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A great novel, worth reading and exploring every bit of it
on 1 May 2015
This book was a very good read, a thrilling one, and an informative one. Even as a Jordanian Arab having heard - and lived - some of the history that this book narrates through its story, I never actually managed to out together all of these events as one in my head, yet the author managed to connect the major - as well as some of the minor events - of the modern Palestinian history in a coherent, capturing and informative narrative.
The narrative summons the events that the Palestinian refugees went through after the Zionists took over their land, and they even tried to rob them off their narrative, which makes such a well-written novel an important work of historical fiction. The author quoted journalists, books, studies and reports and enhanced her narrative with real events that are well documented. She also managed to add the American aspect of the Palestinian oppression, whether it is the oppressive political support of Israel, the Black community's similarities with the Palestinian refugees, or the oblivious Western public to Palestine, the Arabs, and the Zionist rape of Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan (all mentioned within the narrative in a very coherent and well narrated form), which their taxes fund, and which have stimulated some retaliation elements against the American interests in the region (the author integrates the American embassy in Beirut and its suicide bombing within her narrative).
The characters are full and alive in this book, even while some aren't as detailed as other, the book's characters are colorful and they add to the narrative constructively. With regards to the narrative, it is coherent, not a lot of time-jumps, and even when those occur they are coherent and non-disruptive.
I enjoyed it a lot, and finished it within a couple of days due to the excitement it rose in me.
My takes on the novel were some weaknesses in the narrative here and there - very few, as well as the cramming up of characters and events in some sections in a way that doesn't allow the reader to breath while reading. It is a highly recommended book, maybe similar to the Kite Runner in some aspects, yet definitely not like A Thousand Splendid Suns.
A great read for anyone interested in the modern history of Palestine, as well as anyone interested in developing a sense of humanity against oppression by viewing the oppressed in such a narrative.