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Dreamers of the Day - A Novel

Mary Doria Russell

"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 Mary Doria Russell's compelling new novel, 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 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 still reeling from the tragedies of the Great War and the influenza epidemic, Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes, Agnes, with her plainspoken American opinions-and a small, noisy dachshund named Rosie-enters into the company of the historic luminaries who will, in the space of a few days at a hotel in Cairo, invent the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. Neither a pawn nor a participant at the conference, Agnes is ostensibly insignificant, and that makes her a welcome sounding board for Churchill, Lawrence, and Bell. It also makes her unexpectedly attractive to the charismatic German spy Karl Weilbacher. As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation-building, she is drawn more and more deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening. With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today's headlines. As enlightening as it is entertaining, Dreamers of the Day is a memorable, passionate, gorgeously written novel. From the Hardcover edition.

"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 Mary Doria Russell's compelling new novel, 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 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 still reeling from the tragedies of the Great War and the influenza epidemic, Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes, Agnes, with her plainspoken American opinions-and a small, noisy dachshund named Rosie-enters into the company of the historic luminaries who will, in the space of a few days at a hotel in Cairo, invent the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. Neither a pawn nor a participant at the conference, Agnes is ostensibly insignificant, and that makes her a welcome sounding board for Churchill, Lawrence, and Bell. It also makes her unexpectedly attractive to the charismatic German spy Karl Weilbacher. As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation-building, she is drawn more and more deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening. With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today's headlines. As enlightening as it is entertaining, Dreamers of the Day is a memorable, passionate, gorgeously written novel. From the Hardcover edition.
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"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 Mary Doria Russell's compelling new novel, 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 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 still reeling from the tragedies of the Great War and the influenza epidemic, Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes, Agnes, with her plainspoken American opinions-and a small, noisy dachshund named Rosie-enters into the company of the historic luminaries who will, in the space of a few days at a hotel in Cairo, invent the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. Neither a pawn nor a participant at the conference, Agnes is ostensibly insignificant, and that makes her a welcome sounding board for Churchill, Lawrence, and Bell. It also makes her unexpectedly attractive to the charismatic German spy Karl Weilbacher. As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation-building, she is drawn more and more deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening. With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today's headlines. As enlightening as it is entertaining, Dreamers of the Day is a memorable, passionate, gorgeously written novel. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ann Marie Lee

Length:

6h 31m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:19


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:30


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:38


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:02


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:19


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:41


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:58


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:39


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:33


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:20


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:14


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:51


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:05


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:06


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:26


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:49


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:18


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:35


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

00:33