Dreamers of the Day (2019)

Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell Dreamers of the Day 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 underst
  • Title: Dreamers of the Day
  • Author: Mary Doria Russell
  • ISBN: 9781400064717
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Hardcover
Dreamers of the Day 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 Dreamers of the Day And what is Miss Shanklin s 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 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, Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes, Agnes 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 As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation building, she is drawn and deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening With graceful and effortless prose, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East through a story that brilliantly elucidates today s headlines Dreamers of the Day is a memorable and passionate novel.
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  1. Terri

    Dreamers of the Day is a historical novel set mostly in Egypt during the Cairo Peace Conference of 1921 Agnes Shanklin is a forty year old, unmarried, Ohio schoolteacher who has lived through the Great War WWI and the Great Influenza of 1919 Having lost her family and inherited a great fortune, Agnes determines to take a trip to Egypt and the Holy Land She arrives in Cairo with only her long haired dachshund as company Very soon after arriving, Agnes meets and falls into the company of T.E Lawre [...]

  2. Shannon

    What a disappointment Both The Sparrow and A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell are wonderful, heartrending books that have fully developed, believable characters Both deal with serious issues of belief and faith Both left me thinking.This book, however, was sorely disappointing The narrator wasn t terribly interesting and I felt at times like I was reading a history book which is not a good sign since I do NOT enjoy non fiction I did learn a lot about how the events following WWI have shaped [...]

  3. Christi

    I m in the middle of this novel about a young woman who has lost her entire family to WWI and the Great Influenza She travels to Eygpt, where she meets Lawrence of Arabia and the gentleman German spy who follows him So far, it s been a little quote heavy, but I like Agnes, and her struggle to become an independent woman, free from the binds that still tie her to the tyranny of her late mother, is interesting.I have to say that this book, by one of my favorite authors see review of The Sparrow , [...]

  4. Laura

    I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did It was a cheap impulse buy I picked up while browsing in a used bookstore, and when I did finally look it up on nothing wowed me I m also a little wary about historical fiction books which boast characters based on real people, so if not for the setting post World War I Egypt I would probably have never picked it up But it was actually really engaging and a lot of fun to read, and even when it got weird the whole Nile legend odd n [...]

  5. Janet

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book I loved The Sparrow and Children of God but could not get even halfway through Thread of Grace I read this book on a single long, snowy evening and enjoyed it throughout.The narrator is an engaging character, and I liked the way that Russell wove her story with that of the conference Her decision to make the narrator aware that she is speaking with people in the current time makes it possible for her to highlight differences between her time and ours, as w [...]

  6. Jim

    Set in the 1920s at the end of the first World War, this book follows the surprising adventures of its heroine on her trip to visit Egypt There she encounters various movers and shakers, such as Winston Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia, in the midst of forming the history and geography of the modern middle east.While dealing with those times, this book has great relevance to our own times, as we face today s issues and the legacy of those decisions that were made so many decades ago What makes t [...]

  7. Ann

    Great read Especially since I had just finished reading Lawrence in Arabia , a current well researched documentary of that period in the Middle East This book read like a comfortable entertaining tale of a young English woman in the early 1900 s her sometimes implausible adventures led her to Egypt and personal interactions with T.E Lawrence, Winston Churchill, and Gertrude Bell Brought my historical facts to real life and fleshed out missing pieces of the real life characters listed above The s [...]

  8. Ron Charles

    Mary Doria Russell began her writing career with two well received science fiction novels, The Sparrow and Children of God, both about people making contact with extraterrestrials Lately, though, she s turned to 20th century history for examples of first encounters fraught with unintended consequences an acknowledgment, perhaps, that plenty of otherworldly events take place right here on earth The Thread of Grace was an enthralling novel about Jewish refugees fighting to survive in Northern Ital [...]

