While the Sands Whisper

While the Sands Whisper

by Linda Ruth Horowitz


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A Cultural Heritage Literary Novel:

. . . her camera reveals unforseen secrets of a ruthless desert

No stranger to challenge; the freelance American-Israeli documentary photographer, embarks on an adventure-filled, hazardous journey to photograph the Bedouin of Sinai.
Ayishah meets her charismatic desert guide, Hakim Al-khalifa; whose life is lived on a rugged terrain where a constant battle for survival forces the Bedouin into illicit dealings,

Thirty years his elder, their age difference mean little in a parched landscape hiding so many secrets. Ayishah is slowly drawn into a highly-fobidden love affair, and learns of Hakim's dangerous underground involvement in opium and female trafficking from Sinai to Israel.

Along this risky journey Ayishah becomes suspect of Egyptian authorities, and together with two innocent Russian women; prey of a Russian prostitution syndicate, Ayishah is now forced to escape her beloved Sinai.

This novel is a result of many journeys to the Gulf of Akaba and Sinai's mystical landscapes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483939469
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/06/2013
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Educated at the University of Hardcore Travel...
53 countries stamped into her passports...

For over two decades, the author, Linda Ruth Horowitz has worked as a freelance photo-journalist in Scandinavia and Europe, publishing photographs and stories for magazines and publications.

Her works have been exhibited internationally.

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While the Sands Whisper 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bruce Cook for Readers' Favorite Linda Ruth Horowitz book While the Sands Whisper has great multi-media appeal. Through the eyes of Ayishah (her main character) – a freelance American-Israeli documentary photographer – the reader enjoys a stunning series of vignettes reminiscent of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. In While the Sands Whisper, Linda takes the reader through a stunning kaleidoscope of scenes that could be described as a travelogue, autobiography, or even a strong personal confession. Horowitz’s scenes leave an indelible impression. She freely offers introspection, admitting us to her feelings of uncertainty, wonder, and love. We learn things we’d never expect to know. For example, using first person singular, she helps the reader witness Ayishah’s experiences with drugs, and gunfights.  Horowitz’s images are at once compelling and confusing. Readers feel the heat of the desert, the cool night, and the mystery of living with families who speak another language. Her language is intense. It’s worth reading the book just to witness her portrayal of the Bedouin people in the Sinai area. Like “gypsy” bands of Europe, they evoke mystery and intrigue in everyone who sees them. Through Ayishah’s eyes, we see unexpected honor and integrity, even while these desert people are trafficking in Russian women for the purpose of sexual exploitation! Horowitz book titillates the reader as she painstakingly traces Ayishah’s increasing attraction to her hired guide Hakim. Ayishah eventually overcomes cultural taboos and submits to his charms. At the same time, she fills her readers’ hearts with an uneasy feeling about borders, concluding “I hate them, these terrible, terrifying borders…only here to create a distance between us.” I enjoyed this book. It is an interesting and informative read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page after page, this book fascinates me! The love, the emotions, the mystery and the magic of this book are unique! I highly recommend it to those who want to be brought into a world of wonders. Reading it took me back to my many trips in Sinai. It is great to read about the places that I've visited and where I've experienced wonderful feelings. It is like I'm there again. Lovely book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Beautifully written in its own flowing, nomadic lifestyle… a learning experience of the Middle East.” 
Ginny15 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to other people who like books that take them to places they haven't been (unless you've been to the Sinai desert). The main character Ayishah (a photographer) is working through some issues from choices she made when she was a young mother on a kibbutz while she has a romance with her guide to the Sinai. He is a married Bedouin who is half her age.  I learned a lot about the Sinai and Bedouin culture (both the good and the bad), and I enjoyed the sexy romance between these two people who never should have been together. The book had lots of great descriptions of the desert.
IndieHeart More than 1 year ago
In this novel, the sense of place is as much a character in the novel as Ayishah, Hakim, and the other characters who populate the story. Life on a conservative Israeli kibbutz, the homes and lifestyle of the Bedouins of the Sinai, and Jerusalem (although it plays a smaller part) are described in a way that let's you pretend along that you are there, feeling the hot desert breeze. The characters in the novel are complex. Readers who have difficulty identifying with a protagonist who sees more shades of gray than most people may have difficulty with this novel. If you are able to suspend your sense of morality for a while, you will enjoy this book for the picture it paints of one woman trying to find her way in two cultures she was not raised in. I would seldom have agreed with the things that Ayishah did, but I very much enjoyed reading her story. In addition to romance and exotic locations, While the Sands Whisper has gangsters, human trafficing, and rains of bullets. Definitely not a sedate little romance! Although I enjoyed this story, I give it 4 stars instead of 5. It would be a 5 if I didn't think it needed another run-through on the proofreading front. Mind you, it's not chockful 'o problems. I'm just a freak about grammar in published work and would like to see a few punctation problems (commas are so pesky!) and left-out words cleaned up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written book thoughout, not only inviting, but truly submitting you to the Beduin life and spirit. Through written images, wise words and uncountable impacting situations, the book transmits an inviting glance, not only of the Beduin experience, but on you life itself. It enriches you as a person and opens your eyes to yet another one of the worlds beautiful corners through the eyes of a extraordinary writer.
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