baghdad that is painted, I am heartened as well by the hope of the author that one day the warring factions will stop fighting and come together to rebuild the city. It may seem far-fetched at the moment but just like the path of true love, we have to believe in the future.

but the atmosphere it created was wonderful. The main characters were fully believable

 on 16 January 2015
By jeremy bennett
Beautifully-told story. Not the sort I would usually read, but the atmosphere it created was wonderful. The main characters were fully believable, and you could empathise with them and their dilemmas, and it had a lovely twist at the end. This was a gentle love story set in a period of violence and political instability. Perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay to this book is that I would like to visit Baghdad, despite what is happening there at present.

The Gardener of Baghdad

 on 9 May 2015
By Joo
Adnan, a bookshop owner in Baghdad finds an old book in his store and starts reading it. But once he’s started, he just can’t stop, as it’s the story of Ali – the Gardener of Baghdad who disappeared back in the 50s.

Simple and lovely story

 on 24 February 2017
By Rachel D
This is a beautifully written story of love between Ali and Mary , and Mary , an English general’s daughter. It is simply and sincerely told. Revolution and politics intervene and Ali is thought to have died in a fire. The characters are well drawn and believable. Different cultures, different lives but in this book , the twist at the end is satisfying. It could have been cloying and sentimental but it is brilliantly simple and touching.

Totally fascinating and, as well as building atmosphere, …

 on 6 December 2015
By Margaret Grant Author
Totally fascinating and, as well as building atmosphere, gives insight into the culture. There is a prophecy in the Baha’i faith that Baghdad will be called the ‘City Of peace’ in the future. Let us hope it is soon to come.

Intriguing

 on 11 May 2018
By AYG Northern Ireland
Wonderful and heartwarming tale that made me want to find out more about Iraq and it’s eventful past. A beautiful story.

Absorbing and poetic

 on 29 December 2016
By Pen Name
I loved this book. Having just read Forty rules of love by Elif Shafak my head was already open to the pace and poetry of the middle east. I woukd have liked it to have been longer as I read quickly, sadly. I’m still thinking of both these books and even bearing them in mind when meeting new people here on holiday in India. Beautiful story.

A glimpse of a forgotten Times

 on 14 June 2015
By Kate Chaston
A lovely endearing story of love conquers all in a forgotten time in Iraq. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Baghdad and can imagine there could have been such a person as Ali. An enjoyable read.

Five Stars

 on 28 February 2016
By rhona
Great, warm and uplifting book
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