In fairness, in order to write a review of this man's writings, one has to brush aside their personal opinions regarding him and his regime. Just read the book, the stories and essays contained and look deeply into what he is saying. Gadaffi writes rather poetically, even if he does come across rather rambling at times. He is full of passion for life at the village and desert and hates the modern world and the city. I can relate to what he says about the city hustle and bustle and how everyone is too busy with their own problems and I understand what he states regarding people always wanting more. That is a common trait in people nowadays, give them a bit and they will always want more. His stories and essays are not stories of fiction, but more about his thoughts and feelings. He speaks passionately about his father and it is very thought provoking how he describes "Death." The problem with Gadaffi's writing is that pieces can be picked out at random and he can be ridiculed. However, reading the entire transcript from where a certain quote is extracted from is enlightening.
I have to also mention the story about the astronaunt here which is the only real fictitious story contained in the book. Here again we see issues raised which press heavily on Gadaffi's mind.
The forward by the editor also analyses the stories and essays contained in this book and even raises awareness to some of the alleged terrorist activity this man and his regime have been accused of.
A nicely bound book which is well presented. The photograph of Gadaffi on the front cover and the inside flap are an added bonus. I found it an educational and even enjoyable read.