is, at its heart, an engaging and erotic love
Sapphira, beautiful and assured, tells in unblushing and
sensuous detail of her journey through life, briefly as an innocent
young girl in Tunisia, then as one of eleven slave girls in an
Arabian sheikh''s harem, where her life changes utterly.
Shamelessly, she reveals the sheikh''s secrets of exotic
lovemaking, and writes down all in her journal, her every thought,
fear, and pleasure, with pressing frankness.
There is much to learn before she is "called" to her Master.
Eunuchs train and instruct her in every facet of the art of
pleasing a man.
..."on one hand, I looked forward to knowing these things, yet
on the other, I was aghast at the way I had to show myself and the
distasteful things I might have to do. It thoroughly unnerved me to
realize that I must know a man in these ways--a man I scarcely
Her description of life in the harem is compelling and moving,
recalling a level of lustful debauchery, submission, and decadence
unimaginable today, but completely believable in the era in which
it is set...and we are like the "fly on the wall" to watch
intriguing, romantic, and sometimes wretched events unfold.