The magician's wife
Set in the 1850s and based on an actual historical incident, The Magician's Wife is a rare glimpse at the beginnings of 100 years of French rule in Algeria and a bold exploration of one woman's desires and convictions. Summoned to the grand country estate of Napoleon III, the famed illusionist Henri Lambert and his wife, Emmeline, are drawn into an elaborate plot to further the French imperialist drive into North Africa and subdue the rebellious Arab tribes threatening jihad. A man of inordinate ambition, Lambert goes to desperate lengths to satisfy both his emperor and his own hunger for fame. Meanwhile, Emmeline succumbs to the desert's spell, undergoing a type of spiritual conversion, shedding her former notions of patriotism and property - along with her inhibitions - in the hot glare of the Arabian sun. From the splendor and intrigue of the French court to the majesty of the Sahara, The Magician's Wife is an exciting, exotic, and glamoursly seductive novel.
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|Grouping Title||magician s wife|
|Grouping Author||moore brian|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-11-29 01:19:30AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-12-08 03:08:02AM|
|display_description||Early in her marriage to renowned prestidigitator Henri Lambert, Emmeline had exulted in his fame, the foreign tours, and the command performances of his "Magical Evenings." Now, Henri's given it all up to pursue a quiet life in their remote country manor, but restless, devoted Emmeline longs to see her husband return to his former glory. It all changes again when, in service to their country, Henri and Emmeline are invited to spend seven days at Compiègne as guests of Napoléon III. The emperor wants Henri to work his magic on a charismatic Algerian marabout who's influencing his followers to overthrow the French in a holy war. For Henri, convincing a man of where his allegiance should lie will be the performance of a lifetime. But for Emmeline, ushered from the lavish royal courts to the barren Sahara, it will prove to be an illuminating journey that will challenge her views on God and faith, open her eyes to her husband's weaknesses, and expose the treachery of her own country.|
|owning_library_basalt||Basalt Regional Library|
|subject_facet||Algeria -- Fiction|
French -- Algeria -- Fiction
Magicians -- Fiction
Married women -- Fiction
Napoleon -- III, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1808-1873 -- Fiction
Napoleon -- III, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1808-1873. -- Fiction
|title_display||The magician's wife|
|title_full||MAGICIAN'S WIFE;A NOVEL [electronic resource] MOORE, BRIAN.|
The magician's wife / Brian Moore
|title_short||The magician's wife|