The angel with one hundred wings : a tale from the Arabian Nights /

by Horch, Daniel.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2002Edition: 1st ed.Description: 260 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0312284187 :.Title notes: $23.95 3-2003Subject(s): Pharmacists -- Fiction | Alchemists -- Fiction | Mistresses -- Fiction | Princes -- Fiction | Baghdad (Iraq) -- Fiction | Historical fiction | Adventure fiction | Love stories
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The story opens in the City of Peace, as Baghdad was once called. It is a fabulously wealthy city, receiving tribute from an empire that stretches from modern day Afghanistan to Spain. Abulhassan Ibn Thaher is an old pharmacist and alchemist who is an intimate friend of the Sultan. When the young prince of Persia falls in love with Schemselnihar, the Sultan's beloved mistress, they beg Abulhassan to help them elope. Even though it could mean death for all of them, Abulhassan relents and agrees to help. As rumor and gossip spread, different factions at court try to use the impending scandal for their own ends, and the story climaxes with the lovers' flight into the desert. With engaging characters and rich imagery drawn from alchemy, the Koran, and the early Islamic mystics, The Angel with A Hundred Wings is a literary masterpiece that captures all the magic and romance of the Middle East once upon a time.<br>

$23.95 3-2003

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Drawing inspiration from The Arabian Nights, Horch has penned a luminous first novel. Set in Baghdad during the Caliphate of Harun al-Rashid, this is a tale of the forbidden love between Abulhassan, prince of Persia, and the Caliph's favorite concubine, Schemselnihar. The narrator, a pharmacist, alchemist, and friend of the Caliph, agrees to abet their elopement and fears for his execution. While the story is replete with adventure, betrayal, miraculous escapes, and all the other attributes of a hair-raising thriller, Horch truly excels at portraying ninth-century Baghdad. With exquisite detail and vibrant color, he brings to life the wealth and beauty of the city, the greatest metropolis of its age. The author also infuses the wisdom of the Qur'an, the texts of Islamic mystics, and the alchemical treatises of the day into the narrative. At a time when an understanding of the historical context of Islam is so important, Horch has crafted an exciting tale in a beautiful package, one that informs as it engages. Highly recommended for fiction collections.-Andrea Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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