This chilling romance tells the story of Lotfiya and her childhood sweetheart Amin. In a tale that flows around one of Cairo's oldest houses and the great Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Lotfiya becomes the victim of terrifying forces. Knowing of the rumors concerning the ancient well in her house, and its powers to tell the future, Lotfiya has always feared it. But when Amin returns, she cannot resist testing the legend. One look inside the well is enough to unleash mad waters which pursue her fiercely until she is saved by a mysterious intervention. The story is adapted from elements first retold by J.G. ("John") Gayer-Anderson (1881-1945) in a book entitled Legends of the Bait el Kretliya (published 1951). John Gayer-Anderson collected several legends surrounding the house which he occupied and restored during the 1930s-40s. His story of Lotfiya was also broadcast on Egyptian radio on the occasion of the wedding of King Farouk in 1938. The house is open to the public. (Grades 2-5)
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I felt a bit let down with the ending of this legend; I wanted to know if Lotfiya would marry Amin, but I guess that was not the point of the story! The illustrations are interesting and depict this part of Cairo well. I have never been to the Gayer-Anderson Museum and would now like to visit where this story takes place. I am curious to read this book to my students and hear their reaction. There are not many books set in Egypt that do not have to do with Ancient Egypt! This book could tie in nicely with my unit on Modern Egypt, as well as with a unit on tales and legends.