  9. Gerard

    In Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell gives us the story of Agnes Shanklin, observer and unlikely participant in the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference which saw the modern Middle East take shape If it is possible to pinpoint a moment in time from which to explain the conflicts now raging in the Middle East, it is this one And if ever you need evidence that Russell is a master story teller, consider this the narrative traces the threads of conflict in the region today to decisions made at the 1921 [...]

  10. Eva

    Russell has the makings of a bestseller exotic location, a nosey spinster, glamorous historical figures, a dog, and a spy I like the fresh way she depicts well known personages through her schoolteacher s eyes But she blows it by turning the spy thriller into a romance, and then blows the romance by making it a disappointing affair with a married German Jew who uses her to learn state secrets about how the great world powers of the day will divvy up the Middle East The story bleeds lost opportun [...]

  11. Brittany

    This is a wonderful novel, though I m going to have a hard time evaluating it rationally, which I will explain in a moment It is the story of a 40 year old schoolteacher who never married and has just lost all of her family to the great influenza The novel follows her as she travels to Egypt during the Cairo Peace Conferences and meets some of the most famous people of her day, including Winston Churchill, T.E Lawrence of Arabia , and Lady Bell Gertrude She blossoms and finds her own independenc [...]

  12. Kat

    That was terrible Heavy handed, unsubtle, poorly characterized, with one of those creepy submissive relationships ubiquitous throughout Historical Fiction With Female Protagonist The ending was insufferably schmaltzy she s writing this from the afterlife and the last chapter s moral was just a little bit too pat and also had very little to do with the actual events and themes in the rest of the book.There was even a make over scene in this novel Jesus Christ A makeover scene.What was the point o [...]

  13. Linda Robinson

    A warm and charming travelogue of a close to 40 woman from Ohio who books a trip to Egypt The timing of this solo adventure undertaken by Agnes Shanklin and her dachshund Rosie is the volatile ground the novel sets its stage After WWI, and Wilson s failed attempt to make a lasting peace, and the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the Cairo conference of 1921 where the European powers divided the Middle East into the most convenient mishmash for their agenda a shuffling of the board that resonates to t [...]

  14. Valerie

    I am a huge fan of Mary Doria Russell, and her themes of the intersections of disparate groups of people This novel is timely as it refers to a historical period when change could have gone many directions in the Middle East, and the ramifications of that time in history She says her next book is about the Old West Another thing I love about her is that everything is unique, no ruts here I would have given this five stars but I was a little mystified by the ending, which seemed a bit rushed.

  15. Wealhtheow

    I live in hope of the day MDR writes sf again Till that time, I shall seek solace in the pages of her excellent historical fiction.

  16. Ron

    To be enjoyed, life must be shared Historical fiction at its best opens a past as can only be done by fiction while connecting to the reader s present in ways that are both entertaining and informative Neatly melds modern opinion with history Compare this with James Michener s Caravans, telling in 1963 how the world was going to lose Afghanistan America, I recalled, were notorious colonial troublemakers As the Arabs promise to be, Lawrence said quietly.All of the narrowness and prejudices one wo [...]

  17. MK

    So good Makes me want to watch David Lean s Lawrence of Arabia , which I was forced to watch en masse in a huge auditorium with my whole grade, back in junior high, and I thought was a total bore, and remember almost nothing of, save a dramatic desert scene, and the much recent Queen of the Desert , with Nicole Kidman, which got not so great reviews, but I d like to see the story of Gertrude Bell, now.Except, David Lean was kind of a jerk, wasn t hephBut I bet I d appreciate Col Lawrence s stor [...]

  18. Nancy Oakes

    The title is taken from a quotation by T.E Lawrence remembered today as Lawrence of Arabia , which states All men dream, but not equally Those who dream by night wake in the day to find that it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible One reason I really enjoy Mary Doria Russell s writing is that it tends to sneak up on you meaning that the you think about it, the you realize exactly what she s trying to tell yo [...]

