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"Revolution and Roses" is set in Alexandria, its period the week leading up to King Farouk's abdication, its cast English, Greek and Egyptian, its action swift and exciting. It begins with Eric Blaney's meeting with his half-brother Tim, just arrived from England. Eric is by now an old Alexandrian, married to Lydia, the daughter of Paulos Dragoumis, coffee merchant by profession, political philosopher by preference. He finds Tim in the company of a woman journalist, Elaine, who sees the revolutionary situation as a ...