The Sheik

The Sheik

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 08/02/1996
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ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY READ AND BESTSELLING NOVELS OF THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY'He was looking at her with fierce burning eyes that swept her until she felt that the boyish clothes that covered her slender limbs were stripped from her.'The Sheik - to become notorious as Rudolph Valentino's greatest screen role - is an astonishing and touchingly artless expression of female sexual masochism. One of Virago's trio of turn-of-the-century erotic bestsellers along with Elinor Glyn's Three Weeks and Ethel M. Dell's The Way of an Eagle, its wilful heroine, is kidnapped and subjugated by the cruel but strangely compelling Sheik Ahmed who, it emerges, is not all that he seems.This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilisation as we know it. The influence of The Sheik on romance writers and readers continues to resonate. Despite controversy over its portrayal of sexual exploitation as a means to love, The Sheik remains a popular classic for its representation of the social order of its time, capturing contemporary attitudes toward colonialism as well as female power and independence that still strike a chord with readers today.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781860490934
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 15 mm

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