1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The book is a beautifully crafted account of the Reza Shah Pahlavi's life and times. Every revolution is unique in nature but the Iranian one has always intrigued me as the Iranian people were not exactly famished either financially or physically , which is a common factor almost mandatory in most revolutions. The author pitches the same question; how could the people hate Shah so much, even after the Shah did so much for them?
The attention to context details personal life of the Shah and his immediate family in a very vivid detail. The author has blended the art of Eastern story telling with Western detail to produce a real page turner.
The book offers the best story… Read more
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The story appeared interesting and I guess because it is supposed to be a true story there weren't a lot of twists. But I did find it strange when the Pushtun women in the book are depicted as wearing sari's over an over again. Being a Pakistani and having lived in closed proximity of Pushtuns, I have yet to see any of their women wearing a sari. The other aspect which troubled me reading this rather sad account was the chosen name of the book as the 'Orphan of Islam'. Granted a number of Muslims were instrumental in the authors 'kidnapping' and forced incarceration in Pakistan but some of the very same Muslims helped him break free from his captivity as well. More so, the author has given… Read more
I have always loved Wilbur's novels. The world he creates is so real that the outside real world seems like a fantasy in comparison. This story is special as it creates the a perfect specimen of a successful leader. The protagonist has demonstrated all the attributes of such a mythical human lion, a true leader. Someone who demonstrates the following behaviours (I am an Engineer after all :)
Prone to bursts of anger.
Just to the core.
A failure at school and organised lessons.
Prefers to learn from his experiences.
Rebellious yet never being a pessimist for too long.
Loves the thrill of the hunt.
Takes pride in his… Read more