  19. Kim

    This is the story of Agnes Shanklin, a middle aged woman from Ohio who has been under the thumb of her mother her entire life Then, in 1919, the influenza epidemic takes the lives of her entire family and she suddenly finds herself the heiress of a sizable chunk of change and free from any obligations She decides to take a trip to Egypt, and in 1921 finds herself mixed up in the periphery of the Cairo Peace Convention.Mary Doria Russell, the author of one of my favorite novels, The Sparrow, is a [...]

  20. Genia Lukin

    It saddens me beyond measure to give a Russell book two stars.It saddens me, because normally, Russell is an author of superb ability and almost sublime quality, whose books I can read, reread, reread again, and then randomly reread till they re quite worn out She is that author which I shove copies of into the hands of friends, acquaintances, random classmates, teachers, people in line in the store What have you Display the remotest shred of interest in borrowing a book from me and, chances are [...]

  21. Jessi

    I had put off reading this book because reviews generally said that it is not as good as her other books I should have known better Russell s worst writing blows most other writers out of the water and I m not even sure that I agree that it is her least enjoyable book This story is a bit meandering than her other novels, which might throw readers off However, two things made it well worth my while to read 1 The history in this book covers events that I knew very little about the 1921 Cairo Peac [...]

  22. Beka

    So far, this is my least favorite of Mary Doria Russell s books, which is to say that I liked it, but it s no Jesuits in space One of Russell s unique strengths, particularly in sci fi fantasy, is how deeply she is able to develop her characters without sacrificing the progression of the plot, and this book may be her triumph in that regard, if for no other reason than that the main character narrator, Agnes Shanklin, is so fully realized that everything else pales in comparison At some points, [...]

  23. Kristy Miller

    Miss Agnes Shanklin never thought she would have an adventure The oldest, and plainest of three children, she expected to teach school and take care of her judgmental mother for the rest of her life World War I and the Great Influenza Pandemic change the course of her life, and she finds herself in Egypt in 1921 Agnes finds herself dining, drinking, and seeing the sights with Winston Churchill, Gertrude bell, and T.E Laurence also known as Laurence of Arabia She also strikes up a friendship with [...]

  24. Michael

    A fun historical fiction excursion into the life of a Cleveland spinster, Agnes Shanklin, who gets to hobnob with T.E Lawrence and Churchill at a post World War 1 summit in Cairo The premise is that the 40 year old schoolteacher, after loss of much of her family to the influenza epidemic, chooses to use her inheritance to visit the Mideast, where her beloved sister had gone for missionary work Her entre into the circle of negotiators carving up the region into precarious protectorates is due to [...]

  25. Christine

    This was the second time reading this novel It was a selection for my library book club It was just as good the second time so it will stay on my favorites list I just love Russell s writing She has a knack for putting you in a time and place that is not your own One thing I noticed toward the end of the book were some recommendations from the main character 1 read to children, 2 vote and 3 never buy anything from a man who s selling fear p 249 HmmmI think that is very good advance these days

  26. Melissa

    A dazzling book about a 40 yr old spinster from Ohio, who loses her entire family to the influenza epidemic of 1918 After her tragic loss she travels to Egypt and beyond and rubs shoulders with the world leaders of the day T E Lawerence, Gertrude Bell, Wintson Churchill A mini history course on how those decision makers affected the future of the middle east and our current predicament I loved it.

  27. Ray Zimmerman

    Dreamers of the DayMary Dora RusselReviewed by Ray ZimmermanShe survived the great influenza epidemic that killed people than World War One, only to discover that her entire family had died She alone remained to settle the estates of several deceased relatives From this inauspicious beginning came the life changing adventure of the book s heroine, Agnes Shanklin Suddenly independent of her life as a school teacher, she bought new clothes which her mother would have regarded as frivolous, perhap [...]

  28. Stephanie Curran

    Mary Doria Russell is a prophet This book was beautifully written in 2008, and she offers such sage advice in the last chapter that it could have been written yesterday Never buy anything from a man who is selling fear She is one of the most gifted writers I have ever read Her imagery and insight will stick with me for a very long time.

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