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Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

de Samira Ahmed

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Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.   It's August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet--American, French, Indian, Muslim--is at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Lights.   Two hundred years before Khayyam's summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has "gifted" her with favored status in his harem. In the present day--and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas--Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron.   Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam's lives intertwine, and as one woman's long-forgotten life is uncovered, another's is transformed.… (mais)

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I love a good literary treasure hunt, especially when women of color get to tell their own stories. Samira Ahmed is a stunning novelist, and, after the third consecutive five-star book, has reached automatic-buy status. This novel brims with art history, joie de vivre, and the ache of a woman's long-forgotten history. I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time in Paris with Khayyam and Leila.

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  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Khayyam blows an art history scholarship award, but the consolation is spending time with her parents in Paris. When she ran into a boy in a local park, there were moments I wondered if I had picked up a paranormal story. But no, Alexandre is indeed real and the several great grandson of the famed Alexandre Dumas, The search is on for the raven haired woman, whose tale is told in alternating chapters. Leila crossed paths with Byron, Dumas and Delacroix and the book relates Khayyam and Alexandre's adventure for proof of her existence. ( )
  ethel55 | Oct 30, 2020 |
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know is a captivating story of two strong willed women, the first one is Khayyam, a French-Indian-Muslim American and a aspiring art historian and the second one is Leila, a 19th century woman, who was the favorite concubine of the king (Pasha) and whose path seems to mysteriously intersect with three great artists of all time- Byron, Delacroix and Alexandre Dumas.

The story unfolds in a very interesting manner, where the POV alternate between the two women. Leila's narration are comparatively shorter so as to maintain the mystery about her in the reader's mind until the reader uncovers the mystery along with Khayyam. Character building was really nice too. In fact, the introduction for Khayyam was just wonderful and so powerful as it goes like this:

Others look at me and try to shove me into their own narrative to define who and what I am. But I’m not a blank page that everyone else gets to write on.

I have my own voice.

I have my own story.

I have my own name. It’s Khayyam.

What made me give this book 3.5/5 was the fact that I am not a fan of love triangles (my fault) and I felt that there is just too much boy-drama (love-drama to be precise). Also, to be honest some parts felt a bit boring and some parts felt really sophisticated that it took a while to understand.

But still, I totally recommend this book. It is completely relevant to today's problem (#alllivesmatter and #ownvoice). It makes us realize that women and their voices are often overlooked and forgotten, making it an inspiring feminist read. Also, you could visit Paris even during this lockdown situation by just reading this book! Looking for books with love, betrayals, drama, mystery, adventure??? Well, all of these are there in this book.

I thank NetGalley and Orbit Books for giving me this wonderful opportunity. All opnions are my own. ( )
  Yogaalakshmi | Sep 2, 2020 |
This premise had so much promise but doesn't deliver because a) too much telling, not enough showing and b) preachiness. DNF. ( )
  fionaanne | Aug 12, 2020 |
Khayyam is spending her summer in France with her mom and dad. She is American, French, Indian, and Muslim and would love to study art in college. Recently, she failed to win a writing contest to get into the college of her dreams. Her boyfriend is posting pictures with other girls and seemed to dismiss Khayyam before she left. All is not lost when she meets Alexandre Dumas.

Leila is struggling, as she is trying to hide her love for a man. Khayyam and Alexandre are researching and trying to understand what happened centuries ago.

The chapters alternate from present, Khayyam’s story to the past, Leila’s story. The history and clues intertwine and keep the reader finding connections between the past and present. I love the power and discoveries of the female characters throughout! The title is a reference to a description Lord Byron used and will become clear as you delve into this fascinating novel!
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  lflareads | Jun 27, 2020 |
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Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.   It's August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet--American, French, Indian, Muslim--is at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Lights.   Two hundred years before Khayyam's summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has "gifted" her with favored status in his harem. In the present day--and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas--Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron.   Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam's lives intertwine, and as one woman's long-forgotten life is uncovered, another's is transformed.

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