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An Incomplete Revenge

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

by Jacqueline Winspear

An Incomplete Revenge
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    Feb 2008, 320 pages
    Nov 2008, 352 pages

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The Roma People in Britain

From the first page to the last, Winspear sympathetically portrays Maisie Dobb's acceptance of and respect for Roma people, and celebrates their spirit. Sometimes referred to pejoratively as "gypsies" in English speaking countries (a corruption of "Egyptian"), this ancient, family-centered culture is believed to have emerged from warrior classes in what is now Pakistan over a millennium ago. Migrating north and west into Europe by the 16th century, today's Roma are divided by their Indo-Iranian dialect into three general populations: the Dom of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the Lom of Central Europe, and the Rom of Western Europe.

Roma, which simply means ...

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