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Sweet Dates in Basra - A Novel-logo

Sweet Dates in Basra - A Novel

Jessica Jiji

Just when her family should be arranging her marriage, Kathmiya Mahmoud, a young Marsh Arab maiden, is sent from her home in Iraq's idyllic countryside to the unfamiliar city of Basra, where she must survive on her paltry earnings as a servant. Her only asset—her exquisite beauty—brings more peril than peace. Worse, her mother appears to be keeping a secret about her own mysterious past, one that could threaten Kathmiya's destiny forever. In this lost Iraq of the 1940s, a time of rich traditions and converging worlds, Kathmiya meets Shafiq, a Jewish boy whose brotherhood with his Muslim neighbor Omar proves that religion is no barrier to friendship. But in a world where loss of honor is punishable by death, the closeness that grows between Kathmiya and Shafiq becomes dangerous as a doomed love takes root. When British warplanes begin bombing Iraq and the country's long-simmering tensions explode, the power of an unbreakable boyhood bond and a transcendent love must overcome the deepening fractures of a collapsing society. Set during the tumultuous years surrounding the Second World War, Sweet Dates in Basra is the redemptive story of two very different cultures, and a powerful reminder that no walls can confine the human spirit.

Just when her family should be arranging her marriage, Kathmiya Mahmoud, a young Marsh Arab maiden, is sent from her home in Iraq's idyllic countryside to the unfamiliar city of Basra, where she must survive on her paltry earnings as a servant. Her only asset—her exquisite beauty—brings more peril than peace. Worse, her mother appears to be keeping a secret about her own mysterious past, one that could threaten Kathmiya's destiny forever. In this lost Iraq of the 1940s, a time of rich traditions and converging worlds, Kathmiya meets Shafiq, a Jewish boy whose brotherhood with his Muslim neighbor Omar proves that religion is no barrier to friendship. But in a world where loss of honor is punishable by death, the closeness that grows between Kathmiya and Shafiq becomes dangerous as a doomed love takes root. When British warplanes begin bombing Iraq and the country's long-simmering tensions explode, the power of an unbreakable boyhood bond and a transcendent love must overcome the deepening fractures of a collapsing society. Set during the tumultuous years surrounding the Second World War, Sweet Dates in Basra is the redemptive story of two very different cultures, and a powerful reminder that no walls can confine the human spirit.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Just when her family should be arranging her marriage, Kathmiya Mahmoud, a young Marsh Arab maiden, is sent from her home in Iraq's idyllic countryside to the unfamiliar city of Basra, where she must survive on her paltry earnings as a servant. Her only asset—her exquisite beauty—brings more peril than peace. Worse, her mother appears to be keeping a secret about her own mysterious past, one that could threaten Kathmiya's destiny forever. In this lost Iraq of the 1940s, a time of rich traditions and converging worlds, Kathmiya meets Shafiq, a Jewish boy whose brotherhood with his Muslim neighbor Omar proves that religion is no barrier to friendship. But in a world where loss of honor is punishable by death, the closeness that grows between Kathmiya and Shafiq becomes dangerous as a doomed love takes root. When British warplanes begin bombing Iraq and the country's long-simmering tensions explode, the power of an unbreakable boyhood bond and a transcendent love must overcome the deepening fractures of a collapsing society. Set during the tumultuous years surrounding the Second World War, Sweet Dates in Basra is the redemptive story of two very different cultures, and a powerful reminder that no walls can confine the human spirit.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adriana Sevahn Nichols

Length:

9h 28m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:21


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

11:39


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

09:13


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

08:19


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

08:09


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

19:49


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

11:20


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

15:23


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

13:43


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

06:14


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

08:09


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

10:02


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

17:45


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

08:44


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

07:11


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

09:39


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

10:31


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

04:43


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

02:39


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

07:29


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

10:30


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

11:42


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

09:25


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

07:03


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

05:57


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

04:55


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

08:23


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

08:26


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

08:46


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

15:55


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

15:51


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

09:18


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

10:08


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

27:52


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

06:18


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

24:19


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

03:06


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

28:56


Part 2, Chapter 38
Part 2, Chapter 38

13:57


Part 2, Chapter 39
Part 2, Chapter 39

10:35


Part 2, Chapter 40
Part 2, Chapter 40

03:59


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

10:20


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

14:22


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

17:55


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

17:46


Part 3, Chapter 45
Part 3, Chapter 45

12:01


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

11:30


Part 3, Chapter 47
Part 3, Chapter 47

14:55


Part 3, Chapter 48
Part 3, Chapter 48

17:16


Part 3, Chapter 49
Part 3, Chapter 49

15:02


Part 3, Chapter 50
Part 3, Chapter 50

00:41