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In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth
In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful, 24 Oct 2012
A wonderful, thoughtful, book, writing on many aspects of death and dying. Sensitive but not sentimental, quite up to date, with useful appendices. If anything can make you think twice about a modern, mechanised 'death', this book will.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One R&hellip by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After reading Jason Elliot's wonderful 'and Unexpected Light' about Afghanistan, I was keen to read more. Unfortunately this book was lightweight and disappointing.
On the plus side, the story is very accessible (Jason Elliots book would be hard going for some). It might appeal to younger readers too, and it does give an interesting description of how the Taliban arrived and the sort of incidents that happened, and a glimpse into people's lives.
On the negative side, I found the characterizations unconvincing, the dialogue boring and obviously fabricated - the author was not there so could not have known. I found it more of a journalistic description than a good novel. It is not… Read more
Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran by Jason Elliot
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stunning detail, 3 Feb 2012
This is the second of Jason Elliots travel books, and I think it's misleading to call them travel books - they are so much more. As travel guides they would be almost useless, but as travel companions they are superb. In line with most other reviewers. I enjoyed enormously the staggering detail about so many aspects of Iranian life and history. I also found some passages a bit too dense, a bit too literary, but for me, that does not spoil the whole book. Some parts are so funny I was crying with laughter - I specially love the bit early on about the traffic!

I consider that most Western Europeans like myself are in dire need of books like this, to undo our prejudice and ignorance.

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