An Obvious Enchantment

An Obvious Enchantment Perched above the Indian Ocean and surrounded by lush foliage that blocks out everything but the sea sweet frangipani jasmine and wild orchid the Hotel Salama is an unlikely place to conduct researc

  • Title: An Obvious Enchantment
  • Author: Tucker Malarkey
  • ISBN: 9780375758201
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perched above the Indian Ocean and surrounded by lush foliage that blocks out everything but the sea sweet frangipani, jasmine, and wild orchid the Hotel Salama is an unlikely place to conduct research Proud, sharp tongued, and solitary by disposition, Ingrid Holtz arrives at the hotel in search of her professor, Nick Templeton, to whom she is drawn by interests of a moPerched above the Indian Ocean and surrounded by lush foliage that blocks out everything but the sea sweet frangipani, jasmine, and wild orchid the Hotel Salama is an unlikely place to conduct research Proud, sharp tongued, and solitary by disposition, Ingrid Holtz arrives at the hotel in search of her professor, Nick Templeton, to whom she is drawn by interests of a than academic nature Templeton is a maverick, as much reviled for his unconventional methods as he is envied for his results His latest theory has driven him to the island of Pelat, to unravel a legend about an ancient African king said to have brought Islam to the Swahili coast No one has heard from him in months.Tangled in a mystery whose clues lurk in the pages of the Koran, and transported into a world where women are possessed by spirit husbands and fresh curses are whispered over tea, Ingrid is forced to realize that there are many things she does not know about this man who inhabits her dreams and haunts her mind With the help and hindrance of Finn Bergmann, the enigmatic son of the founder of Salama, she begins to uncover a web of alarming incidents Templeton s research has carried him to the hot core of the island s darkest confrontation How far will he go in his passion for the truth What is he willing to do to protect his newfound faith and where has he gone Ingrid embarks on a quest that opens her heart and threatens to unravel her mind.An epic tale of love and faith, An Obvious Enchantment marks the debut of a stunning new literary talent It is a story about desire for love, for knowledge, and for God and about our capacity to ensnare ourselves in the deceptive architecture of our own dreams Like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, it plunges you from the first page into a sensuous world of seductive characters and duplicitous charm, a world alive with color and atmosphere from which it is hard to emerge without wanting to return.

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    About “Tucker Malarkey”

    1. Tucker Malarkey

      Tucker Malarkey was raised in San Francisco She attended Georgetown University and was then hired by the Washington Post where she spent the next four years working on the Foreign Desk and then with columnist Haynes Johnson on the book, SLEEPWALKING THROUGH HISTORY, a best selling account of the Reagan years Before accepting a magazine job in New York, she decided to go to Africa for three months, visiting an island off the coast of Kenya where there were no cars and only the occasional phone a place that seemed ideal for figuring out a life plan The trip that was to last three months lasted two years Much of the first year was spent on the aforementioned island, where she taught Moslem boys in a broken down school house with dirt floors and decided her life plan would involve writing fiction From the island the setting for AN OBVIOUS ENCHANTMENT she traveled to South Africa, where Nelson Mandela had just been released The country was experiencing a euphoric optimism about the future and Ms Malarkey stayed on to teach English in the townships outside of Capetown while continuing to support herself with freelance magazine work Because African countries were then penalizing those who stayed in South Africa longer than two months, Ms Malarkey was denied re entry to Kenya She did not return to the island for five years.Upon returning to America, she was admitted to the Iowa Writers Workshop where she began a novel for which she received a Michener Grant in 1994 She spent the next few years teaching and working on various literary projects between Portland and New York City, while at work on a second novel She currently teaches writing workshops in Portland s public school system and is the Editor at Large for TIN HOUSE magazine, a literary journal based in Portland and New York She is at work on her third novel.

    844 thoughts on “An Obvious Enchantment”

    1. I really enjoyed this one from Tucker Malarkey. After reading her novel Ressurection I had to try this one and it was an extremely enjoyable read. She tends to blend in a lot of the exPat community in her novels and this is a great description of Africa and the tenuous relationship between Whites and Blacks in modern day africa. It reads like a 1940s setting but really this is what Africa is like today. Her sense of place reminds me of an Anthropologist writing a great fictional story. Her chara [...]


    2. Another book read at the suggestion that it might help me as I finish my novel (with techniques for how to pull off various literary feats!). In fact it did help, and it was interesting, but I wish it was about 100 pages shorter. I felt that the story (the search for an African king who could have brought Islam to the Middle East) got lost or rather what I mean is that I got lost at times. Still worth a read if you need something for the beach.


