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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (August 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425191312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425191313
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,503,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annelies Ismail was born in 1942 in Berlin and has been married to an Egyptian since 1965. She worked more than forty years in the computer industry, eighteen of these with her husband in their own company. After living in Germany, the USA and France, the couple now lives in Alexandria, Egypt, since 2004.
Her first book "My Husband Is Egyptian" was written in German and published in 2008 under the titel "Mein Mann ist Ägypter".
Her encounters with other foreign women where the trigger for this book. Fifteen women told the very personal story of their lives. In the 1960s, some of these women followed their husbands 'blindly' into a foreign country, where they had to learn a new language and face the challenges of living in a foreign culture. Often they had to overcome economical difficulties, sometimes even survive intrigues. All of these families have prevailed and have found their own way.
The book is a collaboration with her daughter Mona Gabriel.

Mona Gabriel was born in 1968 in Endicott, N.Y., USA. As the daughter of an Egyptian father and a German mother (Annelies Ismail), she has experienced the advantages and the drawbacks of such a colorful family set-up. After studying advertising and marketing she first worked in international marketing at a publishing house. She has been a freelance copy editor and journalist since 1997. Today Mona Gabriel lives in Leipzig, Germany, together with her husband and their two children.




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I bought this book because my boyfriend is Egyptian and I am American. I know that there are very big cultural differences between us, so I wanted read about other relationships that were similar in nature to see how they made things work between them. Although each woman's story is different, they all had one thing in common...they all loved their Egyptian husbands. Albeit, not always easy, but they made it work through the ups and downs. I loved how committed they were to one another. I could not put the book down and I am looking forward to Annelies's next book! I hope it comes out soon!!!
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This book tells the life stories of 14 European women and one American who married Egyptian men and who now live at least part-time in Egypt. Not only are individual life stories fascinating, the detailed pictures of life in Europe and in Egypt from the immediate post-WW II period through the 60s and 70s give you a sense of the day-to-day experience of those years in a very personal way. I was enormously impressed by the resilience of these women, the flexibility and enterprise of their husbands, and also in most cases the warmth and openness of the families that welcomed them to Egypt.
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I grabbed this book because I am married to an Egyptian man and the title caught my eye. Unfortunately I couldn't even finish the book. It was so depressing. Every story was the same theme...women who used to have lives, hopes and dreams marrying and Egyptian and move to Egypt to have their worlds shrink in around them. Over and over the book seems to say...but they got used to it...oh I found it so horrible!!!!!!!!
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I chose this rating because it didn't give me the information which I expected.
It didn't go into the relationships of the couples. It was simply a list of what they did,
and the fact that
they kept going back forth between Germany and Egypt. The book was not very structured and
thus made it difficult to gain any real insight into the advantages and disadvantages of an intercultural marriage.
Altogether I found it rather boring.
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