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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

One person found this helpful.
 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.

A delightful tale

5 people found this helpful.
 on 3 August 2014
By Ignite
The story opens with Adnan, a book a shop owner in Baghdad, wondering if he should sell up in the light of recent bombings. While clearing up his stock he finds a manuscript and a locket inside the covers of an old book. He reads the story of Ali, the Gardener of Baghdad. It’s a charming tale, simply told. Ali falls in love with an English girl, daughter of a general, and she with him. It’s a love which seems impossible. Ali is a delightful character and it’s easy to be on his side and to wish the best for him. Politics and jealousy intervene and Adnan is desperate to find out what happened to all the characters in the true story he has read.

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

7 people found this helpful.
 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

2 people found this helpful.
 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.

Beautifully written.

One person found this helpful.
 on 28 November 2015
By Rob Kemp
This is one of the most beautiful, joyous books about hope and love that I have ever read. These characters are amazing & the story keeps you gripped. One hopes for a peaceful Iraq for the future! A truly amazing history & civilisation.

A glimpse of a forgotten Times

2 people found this helpful.
 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.

Highly recommended

 on 11 October 2017
By MRS RULA AL-OBAIDI
Beautiful story, I really enjoyed it from the first line to the end, the Author described our country in the best way, when I read it I felt I was with them on that time and now I am going to start reading Baghdad the final gathering .

Superb

One person found this helpful.
 on 12 May 2015
By Gillian Thomas
A fantastic read,culturally, emotionally, personally. Love,war, family ties, tragedy.A most interesting book. It is a shame I have finished it.

A good tale

One person found this helpful.
 on 19 April 2015
By Amazon Customer
A delightful story of a troubled land. But always full of hope and love. I recommend it if you you want a gentle read.
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