    3. I have recommended this wonderful book to everyone I know, and can't get anyone to read it. It's an enticing story about love, faith, anthropology, and how Islam made its way to Africa. Maybe people resist anything that mentions Islam, but it's not political or controversial. Someone read this book!


    4. So conflicted about how to rate this book. I feel like I struggled along with main character trying to figure out what she wants (and by extension the plot). Turned out to be kind of a weird journey - liked the book but didn't love it.


    5. A tale taking place in Africa about a search for a professor by his intrepid student. The professor went in search of the origins of Islam. The lead character was a bit hard to believe but it's a good vacation read.


    6. Patience is required in getting through this oneI give this book a C+. I saw this book advertised in the NY Times Book Review one Sunday. Random House was apparently banking on this first time novelist by spending their marketing dollars. I think I was most attracted by the choice words given the title of the book. I was disappointed in the novel because it seemed to ramble on at times without substantial storyline. I found many philosophical lines that I did learn from. I wish the book had focu [...]


    7. I read this book looking for some easy-read entertainment. It's what I got. The plot wasn't too complicated but it was a fun read. It was a story of a woman who's nearing her 30th birthday and trying to "find herself." The main story was really that of fruitless searches that lead nowhere or to disappointing ends. In the process, the characters find that what they're looking for usually isn't what they think it is. If they can step back and "lose their bearings" for a moment they can find their [...]


    8. Very different,her first book, takes place on an island off the African coast on the Indian Ocean. The main character is a college teacher trying to track down her professor adviser Nick Templeton, and follow his research & clues trying to unravel a legend about an ancient African king said to have brought Islam to the Swahili coast. She stays in a Muslim family compound. Lots about Muslim values vs. a luxury hotel (where the ex-pats drink too much)vs. appreciating the land and its finite re [...]


    9. This book was recommended to me. I have never heard of this author before. I really did like the story, but didn't love it. The setting is Africa. An anthropology student goes to this Island in search of her beloved, elderly mentor/professor. The characters were all a bit odd, or self absorbed, or obsessed, or something? The student tries to gain the attention of a young man, Finn who has lots of sex appeal, but no committment or apparent interest. So that was what kept me reading, to see if and [...]


    10. I enjoyed this book. I will be keeping it in my library. I loved the descriptions of the island and the people that live there. I found it very deep, with a people fighting to keep their culture alive. There was a lot of metaphor, especially dealing with the Koran. I appreciated Muslim characters just trying to live a normal life within their beliefs. I found the anthropologist a weak point in the story.


    11. I really liked this book, though I can imagine not everyone would. There is a lot of mystery and suspense in it, but the psychological aspect, which I enjoy, isn't for everyone. It's hard to describe the author's technique, which encompassed religious sentiment and effective emotional and physical description, while leaving an impression of being said with few words.The back flap likened the book to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which seems apt to me.


    12. Not a fan. The story didn't seem to really go anywhere. There were pieces but they didn't all come together. I was also disappointed because Islam seemed like an after-thought addition more than a well-woven in thread (as the summary suggested it would be). [Which I guess is more of a complaint for the jacket-writer :)] Also fair warning, there were some rather vulgar bits. The author did create atmosphere well, I'll say that.


    13. Though it was an enjoyable read, it was not near the quality of story or writing as that of her second book, RESURRECTION. Ms. Malarkey's craft definitely improved between publications. I did read her second book first (they are independent stories) and that probably was what contributed to the lower rating on this book. This was an entertaining well developed storya fine read.


    14. Didn't like it, didn't finish it, no one in our book group liked it. Boring, pretentious story, poorly written, with characters I didn't care about or like. Ingrid, graduate student traveling to Africa, Finn, who lives there, the elusive professor, unrealistic grants, . . . Malarkey"!


    15. I really enjoyed this book. It is much better than her other novel Resurrection. I was totally transported to this x-pat community on a small island off of Africa and really felt what the heroine was feeling. What a great trip!


    16. I've started this and will not finish it. I got 130 pages into it and was still waiting for the story line to get going. There are so many asides and background information that I was getting bogged down on too much information and not enough plot. Not worth my time.




    17. Terrible, horrendous book. I couldn't force myself to finish reading this one and I do NOT stop reading books very often. The plot was monotonous and no conclusion seemed in reach.




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